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The best Burton snowboard - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Published on: 02/17/2022

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Burton snowboards were first invented by Jake Burton Carpenter in 1977 in Burlington, Vermont, when he built a snowboard based on the Snurfer, a snow surfer invented in 1965. The first Burton snowboard was coated in polyurethane for stability and smoothness. At first, snowboarders were not allowed on the ski slopes, but Jake Burton fought against this and, by 1982, ski resorts began to allow snowboarders access to designated areas. The Burton company quickly grew to be one of the biggest manufacturers of snowboards, snowboard bindings and boots, clothing and accessories.For decades, Burton snowboards have been known for their innovative designs, creative graphics and variety of shapes and styles. Whether you're a veteran of the slopes or just starting out, there is a Burton snowboard for you. For example, the Burton Process snowboard is a lightweight symmetrical twin-tip shape that's great for park riding or slopes and handles easily in many conditions.Core: The core of a snowboard is made of strips of laminated wood and affects many of its riding characteristics, from flex to weight. Often, wood types are combined into one design or a wood composite is used. The most common woods used in a snowboard core are poplar, aspen, beech, maple, ash and birch.Base: This is the bottom of the board, which makes contact with the snow. The snowboard base is made from a polyethylene plastic called p-tex.Topsheet: The top of a snowboard, it often has a graphic on it and might be laminated to protect it.Mounting pattern: The mounting pattern is a series of drill holes into which you mount the bindings. Depending on the style and brand, the mounting pattern might vary slightly.Edges: The edges of a snowboard are made of steel and either wrap all the way around or stop slightly short of the nose (front) and tail (back) of the board. The edges of a snowboard allow you to carve, or make turns in the snow.If you're a freestyle rider planning to shred the park or halfpipe and bring your friend along with a camera to capture it all, you'll want a shorter, lighter snowboard. If you're a freeride rider who's more into the long rides down steeper slopes, you'll want a longer snowboard with a little more weight to it and perhaps less flex. If you're riding in lightweight snow, or powder, your snowboard will behave differently than if you're riding in icy conditions.Snowboard size is measured in centimeters and is dependent mostly on weight. In general, the more you weigh, the longer your board should be. Beginners should get a slightly shorter snowboard, anywhere from three to five centimeters shorter than the size that corresponds to their weight. Freestyle snowboards tend to be shorter than freeride snowboards because they’re easier to maneuver for jumps and spins in park and halfpipe terrain. Burton snowboards range in size from 90 to 170 centimeters.There are two types of basic snowboard shapes: true twin and directional. A true twin snowboard is shaped symmetrically from nose to tail and a directional board has a defined nose and tail. Directional snowboards that have the same-shaped nose and tail are called directional twin snowboards.The flex of a snowboard is just as it sounds — it’s how easily the board bends. At first this might seem like a bad thing, but you want your snowboard to be slightly flexible for better balance. Flex is measured lengthwise as longitudinal flex and widthwise as torsional flex. Flex affects how quickly you’re able to make turns as well as the stability of the board. It’s rated on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the stiffest.The camber of a snowboard is the shape of the board when viewing it in profile.The traditional camber profile is a slight upside-down-U shape, where the board dips down a bit at the nose and tail. This makes the snowboard easier to maneuver for jumps. However, because more of the snowboard's edge is in contact with the snow, this type of profile can be tough for beginners who might catch an edge and fall.Another type of camber is called reverse camber, sometimes known as a rocker board or rocker camber. This is a more exaggerated U shape where the nose and tail curve up and the middle of the snowboard is the arc of the curve. These snowboards are typically better for beginners because they are easier to turn and control.Then there are flat camber snowboards, which are just as described — no curve. These snowboards tend to be slower, which might be what you want if you just like to cruise down bigger hills.Most current Burton snowboards are a mix of camber types, known as hybrid camber. Depending on your skill level and style, you can then choose a hybrid camber with a shape that works for you.The snowboard is attached to your feet by bindings. There are two types of bindings: traditional strap bindings that have two straps that go across your heel and toe, and strapless step-in bindings, which on Burton snowboards are called Step On. Snowboard bindings can be mounted in a variety of angles and widths on the snowboard.Burton snowboards range in cost from about $150-$700 depending on specifications.A. Goofy-footed, rather than being an insult, simply means that when you face forward going down the hill, your right foot is in front. How can you tell whether your stance is goofy-footed or regular-footed? Take a running start and slide in your socks across the floor without thinking about it. Whichever foot you lead with is your front foot on a snowboard. The direction of your stance does not always correspond to whether you're left- or right-handed.A. Store your Burton snowboard in a bag when it's not in use. When you get it set up each season, the edges will be sharpened and the base waxed. There are different types of wax for different temperatures. You can learn to wax your snowboard yourself with an iron and snowboard wax. It's normal for your snowboard to get minor surface scratches on the base. However, if you get a deep scratch on the base, this might affect your riding. Wax helps protect your snowboard's base from getting scratched. It also helps it to slide more easily on the snow.Burton Process Snowboard: available at AmazonOur take: This snowboard is symmetrical and perfectly balanced for riders of all skill levels and styles.What we like: The SuperFly II 700G core is lightweight and flexible. The camber has some flat zones for added control.What we dislike: Its shortest size is 152 centimeters. Some riders might find that it's a little too flexible.Burton Throwback snowboard: available at AmazonOur take: This retro-style snowboard is an homage to some of the first Burton designs and comes in a shorter size at 100 centimeters, making it great for beginners or kids.What we like: The nose is slightly longer than the tail for added stability. The core is a fiberglass blend for park riding.What we dislike: Some riders might find it to be too lightweight. It does not have bindings or metal edges, so it's better for short runs or small hills.Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard: available at AmazonOur take: This versatile snowboard has a freeride directional shape, making it great for riding the slopes in any condition.What we like: The camber and flex are directional for added pop in the nose and tail. It's lightweight at 8 pounds.What we dislike: Some riders might find it too stiff for freestyle riding. Some might find it slightly expensive.Sign up here to receive the BestReviews weekly newsletter for useful advice on new products and noteworthy deals.Adrian Wengenroth is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. BestReviews and its newspaper partners may earn a commission if you purchase a product through one of our links.Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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