A new model for 2015/16, the Burton Tough Cat shows its hand right from the off with that name. Clearly, this one isn’t for pussyfooting around the blue runs; only fans of aggressive riding – both on and off piste – need apply.
Monicker aside, there’s a lot that identifies this as one for high speeds and hard carves. It only comes in the larger sizes, is as stiff as the Custom X, and has a setback camber profile that improves float in the powder while still gripping the hard stuff like a limpet.
Although the stance reference points have been set back too, your feet sit right in the middle of the sidecut which gives you the feel of a twin-shaped board when riding at lower speeds.
Of course, the nose is bigger than the tail, so with that and the nature of the camber profile you’ll want to spend most of your time in your preferred stance – and at top speed wherever possible. With its sintered base and a core that’s reinforced at the edges, it’ll really excel when you’re hammering it down.
This Cat’s not right for the park, but will sail off natural hits and down pillow lines with aplomb. If you’re not afraid to open the throttle, this will deliver the goods.