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Burton Custom Flying V 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2017/2018 Burton Custom Flying V here

The Details:

It’s not for nothing that the Burton Custom Flying V boasts exactly the same graphic as the Burton Custom. Bar the difference in profile (and one or two size variants), this is the same board that has threatened to outsell the Bible for the last twenty years.

Depending on how you look at it, its all-terrain cred is actually enhanced by the addition of the ‘Flying V’ profile. The rocker section between the feet makes this board easier to keep on top of deep snow, and also takes some of the effort out of presses and butters. It’ll still hold a strong edge on piste, though; the camber sections under each foot offer the purchase you need, and they’re helped out by protrusions at the bindings.

It does mean that the Custom Flying V doesn’t have quite the same pop and strong edge hold as its cambered cousin, but you’re essentially making a trade-off. More aggressive riders should still opt for the standard Custom (or even the Custom X, if they really want to feel the G’s), but those looking for a slightly more forgiving profile will get on famously with the Burton Custom Flying V.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike Brindley – Whitelines

“My first impressions of the Custom Flying V were great! Predictable, forgiving as you might expect, and from the word go it feels like the kind of board that you want to take all over the mountain. In deep snow I did find myself a little bit under-gunned compared to others on freeride specific whips – but with slightly better vis, and/or a more set-back stance (easily done with The Channel system) I can’t imagine having the same problems.

On piste the Flying V was perfectly happy turning at speed, but came across as more of an all-rounder that you’d get used to than a crud-busting powerhouse. The profile felt poppy enough, and fun; and although we didn’t have the conditions for park riding, it certainly felt malleable enough to tackle a wide range of jibs without buckling as you step up to larger features.”

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