Burton Modified Fish 2016-2017 Snowboard Review

The Details:

The Burton Modified Fish might not be the most elegantly-named snowboard in history, but it at least gives you a clear idea of its pedigree. It shares much of its DNA, including profile and size range, with the Burton Fish. However, while the original has a very distinctive directional shape, this new take is less specialist.

The base is mostly flat, bending a little more gradually towards the nose to improve its float in powder (a characteristic also aided by the 30mm taper towards the tail). Don’t expect to get the same power through the turns that you would with a camber board, but enjoy the catch-free feel and versatility. While not designed for it, you could mess around with this on the pistes on mellower days.

Get it into the steep and deep, though, and it’ll show you its true colours. Big, open turns are a dawdle, but it’s maneuverable enough to take into tighter lines and trees. The grizzled hellmen of Chamonix might not get what they want out of this, but for almost everyone else this is definitely a powder board to consider.

As for the graphic, the Endor-esque scenes plant this firmly in Burton’s Family Tree range of freeride boards (see also: the Landlord and Flight Attendant).

Tester’s Verdict

Tom Copsey – Onboard

“After being rudely awakened by the rather unforgiving experience of riding the Burton Landlord, the Modified Fish was an altogether more enjoyable affair for an afternoon of mini-shredding combined with high-speed hardpack blasting.

The first word that sprung to mind is ‘surfy’ – a cliché these days but totally apt for this board. The big soft nose eased into turns effortlessly but there’s plenty of stiffness, both torsionally and in the tail, for power in the slashes and carves when you’re gunning it.

All the while it remained friendly enough for anyone of an intermediate level and above to throw around. The tail popped well for soaring over rollers and smacking out methods off cat tracks, and even though it’s fully directional it coped with riding out switch easily enough.

Of course, the Modified Fish’s ideal habitat is deep snow and snaking through trees – there’s no doubt that it would excel in such conditions. Still, it performs equally well as an all-mountain board for cruising, charging and a little bit of jumping. Just don’t get it if the park is your primary focus.
In short: powder-orientated but fun for days all over the hill, and loaded with performance to cope with more aggressive riding, too.”

“The first word that sprung to mind is ‘surfy’ – a cliché these days but totally apt for this board.”


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