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Burton Custom 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

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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.

Tester’s Verdict

Andrew Duthie – Whitelines

“No matter how often the industry enjoys a brief fling with new shape concepts, there’ll the appeal of a classic all-mountain board will always endure – and the Custom is about as fine an example of as you could hope to find.

If you’re looking for something that’ll make you feel ten years younger, move along. For all its strengths, the Custom isn’t likely to completely shake up your riding. Think of it as a dependable workhorse rather than a wild stallion.

For something that’s so stable at speed, it’s nice and light. In every sense it feels high-quality, so while there are cheaper all-rounders out there, it’s worth stumping up a bit more for this.

I’d recommend it mainly to the rider who spends most of their time pinging down the groomers at full tilt, but dabbles in a bit of freestyle. Given how many of us fit in that category, it’s no surprise that so many of these are sold every year.”

“I’d recommend it mainly to the rider who spends most of their time pinging down the groomers at full tilt, but dabbles in a bit of freestyle”

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