To paraphrase Omar Little, worrying about whether or not this stick will be in the Burton line is like worrying if the sun is going to come up. Still going strong after more than two decades, the Burton Custom returns once again for 2016/17.
The Burton Custom is the big B’s perennial all-mountain favourite, designed to do it all. Gimmicks are kept to a minimum here; it’s just effective tech, employed where it’s needed. Most of its qualities come from Burton’s top drawer, such as its super-fast base, thinner nose and tail, grippy ‘Frostbite’ edges and a layer of carbon that adds a little torsional stiffness.
Plenty of good stuff under the hood, then – but what about the parts you can see? Well, the combination of slightly directional shape with camber profile and twin flex means that this can do it all. There’s plenty of grip on hand for carving, as well as pop for the jumps. It’s fine for the powder too, and riding switch is no problem. In a nutshell, nothing is off the table
The Custom family is a large one – you can always upgrade to the Custom X if you like going hell-for-leather, or check out the Custom Twin for something more freestyle-focused. For many riders, though, the original is still the best.