- Price: £405
- Sizes: 152, 156, 159, 159W, 162W, 163, 168
- Flex: 7
- Profile: Setback Camber
- Shape: Directional
Already a hit with pow-chargers, the Burton Flight Attendant is set to scoop up even more fans in the 2016/17 season. For its third winter the range has been increased from three sizes up to seven, giving more folk than ever the chance to find out what this stalwart of the Family Tree line can offer.
As was always the case, it’s got a directional freeride design in pretty much every way. Profile-wise it has camber towards the back foot and rocker at the nose, giving you grip and power on piste as well as a big, buoyant nose for pow days. There’s a slight taper to the shape as well, and the stance reference points are a little set back.
"Whatever you do with the Burton Flight Attendant, make sure you do it fast"
The board as a whole is stiffer than average, but stops short of uber-rigid. There’s plenty of power when you need it; triax fibreglass delivers rapid edge-to-edge response, and there’s a carbon rod that increases the snap from end to end. It’s no bucking bronco, however, and if you want to get a little loose with it then the option is there.
In fact, it’s been specifically designed to ride similarly to a twin board, despite the shape. While you stance will be closer to the tail, your feet sit evenly across the sidecut. As you approach a side-hit and launch into the air, it’ll behave more like a freestyle board than you might expect. Then when things get choppy, that extended rocker nose makes this much easier to handle than a park stick.
Whatever you do with the Burton Flight Attendant, make sure you do it fast. The sintered base is the highest-quality version in the Burton line, so screaming down the piste is a must. You don’t only have to choose route one, however; whether it’s long arcs in the powder or short, sharp turns down the piste, this makes turning a treat.
For a one-time owner and lover of this board I was glad to see that it’s still remained largely unchanged: power in the back (camber between the feet) and a party in the front courtesy of its huge directional rocker and taper.
"This thing floats but still hammers turns and slashes whilst feeling like a ‘proper powder board’, and you can ride it the same length as a park stick."
The result is that this thing floats but still hammers turns and slashes whilst feeling like a ‘proper powder board’, even though you can ride it the same length as a park stick. That means it’s agile enough in the air to tweak grabs and huck spins, but on touchdown that big nose comes into play again and sees you safely into the next feature.
If you like piste bashing, this thing eats groomers for breakfast. It’s for maching round the mountain, rinsing powder pockets and wearing shit-eating grins through huge white rooms – a delight.