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Burton Kilroy Custom 2017-2018 Snowboard Review

  • Price: £365 / €440
  • Lengths: 154, 158
  • Flex: 5
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: Directional Twin
  • burton.com

Bad news for fans of the Burton Custom Twin – the freestyle-focused version of the best-selling board of all time has been retired. In its place comes this, the Burton Custom Kilroy. It’s a different beast, but one that we’re sure will find its own following soon enough.

“The Burton Custom Kilroy is slightly less techy than the regular Custom”

The Burton Custom Kilroy is slightly less techy than the regular Custom; the core isn’t quite as light, there’s no layer of carbon or extra-grippy ‘Frostbite’ edges, the base isn’t as tech and it’s a little softer between the feet. It all adds up to a looser, more forgiving ride that better suits the Kilroy image. After all, the Custom is great, but not everyone wants that level of precision all the time.

Yes, it’s slightly directional in its design, but as the young Kilroy crew have proven, it’s still more than capable of tearing up the park. Unless you’re really anal about having a perfectly-balanced ride both regular and switch, you’ll get on fine with this.

We doubt the visiting American GIs could have foreseen that the Kilroy character would one day end up on a snowboard (or two snowboards, once you factor in the Burton Kilroy Process), but that big-nosed goon is sure to plant its flag on mountains around the world in 2017/18.

Tester’s Verdict

Sam McMahon – whitelines.com

“The standard Custom is always one of the most versatile and beloved boards available, year after year, but sometimes adjectives like ‘trusted’ and ‘reliable’ don’t necessarily sound like they’ll be the most fun on the mountain. However, give it a radical new shape and strip away the tip-to-tail carbon, and suddenly you’ve got something that both rides like it’s had over 20 years of refinement and feels like a new kid on the block, all at the same time.

“Give it a radical new shape and strip away the tip-to-tail carbon, and suddenly you’ve got something that both rides like it’s had over 20 years of refinement and feels like a new kid on the block”

Turning, power and pop are all as nailed down as it ever was in a Custom because, duh, it’s a Custom, but the look of it inspires you to get lower, go faster and swing it off side hits more than Burton ever managed by adding rocker or carbon to the design. In short, out of the Custom family it’s by far the funnest.”

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