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2014 Custom FV 154

Less a review and more a first impression.

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For starters Carbon Highlights noticeably lightens up the board. Even better it livened it up. Snappy edge to edge and a little better than average pop. The rocker between the feet is definitely mellower and the whole FV profile is stretched out and flatter. I've never been a fan of any rocker between the feet, but now that brands like Flow and now Burton are stretching things out and making them flatter things are getting much better. It didn't feel teeter tottery.

I haven't ridden the Custom FV since year one. So it's hard to say whether anyones grip issues were valid. If it hasn't changed much with the 2014 then anyone complaining just doesn't know how to use an edge. This was the first board I rode in the morning on hard, solid groomers and I was digging trenches. Keep it centered or drive a little more into your back foot and it holds hard.

Overall impression: Solid one quiver or all mountain freestyle board. I really couldn't ask for anything more out of it.

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Sweet, thanks for that review, are you going to get a chance to ride an Easy Living? Custom FV is another viable option for me.... I'm buying my first new setup in over 12 years... These are the two boards I'm looking at...
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Less a review and more a first impression.

150lbs
Size 8 K2 Enders
Cartel EST

For starters Carbon Highlights noticeably lightens up the board. Even better it livened it up. Snappy edge to edge and a little better than average pop. The rocker between the feet is definitely mellower and the whole FV profile is stretched out and flatter. I've never been a fan of any rocker between the feet, but now that brands like Flow and now Burton are stretching things out and making them flatter things are getting much better. It didn't feel teeter tottery.

I haven't ridden the Custom FV since year one. So it's hard to say whether anyones grip issues were valid. If it hasn't changed much with the 2014 then anyone complaining just doesn't know how to use an edge. This was the first board I rode in the morning on hard, solid groomers and I was digging trenches. Keep it centered or drive a little more into your back foot and it holds hard.

Overall impression: Solid one quiver or all mountain freestyle board. I really couldn't ask for anything more out of it.
I have been riding 08 TRS, Targas and Vans Fargo's (pretty stiff setup), I recently purchased Custom FV, Cartels and Genesis reflex and K2 Maysis. The bindings were a steal so I picked them both up to put one of them on the TRS. I wanted to go lighter and not so stiff, but not lose any performance. Have you ever had a chance to demo a TRS to compare edge hold, pop and overall all mountain performance? Would appreciate any information.
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Yeah I rode the TRS last year. It has more grip, but it falls under the Mervin issue of too much grip in my experience. The flexes are fairly similar but the Custom has twice as much snap and energy on edge. Its a no brainer for me between the two.

The Easy Livin hasn't changed since I rode it last year. In general its very similar to a Custom. If you want a twin shape go EL, if you want a twin flex the Custom. Both are a great choice.

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Yeah I rode the TRS last year. It has more grip, but it falls under the Mervin issue of too much grip in my experience. The flexes are fairly similar but the Custom has twice as much snap and energy on edge. Its a no brainer for me between the two.

The Easy Livin hasn't changed since I rode it last year. In general its very similar to a Custom. If you want a twin shape go EL, if you want a twin flex the Custom. Both are a great choice.
To me, the Easy Livin also feels a decent amount softer than the Custom FV in both lateral flex and torsional flex. Just my observation between the two. Could not be the case anymore though as i'm comparing a 2011 EL to a 2013 Custom FV.

And +1 on the comparison between the Custom and the TRS.
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Yeah I rode the TRS last year. It has more grip, but it falls under the Mervin issue of too much grip in my experience. The flexes are fairly similar but the Custom has twice as much snap and energy on edge. Its a no brainer for me between the two.

The Easy Livin hasn't changed since I rode it last year. In general its very similar to a Custom. If you want a twin shape go EL, if you want a twin flex the Custom. Both are a great choice.
That's what I'm looking for, lighter weight more pop and energy transfer. Just need some snow to take it for a ride and see how it performs. Thanks for the feedback.
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The Nivek, have you tried the camber version of the '14? Is it also a mellower camber?
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I haven't. It is on my list, though it will likely be the '15 when I ride it.

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Just to update Nivek's review, I demoed the 2015 Burton Custom FV (twin, hybrid) last weekend, along with the Salomon Craft and Jones Flagship. I like the Custom FV the best of the three. Not done the research but from what I understood from the reps, the specific board I demoed was a directional twin (a little stiffer in the back).

The board is a great ride. Of the boards I own, it's a little more stable than the Salomon Sabotage, more playful than the Lib Tech T Rice and maybe closest to the TRS. The Sabotage still beats the Custom FV in my opinion. Although the Custom FV may have a little more stability over the Sabotage, the Sabotage is definitely more responsive edge to edge. Still, the Custom FV is an enjoyable ride and has a lot to offer. I thought it held an edge really well and was surprised given the amount of rocker in between the feet. I'd like to see how it rides in pow--which we just haven't had in the NW this year. This board is a definite quiver killer. I could tell that it would perform well in a lot of different conditions. Very strong intermediate board, pushing advanced.

I also have a TRS, and I would agree with the comments above. I think Custom FV is superior to the TRS. The mag on the TRS gives it a sharper turning radius and for this reason the TRS may be a tad more playful, but it's kind of a clumsy playfulness in my opinion. The Custom FV is smooth--it was a real comfortable ride.

I got to say--the Custom FV that I tried had one of the coolest graphics. It was a limited edition only available to folks with Burton (so I was told). It was pale grey with the stenciled backside bare shoulders and hair of a lady. Sexy but classy.
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