2 Board Burton Quiver Advice
Level: Strong intermediate
What's the word? I'm looking to build a quiver of 2 burton snowboards; one for crappy/icy conditions, and one for softer powder conditions. Since I don't live near (within 3 hours) of any real mountains a lot of my riding trips are contingent on time-off, I'd like to have the piece of mind of knowing that I have the right board for the conditions.
I went through the reviews section of this forum and will do my best to demo all of the boards that I'm interested in but was also hoping to get some advice from any of you!
I currently ride a 10/11 burton custom v 154cm that I'm selling because I believe I am too heavy for it. Chatters through turns like crazy even at lower speeds.
My riding style is more geared towards free ride. I have no interest in the park and prefer either to be making big carve turns inbounds or of course, the holy grail of riding POW.
Here's what I"m looking at:
Custom Camber 160cm OR Process Camber 159cm or Burton Juice wagon 163cm
Soft Resort days-Powder
Family tree Landlord 159cm OR BARRACUDA 160.5cm
pros an cons from any or all of those boards would be greatly appreciated.
Also, I chose the sizes from the Burton size chart and based on my weight of 176lbs. Do they seem right-ish given my riding style?
Burton Custom and Burton Fish. Nuf said.
are you making trips out west where you will get real powder days, or are you mostly riding in the east where you'll typically have some softer days and maybe a bit of fresh snow?
if you're going west frequently then consider a real powder board, such as a fish. Be advised that the barracuda is quite powder oriented and you might not like it on soft groomers. I live in Toronto and have a sherlock for ontario days where the snow is soft and we maybe get some new snow. This board is also the one I mostly ride on trips out west.
Also consider burton custom X for your crappy conditions board.
I do make at least one or two big trips a year (Jackson and Saas-Fee) otherwise my "local" mountain (5+ hrs away) is Stowe, VT (where we occasionally get dumped on). I'll look into the fish.
What would be the benefit of the Fish over a Barracuda?
or the Custom X over the Custom?
Regarding weight (176lbs) and riding style do you think my sizing is right? 158-160 range?
As always, thanks for your input.
So, you and I are basically twins:
Mostly chase storms out west, (but live in MI) looking to free ride powder and trees on black/double black runs. Stay out of the park.
I had a 2011 Custom X 156 and wanted a 2-board quiver as well, so I picked up a Barracuda 157 the first year it came out. I LOVED it for powder and in trees, and it would hold its own for the most part on groomers, it definately didn't have the grip and stability of my custom X in those conditions (duh!).
I just replaced it with a Landlord 159. Haven't had anything super deep yet, but rode in about a foot of soft choppy stuff today with some fast groomers to get back to the lift.
This board is just about perfect for me. It's quite a bit more stable on fast groomers with more bite on hardpack, and with the wider nose and more taper, seems to float even better than the 'Cuda. In theory, the extra width, length, and stiffness SHOULD make it less maneuverable than my old barracuda, but I haven't run into any situation where it has been an issue.
You might want to buy the Landlord, ride it a few times, and decide if you really need a groomer/ice board. This board does well enough in all the conditions I ride in that there's really no point to buying and carrying another board with me all over the country.
If you DO go for a two board quiver, go with the custom X + fish. The C-X will take any conditions you can throw at it.
The custom-X is a hard-charging camber board, it'll grip better on ice and hardpack and chatter less than the softer rockered custom.
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