Burton Antler 2013
I thought I would chuck this review on here as I couldn't find an actual rider review on this board anywhere, so it may be useful to somebody.
Rider: Intermediate (7 Years- 10-30 days per season)
Bindings: 2013 Cartel EST
Boots: Old Moto
So we had first day of the season on Mt Hutt (NZ) last weekend, conditions were firm hard packed groomers, crusty off piste in the morning, softening up in the afternoon. Second day was 20cm fresh powder and snowed all day.
This was my first full day on a flying V or in fact anything that isn't full camber, have previously only demoed or borrowed. Straight away strapping in this deck is light, which is only really useful saving my 'first day of the season' legs on the lift. Getting off the lift you can feel the rocker one footing and it made me seriously consider a stomp pad for the first time. But after a day adapting this issue was long forgotten.
On the firm groomers this thing is real easy to fly down the cat track on, very very easy edge to edge. Picking up some speed it holds a good edge but I did wash out a couple of times which I haven't done in years. I feel this is more about me than the board. I am firstly pretty heavy to be using this board for speed, secondly I am not used to the shape and finally this thing switches edges so effortlessly that I am maybe putting a little bit too much into my carves. However after a couple of hours adapting I got some decent speed down the mountain without any problems. I normally ride a 159cm Jussi (full camber stiff) and I guess it goes without saying in these conditions I feel more stable on that board.
When it softened up this board is fun, fun, fun. The flex is so playful, it butters with little to no effort, to the extent on my first few I pulled the board right up onto its tail and toppled onto my arse. It pops off anything, it loves to be in the air, from small park kickers to natural features (I don't hit anything big due to dodge knees, but sure it would love it). I'm not much of a park man but it hit some rails and flat tops quite happily.
Only thing I found is on my rotations the problem wasn't getting this to spin, but getting it to stop, I would hit the ground and it would just want to keep rotating, I guess this relates to it being a bit washy at high speeds in that I think it might be near impossible to catch an edge on this thing. Guess that is the flying V.
In powder and off piste the Antler is super easy to ride, I didn't have to put half the effort in I do with the Jussi, it just floats over the top and is great to play around on, it rides over uneven snow without passing any of the bumps through to me at all. I didn't get any leg burn (second day of season remember) or lose my nose once and I am less than proficient in powder as it can be quite a rare entity here in NZ.
Overall I think this board is amazing fun, it will come out any soft snow or powder day or when the spring snow comes, but I still prefer my camber for the firm/icy days. Maybe if I had gone 160.5cm which is better matched to my weight it would be a fantastic all mountain board. But in this case I bought it for fun to go with my stiffer cambered Jussi and that is why I went smaller and for this spot in my quiver it is perfect.
Just my opinions, hope its useful to somebody, the 2014 looks to be much the same