Burton Deep Thinker 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

  • Sizes: 154, 157, 157W, 160, 160W, 163W
  • Flex: 7
  • Profile: Setback Camber
  • Shape: Directional
  • Price: £499 / €579

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2019/2020 Burton Deep Thinker here

It’s hard enough to get one pro model, let alone two, but Danny Davis just the kind of rider to qualify. His ability to slay both parks and powder have led to the Burton Free Thinker and this, the Burton Deep Thinker.

Not that this one isn’t for freestyle; the shape is directional, yes, but not to the extent that you wouldn’t want to attempt a switch landing into pow. There’s certainly enough pop to get airborne easily, courtesy of the backseat camber profile and stiff flex.

“Thanks to its subtle taper and sink-friendly tail, the Burton Deep Thinker is a breeze to ride in the backcountry”

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Also worth mentioning is the ‘Squeezebox’ core. As you move from one end of the board to the other, it varies in thickness. The end result is a deck that flexes in all the right places, and strong where it counts. It’s a subtle effect, but one that improves every ollie and keeps the overall weight down.

Thanks to its subtle taper and sink-friendly tail, the Burton Deep Thinker is a breeze to ride in the backcountry. At the same time, you don’t want to get too complacent; the carbon-enhanced fibreglass makes it very responsive, so confident snowboarders will fare better.

It’s not always a pow day, of course, but when this is limited to the groomers it still has plenty to offer. There are subtle protrusions at the contact points which keep the edge glued to the piste through the turns. Even in the slickest, iciest conditions, this design trick really works.

“Subtle protrusions at the contact points keep the edge glued to the piste through the turns”

As for the base, it’s a high-quality sintered version that allows the Deep Thinker to go like the clappers. As we mentioned earlier, you’d be wasting this if you weren’t prepared to take a few risks. There’s also a built-in stomp pad, should you wish to step up your one-footer game…

If you’re all about the park and pipe, the twin-shaped Free Thinker may be the one you want, but if you’re a freestyle-loving pow fiend then the Burton Deep Thinker is more than worthy of your attention.

Tester’s Verdict


“The topsheet of the Deep Thinker makes you feel like you are wearing a brand new jacket from JD sports, with all the blue and yellow trimmings – whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to you really…

Aesthetics aside, when I came to ride the Deep thinker it was strong and powerful on the piste. It also had an element of agility that I couldn’t ignore when it came to riding the fresh snow we had been graced with that week.

“The Deep Thinker was strong and powerful on the piste”

It was perfect conditions to admire the strengths of the Deep Thinker, which has obviously had some good thought put into it. The rockered nose gives you a nice gliding feeling as you go from edge to edge.

You can’t just let this board take you for a cruise though; I felt like despite the agreeable profile I couldn’t let my guard down with this. Not a problem, though; the design elements are there for someone who knows how take advantage of them, and charge until they’re out of breath.

An addictive board, to say the least.”

Tester’s Verdict


“I had a blast on this board. The day I rode it was a day after a fresh dump of snow, so there were both fresh patches and tracked out areas. but I didn’t really notice the difference as this thing just charged through it all with ease.

“It was a lot lighter and nimbler than I had anticipated”

Blasting off side hits and cliff drops felt like a breeze with this board as it was a lot lighter and nimbler than I had anticipated. Edge to edge was smooth and stable, giving a little confidence boost when pinning it down the pistes and laying out big carves.

The only thing I could really fault it on was that it was a little on the stiffer side than I’d personally enjoy, and would be a little lacklustre on a rail line, but thats nit-picking. Besides, it’s not what it was designed for!”

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