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Burton Custom X 2015-2016 Snowboard Review

The X, rated

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

Should you buy the Burton Custom X or the Burton Custom? Find out here

The Details:

Anything with the ‘X’ suffix tends to be a supercharged version of the original, and the Burton Custom X snowboard is no exception. A legendary all-mountain board, this has been a favourite of speed demons since its inception.

All the hallmarks of the Custom board are present and correct; subtle directional shape, twin flex, camber profile, sintered base and ‘Squeezebox’ tech. However, the latter is souped up in the X with the addition of carbon fleece on the outside of the feet for increased response.

There’s more of the stuff incorporated into the fibreglass too, bringing the weight down and making it pop to the moon – if you’ve got what it takes to manipulate the super-stiff flex, of course. Its Dragonfly core is 100 grams lighter than the Custom’s Superfly variant, with specialist wood additions to keep it as strong as its heavier brother.

There are a few flavours of Custom available this year, and it’s definitely worth taking the time to compare them before you buy. However, if your idea if heaven is grabbing the first lift on a crisp bluebird day and pointing it down the fresh corduroy until you feel the G’s, then this one should be at the top of your list.

TESTER’S VERDICT:
Darren Williamsthesnowboardshop.co.uk

“Not for the faint hearted, the Burton Custom X is a cambered snowboard that takes no prisoners as it takes you from the top of the hill to the bottom in the blink of an eye.

It’s Burton’s most aggressive board, and is both super responsive and super fast so beginners beware. It has a new super light core and a competition-grade base which will have you blasting past you mates and gliding along the flats with no effort at all.

It does feel pretty darn narrow, though (I’m a size UK10 and my boots grabbed a few times), and it’s really not great if you have a hangover. You need to be switched on to shred this!”

“A cambered snowboard that takes no prisoners as it takes you from the top of the hill to the bottom in the blink of an eye”

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