The 2017 Burton Antler did a 180 this year and went back to camber. It seems to us like there might be a touch of early rise in the bend and it didn’t feel completely unforgiving like camber on snow. Even with the lesser float in powder we felt the camber transformed the Burton Antler into a more likable board for Aggressive Mountain Freestyle riders.
Conditions: Really good CO snow but a little messy with some hard spots here and there.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Nike Zoom Ites
Bindings: Burton Cartel
Set Up: Centered 23″ 15 front -15 back.
Approximate Weight: Felt light bordering on normal.
Flex: Snappy and medium/stiff as Burton Describes.
On Snow Feel: Not quite as catchy as camber but its more of a board for the more technical rider. Even though this has a medium flex it requires you to be on your game more. The positive side is it’s easy to one foot and flat base. It also tracks pretty well at speed with none of that old hybrid rocker model loose feel that can be annoying, flat basing, one footing or bombing. All in all it’s got that aggressive/technical snappy feel to it that will appeal to the rider that loves traditional camber.
Edge Hold: Decent but I think we all expected a little more from this. When we hit hard patches I could feel the Burton Antler let go and slide out under foot. For us the Rome Agent Rocker with it’s new mostly camber profile does a better job gripping here. They both also have a very similar shape and centered stance.
Turn Initiation: Nice quick snappy turn initiation that we all had fun turning. It makes turning fun and it’s close to some of the better turners in the industry like the Custom X and Flight Attendant.
Skidded Turns: Not the best call for skidded turns and it will catch if you aren’t careful. Not as bad as some of the old early 2000 camber rides but there is still a lot of consequence compared to hybrid camber and hybrid rocker.
Carving: Really springs out of the turn well and it’s a rewarding carve. If there was a little more grip this would be amazing in all conditions but instead it’s just amazing in good snow.
Speed: It handles it’s speed very well for it’s flex.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty good here and it handled the messy resort snow we rode in without any complaints.
Powder: Not much powder that day and it’s super light CO powder so it’s not even a challenge to stay up above the snow. However I’d much rather be on the older hybrid rocker/flying v model than the new camber model. That’s probably one of our only complaints with this ride. Even though it seems like there might be a touch of early rise in the tip/tail we’d like to see more. Then there would be almost no reason to miss the older hybrid rocker model.
Switch: Very doable switch and its about what you would expect for a twinish board with a centered stance. It does favor nose first riding a little better though.
Jibbing: Not a terrible jibber but not a specialist.
Pipe: I took a lap through a flat lit icy pipe with some messy snow at the bottom and even with those bad conditions it did very well. So did Jimbo and he liked it there too. It’s a board I could easily lap the pipe with as long as I’m not too concerned about hard wall to wall drive in harder conditions. In softer conditions it would be pretty special.
Jumps: Really good pop here and it’s a board you could easily lap the park with. Also it’s great for making your own air on natural features on the mountain.
So all in all this isn’t a bad board and although it has some mostly camber to traditional camber flaws its something a technical aggressive mountain freestyle rider could really get into.
Burton Antler Flying V Review 2013-2016
The Burton Antler is a centered slightly different take on Custom Flying V. It’s a really fun good conditions ride but it looses a lot of it’s magic in harder snow.
2016-2013 Burton Antler Snowboard Review
Size: 160.5 and 157.5
Conditions: Hard with some snowment in some places and in others soft packed powder with excellent morning groomers. Got a little chopped up at the end of the day in some places. Other day perfect soft Sierra snow. Perfect Rockies groomers in the morning leading to harder snow mid day.
Riders: James, Jimbo and Peter
Boots: Burton Ion,Burton Imperial, Burton SLX, Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Burton Cartel EST, Burton Diode Est, Burton Cartel Re:Flex, Burton Cartel Limited.
Set Up: Slightly set back 23″ wide 15 front -9 back
The Burton Antlerr is marketed as a more aggressive Custom Flying V rocker with a centered stance and we can see that. It still had that playful buttery poppy consequence free feel to it that can also handle a little more speed than the Custom Flying V and the Process Flying V. It reminded me allot of the Rome Agent Rocker in shape and riding style but it feels less stiff, more playful and less stable. The Burton Antler was smoother and had a more lively feel under foot and a little better pop. However the Agent Rocker was more fun to carve, better at higher speeds and had better edge hold. The rest of the characteristics are very similar.
On Snow Feel: The Burton Antler is the stiffest Flying V board in Burton’s line but it’s still a pretty soft loose playful board under foot for those that weigh more like a typical American. If you run on the lighter side it will feel more aggressive but this is from a 175 lbs plus weight group. It feels like there is a lot of rocker under foot so it kind of cancels out the very mellow camber near the tip and tail. I say near because the camber doesn’t extend to the the tip/tail but stops before and then more rocker happens before the tip/tail. One footing and flat basing is loose and the all around ride says playful. You can butter around the mountain rather well but our favorite part about this board was the poppy forgiving nature when finding any minuscule bump to spring into the air off. So it’s a loose between the foot kind of all mountain board.
Powder: You can tell the Burton Antler is about as fun as a twin like board with a centered stance can get in powder. The extra bend up in the hybrid rocker shape from Burton makes for a very good ride. It’s no powder specific board but it’s got a lot of float for a board with a centered stance. There are many directional camber boards that have a set back with the same rating of good but the ride is completely different. This is floaty and effortless where the Camber is a lot more work off the back foot. If this had a set back of -20 mm it would be an incredible directional powder board and I’m surprised it didn’t at least have a -12.5mm set back like the Burton Custom Flying V. These days it just seems weird to have a directional shape that has a centered stance. Even though it’s the twinish side of directional I’d rather see it set back for easier directional powder riding. Especially because the channel system will allow you to easily center the board when you aren’t in the deep stuff.
Turn Initiation and Carving: So the Burton Antler has a stiffer flex than all the hybrid rocker boards in the line but it’s still very easy edge to edge when making turns. Short Radius turns are fun and snappy. As you lean in to make a wider radius turn you can feel the downward bend after the bindings in the board engage the snow but it’s not a super solid feel. When engaging into a carve the Burton Antler can do well but it can get a little washy. The Edge hold isn’t there to handle carving in all conditions and there isn’t much camber to help you spring out of a turn but it works well enough in good conditions. So it’s better than continuous rocker but not as good as many of the other hybrid rocker boards we have tried.
Speed: The Burton Antler has a very fast base and picks up speed quickly. Despite the stiffer flex there is still some chatter and it’s not an ideal bomber board for people of our weight as well as stronger lighter riders. It really comes out more in harder conditions and is less noticeable when it’s softer. It’s pretty loose between the feet so it doesn’t track well in long flat sections but the base does keep it’s speed. It prefers to be slightly on edge in long flat sections.
Uneven Terrain: So the flex tech under foot and the general flex of Burton’s boards offers something different and better when hitting rougher parts on the mountain. It handles slower uneven terrain very well and it’s got great shock absorption for the medium flex. We had no problem weaving in and out of chopped up end of the day snow.
Approximate Weight: This felt pretty light and Burton has some pretty light boards.
Edge Hold: The Edge hold is better than most hybrid rocker boards in Burton’s line but Frost Bite edges just don’t have the grip that other side cuts out there do. We really wish Burton would do more here because with more edge hold this could be an exceptional all conditions ride. Instead it’s only for those that ride in softer to medium conditions. As it hardens up it becomes a little sketchy and I’d rather not be on this board.
Flex: This is pretty much the middle ground of medium but due to the hybrid rocker feel the Burton Antler has a softer easier feel to it. It’s pretty fun to butter around if you want to slow down and play on the mountain. It’s got a do anything flex.
Switch: This is a Twin like directional board with a centered stance so the shape is almost like a directional twin. There is a twin flex with a directional shape and it has a centered stance. This makes for an easy ride switch or regular but there is a difference. It’s not as bad as you think because the tip/tail stick up so much that its lack of contact with the snow doesn’t bring out the difference as much.
Jibbing: There are better boards out there but if you are in a jibbing mood you can do it. We’d rather be on a Nug or Name Dropper but it works well enough. . When you compare this to many of the Burton boards in the line it’s lacking because Burton has some really good Jib boards. If you compare it to other boards that have similar shapes and flexes it does a pretty good job.
Pipe: The lack of edge hold makes this for a spring pipe board but it’s not that fun in hard snow.
Jumps: The Burton Antler is very poppy. We could generate our own air just about anywhere on the mountain and found this to be pretty springy. If you like to lap the jump course in the park you will have a good time as well. The twin flex and almost twin ride make it very easy to land regular or switch. It’s better than some directional twins despite the shape is not same with the nose or tail. So I had to try this board with the Diode Hinge Tech Bindings and with Cartel Re:Flex Bindings. The board springs incredibly well with the hinge tech bindings but it’s still super poppy with the regular old re:flex bindings as well. The Rome Agent Rocker is one of the most poppy hybrid rocker boards we have come across and this is right there with it. It even feels easier and smoother.
In summary the Burton Antler is a typical Burton hybrid rocker board that shines brighter than almost any other board in it’s class on a good soft snow day but is near the bottom of it’s peer group when conditions harden up. If Burton gave the Antler more edge hold and a little more camber it would be hard for other boards of this type to compete. I wouldn’t even mind the chatter as much because most hybrid rocker boards do that. It would be an extraordinary all conditions ride. I also liked this better than the Sherlock and Custom Flying V. It could handle a thicker guy like me much better. Like the complaint with the Agent Rocker I’d like to see this add a set back to go with it’s directional shape.