• Burton Socialite
  • PRICE: £310
  • FLEX: 3
  • SIZES: 138, 142, 147, 151
  • PROFILE: Flat
  • SHAPE: Asymmetric Twin

At that price you might think the Burton Socialite is for entry-level riders only. Anyone making their first turns on this flat-based, twin-shaped board will no doubt be off to a good start, but no matter how good you are this is worth a peep.

A major upgrade this year is the application of Burton’s ‘Squeezebox’ tech in the core. Put simply, the core has slightly stiffer sections located on either side of the bindings, but is thinner and softer under the feet.

So it’ll be stable when you’re redlining it, but bendy enough for effortless freestyle at slower speeds. Given that the core is a little thinner than average to start with, it makes for a flexible board that can still hold up to the trials and tribulations of all-round riding.

The Squeezebox sections are also angled to compliment the difference between the heel and toe edges; the ‘Frostbite’ protrusions that provide extra grip have been placed at different points on the heel and toe edge, to better match the different forces that you naturally apply to each. It’ll feel the same riding regular or switch, of course, but whichever way you point it the Socialite is equipped to give you great edge hold.

Given that it’s towards the softer end of the spectrum, Alaskan faces aren’t really on the agenda. However, for those who like to dabble in all three P’s – park, piste, and powder – the Socialite may be the answer.

Tester's Verdict

Tammy Esten - mintsnowboarding.com

“The Burton Socialite definitely scores a 10/10 from me. You are guaranteed to have epic amounts of fun on this board no matter what your level.

For intermediate / advanced riders, this twin board will allow you to butter & pop your way around the mountain and through the park, and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

For a lower level rider it’s soft and forgiving, yet still allowing you to progress your riding."

"This twin board will allow you to butter & pop your way around the mountain and through the park, and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face."

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