Burton Mystery Fish 2018-2019 Snowboard Review

UPDATE: Check out our review of the new 2019/2020 Burton Mystery Snowboard here

Inspired by a Craig Kelly pro model of old, Burton now releases an insanely high-spec snowboard each year. Recently it’s been a new take on an established classic; last year it was the Malolo that got the treatment, but for 2018/19 it’s the turn of the Fish. The end result: the Burton Mystery Fish.

Not everyone will be persuaded to part with so much cash, but if any board in Burton’s range could do it then it’d be the Fish. This ever-popular powder stick has the perfect shape and profile for the deep stuff, without losing its usefulness on less bountiful days.

“It’s essentially a ‘concept’ snowboard”

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Staying on top of things is easy thanks to the flat profile and its long rockered nose, and its shorter, wider outline helps out too – even before you take the 3cm of tapering into account. It has always been lightweight and maneuverable, and this year it’s been kicked up a notch.

The ‘Mystery’ glass delivers the most weight saving possible without compromising on strength, and the base is as top shelf as they come, too. It’s essentially a ‘concept’ snowboard; you may well be looking at the future of Burton’s manufacturing process.

Interestingly, there’s no regular version of the Fish for 2018/19 – it’s presumably being given a breather. So the souped-up version is the only game in town, but if your pockets are deep enough then you’ll feel like you got your money’s worth with the Burton Mystery Fish.

Tester’s Verdict

Chris MoranHere Be Treasure

“I LOVED this board. I mean genuinely, felt immediately at home on it as soon as the last click of the binding strap bit into place.

On its silky-smooth base, the Mystery Fish floated like a butterfly over every bit of snow on the mountain and stung like a bee when it was time to push it, push it real good into the salt ‘n’ pepper pockets. I mean, it’s the best powder board Burton can make, so you know – with that heritage, you’d expect it to be good right? And it is. It is really, really good.

“It is really, really good. But would I buy one? Nah, – no way”

But would I buy one? Nah, – no way. For €1,200, I’d rather get a rock-hopper from ebay and spend the remaining €1,150 on a trip out to the mountains. And I’m not even that tight. I just think that there’s no way to justify the price tag.

And more to the point, it was the only board on the test where I genuinely worried about it getting nicked as we fired into pint number two at the Happy Hour bar in Lindarets. And who needs that on their mind?”

Tester’s Verdict


“If you have severe constipation, I would highly recommend this board. Quash those hard lumps with the smooth Burton Mystery Fish and quickly turn what’s in front of you into a mild, lumpy and sausage-like consistency.

“Patience with this will do you no harm, from tree lines to piste hacks”

If you’re lacking in fibre, the clear-cut edges will have you back to normal in no time. Patience with this will do you no harm, from tree lines to piste hacks. Bonk a stool and you’ll be right as rain – or slush – to prevail over this tough time in fine fettle.

Floaters are best served like a smooth, soft sausage or snake. The Mystery Fish is all of these.”

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