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Old 02-10-2008, 11:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This weekend I got to take my brand new 151 Burton X8 on her maiden voyage. The set up I used was the Burton EST Binding system with 07 Burton Sabbath boots.

On Groom: I was extremely impressed with how well this board handled higher speeds for its size. The board was very stable, nimble and very responsive on hardpack. As a result of the added torsional flex of the ICS system, it was very easy to feel the terrain you were moving over changing. I was able to feel how the terrain was changing and orient my body accordingly to ride as smooth as possible. The WFO base was also fast as hell. I did however, feel a good bit of foot fatigue while using the EST binding system due to the increased foot flex and roll on the board.

In The Park: Burton did a really nice job of giving this board a great balance of both flex and pop. The board was very easy to butter with, gave great flex while jibbing, and was still able to handle bigger kickers. While this is still a softer board, I feel it has more than enough pop to it to suit someone hitting kickers or pipe fine.

On the Pow: The X8 was not the greatest pow stick I have tried. While he ability to move your stance quickly did help, the board still had trouble getting float I wanted in the pow. While I attribute a lot of this to the boards size, I do feel the boards overall design (flex, shape, etc.) is just on the poorer side for pow. I was able to still ride through thick pow, but it was a lot more work than I would be willing to put out for a long pow day.

Pros: Great all around freestyle performance. Stability at high speeds. Great flex. Incredible board feel! Butteriffic. Pop!

Cons: Hard to work with on pow. Baseless binding gave me some foot fatigue. Two screws holding your binding onto your board (time will tell if this is a problem).

My Overall Opinion: The X8 is a really great freestyle board. It is a really great board to take to the park for a day and hit any of a wide variety of terrain that a park offers. I do not however feel that the X8 would be real great for back country rides or longer free riding activites. The increased foot fatigue from the baseless binding made the board feel incredible, but made my feet very tired after a long day.

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Old 02-27-2008, 10:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Great review, very useful for sure. I could use a piece of advise though.
I just bought a 157 (I'm 1.78m, 64kg) X8, to replace my 154 Ride Theory, which I felt kinda short for my height. Gonna use it with Cartel Bindings and some crappy Burton boots (I think Moto is the model). Do you think X8 is a good board to have as my only board? Or did I fuck up buying it?
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Old 02-27-2008, 08:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Its adequate all over the mountain so I wouldn't say that you fucked up with your choice. You can definately feel what it was designed though. I have been riding mine all over the mountain for the last three weekends with no problems. The main troubles I had were just some foot fatigure from so much board flex (a small downside to the incredible torsional flex it offers) and the fact that the board left some to be desired. The board has handled hard pack well and is stable at higher speeds.

You should be fine unless you do a ton of Pow hunting in which case the board could be a bit tedious for you.
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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This weekend I got to take my brand new 151 Burton X8 on her maiden voyage. The set up I used was the Burton EST Binding system with 07 Burton Sabbath boots.

On Groom: I was extremely impressed with how well this board handled higher speeds for its size. The board was very stable, nimble and very responsive on hardpack. As a result of the added torsional flex of the ICS system, it was very easy to feel the terrain you were moving over changing. I was able to feel how the terrain was changing and orient my body accordingly to ride as smooth as possible. The WFO base was also fast as hell. I did however, feel a good bit of foot fatigue while using the EST binding system due to the increased foot flex and roll on the board.
What if you tried the bindings EST w/o the cush?

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Old 03-03-2008, 07:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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When you remove the sensory pad you get added feel (obviously) but I still get the foot fatigue when im freeriding on it a lot. You also lose some dampening on landings so I usually just rock the pad unless im going on an all jib day.
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the review, I've been thinking of getting one of these for a while. I'm pretty short and light so was also looking at the 151. Can I ask what height and weight you are?
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