Park boards are no good if they’re heavy, which is why the Burton Talent Scout has a lightweight core that varies in thickness as you travel from nose to tail. There’s no excess wood where you don’t need it, which has the added bonus of improving the flex pattern. The varying sections have also been laid out to match the duck-footed stance that’s typical of most freestyle-focused riders.
That’s not the only asymmetrical element that you’ll find hidden under the Talent Scout’s hood. Burton’s signature ‘Frostbite’ edges, which protrude out a little where the camber bend ends, are placed at slightly different points on the heel and toe edges, to more effectively match your needs in each turn.
“New for this year is a reworked triax fibreglass, made to suit lighter riders”
New for this year is a reworked triax fibreglass, made to suit lighter riders. The product of extensive testing, it’s been applied to all of Burton’s women’s board to provide female riders with a better balance of torsional stiffness that doesn’t make the deck too tough to manipulate.
To ensure a fresh-out-the-box feel, the board is given an even bend with a unique press that breaks it in, reducing the chance of it breaking for real. If you’re using this right, it’ll be dealing with some big forces, so any peace of mind on that front is welcome.
After its successes in Pyeongchang, we’re expecting to see more Burton Talent Scouts than ever across the world’s parks and pipes in 2019 – and we couldn’t be happier.