Burton Process 2016-2017

  • Price: £325
  • Sizes: 152, 155, 157, 159, 162
  • Flex: 5
  • Profile: Camber
  • Shape: True Twin

UPDATE: Check out our review of the 2018/2019 Burton Process here


The Burton Process is one of the brand’s best-loved freestyle models, and has even been digitally recreated for Mark McMorris’ attempt at Hawk-esque computer game dominance. That makes sense; the real-life version has helped the Canadian contest-killer achieve things that once only seemed possible with a cheat code.

It’s got a classic camber bend and is truly twin in both flex and shape, so fans of conventional park boards will love it – especially once you factor in the various features that have increased its strength without adding too much weight. Take the core, for example, which uses a mixture of woods to ensure it’s tough where it needs to be, but as light as possible overall. During the build, the sections of core that sit right at the edges have been laid at 90 degrees to the rest of it, a simple-but-effective way of protecting the edges against heavy impacts.

“There’s plenty of response when you need it, but the overall flex is still fairly forgiving”

The Burton Process also features triax fibreglass, which has made it a little stiffer torsionally than biax alternatives. So there’s plenty of response when you need it, but the overall flex is still fairly forgiving. Hit a rail one minute, or a massive hip the next – it’s all good. When you’re doing the latter, the sintered base ensures you’ll always be able to get as much air as you dare.

If the park’s closed and it’s a day for blasting groomers instead, you’ll get a little extra bite from small protrusions on the edges. These sit right at your bindings, gripping firmer snow like crazy but staying fairly anonymous when you’re not using them. Combined with the camber profile and mid-wide waist, you can have plenty of fun slicing up pistes with the Burton Process.

The Burton Process isn’t as flashy as some of the other sticks in the big B’s range, but when it performs this well then there’s nothing to complain about. Besides, that’s why it costs a mere £325 – a ridiculously good deal for something that’s been proven on the highest stage. Prepare to level up.

Tester’s Verdict

Mike Brindley – Whitelines

Not every snowboard has to feel like a totally unique, never-before-seen bit of kit – and in the best way possible, the Burton Process felt as close to ‘normal’ as I’ve ridden in a while. Once you get going, however, you realise that this ride doesn’t underdeliver in any areas at all.

“It very rarely felt unstable or likely to catch an edge, even in variable conditions”

It’s a bit less skatey and more poppy than the Off-Axis version, and if you’re looking for something that feels like it wants to press, that might be a better option, but this offers up more power to compensate.

It very rarely felt unstable or likely to catch an edge, even in variable conditions. Off side hits it was predictable but snappy, meaning less time thinking about the minute details of your ollie, and more time to consider what you’re going to do in the air.

Trade Secrets

Clemens Millauer – Team Rider, Burton

I have never before been in the situation where I liked a snowboard from the first turn, except with the Process. It just gives me that self-confidence through maximum board control.

The most important thing about my snowboard is that it should feel like it’s a part of my body – and with the Process, it feels like I was born with it strapped to my feet! It gives me perfect hold on big icy takeoffs when doing tech tricks, and makes high-speed and sketchy situations super smooth. Its perfect mix of stiffness and softness has saved me from countless sketchy situations when riding rails.

It’s crazy how good you can press the Process, and how it has so much power and mad pop at the same time. I can’t tell you what kind of terrain this board is made for, because I just love to ride it everywhere.

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