2015 Burton Custom X Review
Rider skill: Advanced
Rider weight:165 lbs
Boots: Burton Ion
Bindings: 2015 Diodes EST (flex:9), 2013 Malavita EST(flex:6)
Board size: 158
I love this board so much because when I eat shit and fall down, I know it's my fault and not the board's fault. It makes me become a better rider. For example, a park board can be loose, soft and forgiving, which will save you from many falls (ex: landing in the back seat, or not landing on an edge.) But, when you fuck up on the custom X, it throws you to the ground, no questions asked. Call me crazy, but that's why I love this board. Every time you fall you realize what exactly you were doing wrong, and it makes you improve your riding tremendously fast.
-When up to speed, it has incredibly fast edge transition speed, so fast that the first few days when going fast, you'll be initiating some unwanted little turns
-You are actually able to press and butter on this board, and the challenge makes it rewarding
MOST Important thing: Get yourself a good stiff pair of boots (Ions) AND some stiff bindings to match the flex of the board!!! I tried using my 2013 malavitas (flex of 6 on these older ones) and they are much too soft! You notice it at slow speeds, it requires so much input to turn the board. I tied a pair of Burton Diodes (flex 9) and that problem disappeared. With the Diodes riding at slow speed is as fun as high speeds....not the case for the malavitas...
Rider in mind: Agressive rider, meaning that when you ride alone, you often find yourself panting for breath at the bottom of the hill.