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Burton Custom X

Rode this board for 2 consecutive days.
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 225
Board Length: 160cm
Stance width: 21 1/2"
Bindings: Burton Mission EST (2013) - Slight forward lean.

Found a good deal on a Custom X on Ebay last week and snatched up a Custom X. I was very hesitant because of all the hype about it being "unforgiving" and how 1 wrong move will have you tumbling down the mountain re-evaluating your life.

This board really wasn't all that intimidating, and im NOT a great rider. I started snowboarding in the beginning of last season, but I go fairly often (almost weekly during the east coast season). I don't carve hard or hit very high speeds.

I'm coming off of a Burton Blunt and Custom Flying V, which are considerably softer and less edgy because it's a rocker.

The Custom X felt great right off the bat. This was the first time i rode a traditional camber and loved it. It did take a LOT more leg power than my Blunt, so I was fatigued quicker. I couldnt cruise as easily with the Custom x, but the level of control felt like a big upgrade.

The conditions were very good - Im in the east coast so it's usually hard pack, but Jersey got around 10" of snow a day before I went so it was fairly powdery. I did feel like the board wasnt as great on powder as it was on the occasion hardpack spots though. I really had to jump and pivot to make it through the deeper stuff. So I wouldnt call the Custom X a great deep powder board, but if you're riding mainly hard pack with occasional powder days, then youll enjoy this board.

I did catch an edge 1 time that slammed me onto my stomach/chest but that was when I was riding the deeper stuff and I wasn't putting enough effort into getting around it. After that I was fine.

The board preformed pretty decently over more bumpy terrain. Higher speeds felt comfortable and the board did feel like it wanted to go fast all the time.

I took her off a few smaller jumps and it felt better than my Blunt and FV for sure, it just made me more stable as I landed. Did a few boxes as well and no complaints there, but my blunt did feel like it slid across boxes more smoothly.

It could be because I'm a bigger guy that the board felt a bit less demanding for me because it would flex easier due to my weight, but that's just a theory.

All in all, I'd say if you're looking into getting a Custom X, don't get intimidated by all the scary hype surrounding it. I'm barely an intermediate rider and I had a great time on this thing. But you DEFINITELY need to focus on your riding more and maneuvering it will take more out of you than a softer board. My legs were way more exhausted and sore after riding this than my Blunt or Flying V.

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It could be because I'm a bigger guy that the board felt a bit less demanding for me because it would flex easier due to my weight, but that's just a theory.
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Yes, that board is very much on the small side for your size. I am around the same weight and ride a 168 custom x. You should really be on the 164 (or larger if they still made them any bigger).
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Yes, that board is very much on the small side for your size. I am around the same weight and ride a 168 custom x. You should really be on the 164 (or larger if they still made them any bigger).
Yep, you're right, but I've lost 40 pounds since last season and still losing, so I size down my snowboards for more motivation. Also, my Blunt is 162 and I always felt like I wanted a smaller board so it was personal preference based on experience. I'm big, but nimble
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Nice going on losing the weight. I packed some on since blowing my knee out a few years ago and still trying to get it back off. I was down to 185 before the knee went. If I can get back down to 200 or less and keep it off, I might actually get a new custom x 164 at some point since I love my old one so much.
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Nice going on losing the weight. I packed some on since blowing my knee out a few years ago and still trying to get it back off. I was down to 185 before the knee went. If I can get back down to 200 or less and keep it off, I might actually get a new custom x 164 at some point since I love my old one so much.
Sorry to hear about the knee - An injury is my biggest worry because I enjoy riding so much. The good thing is if you ride often then you're going to lose weight regardless as long as you arent eating terribly, because snowboarding is pretty good exercise. Good luck man! Looking forward to your future Custom X review.
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I am on my 3rd Custom X. Just rode my new one (2015 model 156) yesterday for the first real time. Went up to Mount Snow in VT in the middle of a 3 day snow storm and OH BABY did it dial into the snow. I was thrashing through the powder and crud like I was on a coaster bound to the tracks. Felt so secure and stable no matter how much I pushed it and no matter what the snows conditions (fluffy powder, packer powder, bumpy, whatever).
Edge to edge was very fast. Carved some hard lines out there.

My first was a '10 156. Second was a '13 158. I found that even though I'm about 190lbs, because I'm short (5'4") the 156 works a lot better of me. Pulling the bindings in a full inch on both for my 20" stance width made the 158 feel longer when turning. Hopefully I get my weigh back down to about 180lbs anyway. Got too much muscle with too much stomach lol
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I am on my 3rd Custom X. Just rode my new one (2015 model 156) yesterday for the first real time. Went up to Mount Snow in VT in the middle of a 3 day snow storm and OH BABY did it dial into the snow. I was thrashing through the powder and crud like I was on a coaster bound to the tracks. Felt so secure and stable no matter how much I pushed it and no matter what the snows conditions (fluffy powder, packer powder, bumpy, whatever).
Edge to edge was very fast. Carved some hard lines out there.

My first was a '10 156. Second was a '13 158. I found that even though I'm about 190lbs, because I'm short (5'4") the 156 works a lot better of me. Pulling the bindings in a full inch on both for my 20" stance width made the 158 feel longer when turning. Hopefully I get my weigh back down to about 180lbs anyway. Got too much muscle with too much stomach lol
Nice! I just hit the terrain park seriously for the first time with this board yesterday. Did mostly jumps and boxes and it was fairly decent.

Out of curiosity, why did you need to get a 3rd custom x? Did your first 2 wear out? Weren't ideal sizes for you anymore?
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Sort of wondering the same thing myself. I still have the 09' model I bought in 2010. I don't ride the x all the time since I keep other boards around to ride...I think I have put maybe 50-60 days in the last 5 years on that board (minus 1 season I missed from knee injury) and just starting to think about getting another. But can't really justify doing it yet since they have not really changed all that much and this one is still pretty good even though it is a little beat up. Guessing you probably did not like the size or just like to have brand new stuff all the time?

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I am on my 3rd Custom X. Just rode my new one (2015 model 156) yesterday for the first real time. Went up to Mount Snow in VT in the middle of a 3 day snow storm and OH BABY did it dial into the snow. I was thrashing through the powder and crud like I was on a coaster bound to the tracks. Felt so secure and stable no matter how much I pushed it and no matter what the snows conditions (fluffy powder, packer powder, bumpy, whatever).
Edge to edge was very fast. Carved some hard lines out there.

My first was a '10 156. Second was a '13 158. I found that even though I'm about 190lbs, because I'm short (5'4") the 156 works a lot better of me. Pulling the bindings in a full inch on both for my 20" stance width made the 158 feel longer when turning. Hopefully I get my weigh back down to about 180lbs anyway. Got too much muscle with too much stomach lol
Nice! I just hit the terrain park seriously for the first time with this board yesterday. Did mostly jumps and boxes and it was fairly decent.

Out of curiosity, why did you need to get a 3rd custom x? Did your first 2 wear out? Weren't ideal sizes for you anymore?

First one, my edges began to get really scratched up. Began getting to a point were I could even tune them out fully. Primarily a result of the craptastic winter we had here in the east in 2012. Figured I'd sell it and update while it still had some good value. The guy who purchased it only wanted it for jumps really. The second just felt a bit too long, which I was saying above. I went with the 158 when I should've stayed with a 156 size. 158 is already 3/4 of an inch longer. Combine that with me pulling the bindings back an additional 1" from reference....it wasn't major but I could feel it. Road it for a year but had the money to buy this years 156, caught it on sale brand new for $549 and jumped on it

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