Burton Custom 2023 Review
The Burton Custom is one of the most famous and longest running snowboard models. It is a freestyle sort of all mountain board, that has a traditional camber profile, a directional shape and a medium flex rating. It has been around forever, and is made in a few different versions.
Currently there are two main versions of the Burton Custom, which have the same overall construction, but with different camber profiles.
The easy to ride version is the Flying V, which is a hybrid profile that has rocker between your feet, with camber sections out towards the nose and tail. This is the version that will suit beginner to intermediate riders.
The other option is the traditional camber model, which is probably the one people are thinking of when they talk about the Custom. Being traditional camber, it does have a bit more of a learning curve, a catchier feel though it is much more capable than the Flying V.
When I first decided that I was going to move to Canada and start snowboarding, I bought two boards. The first was a Forum Recon, which was a pretty easy board to ride, and the second was a 2007 Burton Custom, which I got knowing I would have to work my way up to it. At that point everyone was riding camber boards, with rocker Skate Bananas just starting to show up occasionally.
I spent a lot of time riding my 2007 Custom, and getting lessons on that board I think helped me (hopefully) learn some good techniques. I have ridden the custom a couple of times over the years, on the 2017 and the 2023 model.
Except for pretty small changes in the weight of the board, as well as the flex, it is pretty much the same thing.
There is now going to be a second option for the Custom each season. Simple white topsheet, with a black base. It will run alongside whatever graphic is designed for each season. Have a look at it on Burtons website.
How it Rides
Board size: 156cm
Boots: Vans Infuse
Bindings: Burton Cartel X EST
I weigh around 70kg/155lbs, and am 6 foot tall. I generally ride with my back binding on the reference point, with the front binding moved one notch narrower, which puts the stance width somewhere around 21 – 21 1/2 inches wide.
I was riding the 2023 model at Mt Buller, in spring conditions that were a mix of soft deeper slush, hard icy sections in the shade, with everything in between. Although not always the most fun, they are good conditions for testing boards in.
Flex and Pop
The Custom has a medium overall flex, so it is easy enough to press and move it around without a huge amount of effort. The pop is good, meaning that if you flex it for an ollie, it pushes back quite strongly which gives it a pretty lively feel.
You should expect good edge hold from full camber boards, and the Custom does feel quite solid. You can push all your weight on the edge and be pretty confident that it will grip even through quite icy sections.
The Custom has a sintered base, so I never found speed to be an issue, in any conditions on any of the boards over the years. Though I also do make sure to keep everything I ride pretty well maintained, so it should do well.
Overall I think that the Custom is one of the best all around boards that you can get. If you needed just one board to ride everything, this would be it.
It has a nice lively feel from the camber profile, a fast base, and good edge hold.
I wouldn’t recommend it for beginners though, unless you were certain that you were a fast learner who picks things up very quickly. If you were a beginner, or someone who is only going to ride maybe a week or so per season, then go for the easier to ride Flying V.
If you are an intermediate or above rider, then you can probably get a lot from the Custom.View the Custom on Burton.com
Basically the same board, that has very similar features, and the feel riding it.
Although the Legend is a true twin, it has a similar feel in flex and edge hold, and is just as much fun to ride.
Basically the Custom X is a slightly stiffer, more aggressive version of the Burton Custom.
Features of the Burton Custom 2023
The traditional camber is the profile that gives you the most pop, stability and edge hold. It isn’t necessarily the easier profile to ride, but it gives you a really good ride if you are going to put the work in. Ollies will snap back nicely, and it has a very stable feel.
There board has a directional shape, so it has a slightly longer nose than tail. Hardly noticeable though, you could ride switch on this all day long.
Although it has a directional shape, the flex on the board is the exact same no matter which way you ride it. So that means that pressing or ollieing will feel the same in both regular and switch directions.
Super Fly II 700G Core
The core is made up of a combination of strong and light woods, to keep the weight down but still keep it strong. The Super Fly II core is in the middle of the range of cores that Burton offer, with the lightest they have being only 500g and the heaviest being 900g.
The grain of the core along the toe and heel edge is perpendicular to the rest of the core, to give a little more strength (and they say add edge hold).
45 Degree Carbon Highlights
Adds to the torsional (twisting) flex of the board.
Sintered WFO Base
A sintered base material, that comes with waxed infused from the factory.
Technically more options than you would ever need for stance widths. Pretty much all bindings are compatible with the Channel.
- 154cm Wide
- 158cm Wide
- 162cm Wide
- 166cm Wide
- 170cm Wide
In general wide boards are 260mm or wider at the waist width (narrowest part of the board). The width scales up with the length, so the 154w isn’t that wide, while the 170w is really wide.
On Burtons site, they say to look at wide boards as an option if you are in a US size 11, and definitely if you are in size 12 or bigger.
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