Gear Review: Burton Custom Flying-V

Gear Review: Burton Custom Flying-V

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Gear Review: Burton Custom Flying-V

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Burton Custom Flying-V

Burton Custom Flying-V

The Burton Custom Flying-V is one of those boards that will step up your game no matter where you ride.  For over a decade, the Custom has been one of Burton’s best selling boards.  It rides awesome all over the mountain.  From pow slashes in the trees to hot laps in the park, the Burton Custom is a dream ride for anyone who shreds.  If you are a newcomer to snowboarding, the Custom will be a board you can learn on and it will take you as far as you need to go.  If you are a pro, you’ll be able to boost out of the pipe or stomp the 100+ kicker in the park.  The board can handle ANYTHING and is an amazing all-mountain board!

Over the past few years, both snowboarding and skiing have seen the rise of “rocker” technology.  The technology is actually reverse camber, rather then your traditional cambered boards or skis.  This new technology / shape of boards and skis has brought up a huge debate of which is better: traditional camber or reverse camber.  Well, I’m here to say that Burton gave us an answer to end this debate: the Flying-V.  What makes the “Flying-V” so sick is that is really does have the best of both worlds.  First off, you have reverse camber between your feet, which allows a much “looser” feel and allows the board to easily glide over choppy conditions.  The reverse camber also allows you to get more float when riding powder because you are not fighting the camber in the board.  The board actually wants to stay above the snow, relieving the back leg burn that most of us get when riding pow.  What makes this “flying-v” is that the reverse camber transitions to normal camber underneath the bindings.  This gives the board more edge control and grip, and also gives you more pop on ollies and jumps.  Both the tip and tail have reverse camber, again allowing the board to float in all sno conditions.  See the diagram below for a better idea of the “flying-v”:

Burton's "Flying-V" technology

Burton's "Flying-V" technology

Not only does the Custom Flying-V have the flying-v technology, but it is loaded with Burton’s other features that increase your ride, such as: The Channel, Frostbite edges, Sintered WFO base, Pro-Tip, Lightning Bolts and Infinite Ride.  I will go into more depth with these features in future reviews.  If you are in search for a new board this year, I would seriously consider the Burton Custom Flying-V for the versatility, new technology and overall radness of this board.

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