Burton Kilroy Pow 2021 Review
The new Kilroy Pow is based on the Stun Gun shape, but has a few features changes to keep the price down. A good value option for someone who doesn’t want to spends too much, but still needs the features of higher end boards.
Features of the Burton Kilroy Pow
Traditional camber gives the board lots of pop, a stable ride at speed and good edge hold.
- Directional Flex
A stiffer flex in the tail of the board.
- Directional Shape
A longer nose than tail, for better float in deeper snow.
- Super Fly 800g Core
A dual density core that is a blend of soft and hardwood, to get a balance between strength and weight.
- Triax Glass
Three directions of glass, that give the board a bit more torsional (twisting) strength.
- Squeezebox Low
The thickness of the core varies throughout the board, with a thinner section between the bindings for a smoother flex, and a thicker section outside for more response.
- Sintered Base
A harder and faster material, that soaks up wax to keep the board moving quickly.
- The Channel
On pretty much every Burton board, the channel gives you more options for stance width, and if you use their EST bindings you can pretty much choose any angle that you want for your bindings. Almost all major bindings will be able to be mounted to Channel boards without a problem now.
- Infinite Ride
The boards are “broken in” at the factory, so you get a consistent ride from the first day you ride it to the last.
- Super Sap Epoxy
A more friendly resin, that means there is less of a carbon footprint when comparing it to petroleum based epoxies.
- Pro Tip
Thinner nose and tail thickness, which helps make the board a little lighter.
How it Rides
Board size: 158
Boots: Salomon Launch Boa 27.5
Bindings: Burton Cartel X est
This review is based on me riding the 158cm 2021 Kilroy Pow, set up with Burton Cartel X bindings. They were set to my regular angles of positive 12 degrees on the front foot, negative 9 on the back and with a stance width of around 22 inches.
If you aren’t familiar with the Kilroy range of boards, they are basically affordable (mainly) park boards. Although they are on the cheaper end of things, they still have a sintered base, which is a good feature to have on boards at that level. The cost is kept down by using the cheaper, and slightly heavier cores in the boards.
You could say that this is a cheaper version of the Stun Gun – it still has the same shape, but has a heavier core, simpler fiberglass and a step down to the regular sintered base.
The regular camber gives the Kilroy Pow a nice feel when riding, it was solid and stable no matter how fast I was riding.
Flex and Pop
It has a medium flex, and combined with the traditional camber gave it a nice amount of pop. Getting an good ollie didn’t take too much work, it wasn’t so stiff that I had to really work to flex the board.
The edge hold on camber boards is always good, so there were no surprises with this board. It held well the whole way through a turn, and there was some very firm and windblown spots on the hill, that were a good test to see how the edges held up.
The shape of the Kilroy Pow was nice in powder. It has a bit of that “surfy” feel, but was still close enough to a regular all mountain board so it didn’t suffer when you weren’t in powder.
The sintered base is quite good for a board at this price, and I didn’t notice any problems with the speed.
- Cheap price
- Sintered base
- Nice shape for powder/all mountain riding
I think that the Kilroy Pow is a good option for those who are after an all-mountain and powder board on a budget. With the traditional camber you get a board that can perform in hard conditions, with a good amount of pop and edge hold. The shape does nicely in deep snow, so you won’t have to work anywhere near as hard as you would on a twin board. The tradeoff is that the board felt a bit heavy, and has quite a damp feel compared to the mid-range and higher Burton boards.