Burton Role Model 2018-2019 Kids’ Snowboard Review

Despite the name, Burton’s Family Tree line of freeride boards initially only catered for Mum & Dad. These days Junior gets to join the pow party too, thanks to the arrival the Burton Role Model kids’ snowboard.

Part of an emerging (and very welcome) trend for grom-friendly powder boards, the Burton Role model has all the hallmarks of a freeride weapon. The camber is based around the back foot, with a longer rockered nose for steering through fluffy fields.

“The Burton Role Model will suit the larger grom that’s already grasped the basics of snowboarding”

A slight taper in the shape makes it easier to keep afloat without needing to set your bindings back (although with the Channel system, it’s easy to do so if that’s what you want). For 2018/19 it’s been given a twin flex rather than a directional one, so while charging will be more comfortable in your usual stance, switch riding and freestyle – both in and out of bounds – are still possible.

What’s really great about this one is the fact that, while a lot of brands (including Burton itself, in some cases) have been guilty of drastically downgrading the tech in the kids’ version of popular adult’s boards, the Burton Role Model fully lives up to its place in the Family Tree.

“This has all the hallmarks of a freeride weapon”

With triax fibreglass and a high-speed sintered base, no corners have been cut here. If your kid is looking to be taken seriously as an all-mountain shredder, the Role Model is just about the most ringing endorsement you could give.

Now available in a 140cm version as well as the existing 130cm, the Burton Role Model will suit the larger grom that’s already grasped the basics of snowboarding, and has the physicality to really work the shape. For powder, carving or just talking on whatever’s in front of them, it’s the ideal platform.

Tester’s Verdict

Whitelines Grom Team


“I loved this board. It was really light, I was able to spin really easily and it held an edge. I didn’t get to ride it in deep powder, but I rode it in spring snow and it floated really nicely.”


“I liked this board – it felt like the board in between the Jones Mini Mind Expander and the YES PowInc. It was one of the lightest boards I rode, and maybe a little soft on piste, but in soft snow it was great.”

Dad’s Comments

“The more I saw the kids riding powder shapes, the more convinced I became that these are the best all round boards for them. The Role Model is another winner, very light and yet again stiff enough to drive through turns and give the rider some power to play with.

Burton’s Channel system really came into its own on a powder shape as well, because you could play with the stance so easily.”


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