Part 1: Burton Custom X
The peak-to-park weapon of choice for DCP, Frederik K., Marko Grilc, and Kazu, the Custom*X™, now also available in wide sizes, is the ultimate upgrade for those ready to ride at higher levels. Heli-accessed pillow lines, shit-your-pants Alaskan gnar, stadium kickers, or World Cup superpipes—dissect all elements with surgical precision, warp speed, and second-nature agility. With the X, next-level freestyle is yours for the slaying. Not satisfied with standard issue? You can custom build this board with your own art or photos for graphics at Series 13 - Series13.com
Size Tested: 156 CM
Price Paid: $500 Canadian
Retails For: $799.99
Ordered From: Burton
Date Tested: January 12, 2008
Climate/Snow: -4, powder, some heavy & packed snow
When I first unpacked the board, all I could say was "Wow!". The graphics on the board are extremely cool. The metallic "X" on the front, and the awesome wave designs. The board looks extremely well built, and although it feels slightly stiffer than an average board, it still felt like it had some good flex to it.
Strapping in, and all ready to go, I began my first test. Going down the hill, combined with my CO2 bindings, it is really responsive, and rides nice and smooth. It has a good amount of speed to it, after getting it waxed for the first time, and cuts into the packed snow nicely. Taking it out into the powder, it just floats! It was beautiful! It had no problem gliding over the powder. Much better than my old board. The board seemed to have a decent amount of pop in it, and on the powdery hills, I was able to get some good air.
After digging a little deep in the wallet for my new board, I have to say it was worth it. What surprised me the most, was how it rode on the powder. Although it might not be the best powder board (I have never ridden a strictly powder board to compare) I have to say this one is more than enough for my powder needs. It took a little used to, but after a few runs, I was in love with it. One other good thing about this board is the stainless steel edges, so they wont rust like some other edges.
-Good for all around riding
-Stainless steel edges
-Awesome graphics and design
-Price tag(but its to be expecting for their higher end products)
-A little on the stiff side, but not enough to warrant not buying it. It just takes a little getting used to