Burton Bullet 2013 - 2011 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton Bullet is a decent easy riding wide board for the price. It has none of the high end tech that most Burton boards but it has Burtons excellent customer service to back it up if there are any issues. Rocker has more advantages for beginner all mountain riders than advanced to expert riders. For intermediates it’s a toss up. It is very forgiving, catch free and floats better in powder.
This is a pretty mellow rocker shape that makes it a little easier than some rocker boards when one footing/skating off the chair but it’s still loose. There are other boards out there in this price range that provide more stability between the feet than this board. Burton’s rocker boards including the Burton Bullet are missing edge hold that many other boards have so it’s not very esy to learn in hard pack to icy conditions on this board. If you are going to be riding in areas with good snow this is a good board. If you are going to learn in harder snow like the east coast look somewhere else. So if you need a board that has the Burton name on it this is a decent rocker choice for beginners looking to learn only when conditions are good.
Beginner - Intermediate
On Snow Feel
User Reviews of the Burton Bullet
After a proper tune-up, it's amazing!
I am an advanced level snowboarder, and after a proper tune-up, this thing absolutely flies! I was keeping up with boarders that had some top of the line Burton and 5150 boards. The carving ability this thing has is incredible.
Don't judge a book by its cover, this board has a lot of potential, it just has to be found.
After reading a few mixed reviews! I've finally given this board go over a few sessions.
In firm, icy conditions, it's pretty quick (I am 95kg) and the edge hold I experienced was more than adequate for bombing big runs.
In powder today, it was really fun, with the ability to really dig in and carve both heel and toeside.
In all conditions it's very stable.
I would say this is a great board for throwing everything into big runs. Haven't tried parks so won't comment other than to say this board is probably not the right pick.
Otherwise, I'm very impressed!
I bought the board in the beginning of this last season. I am a bit on the light side, but it was ok with the soft flex. I just wanted to get on a board that wasn't going to present issues that come with old abused boards and i didn't want to be on a rental. I did no research and bought the board. It was fun for a while, but by the end of the season, I felt i had progressed too much for the board to give me anything. The board also started to feel boring at this time. I would agree that the edges didn't hold well. I hated skating on this board. I never was able to keep the board where i wanted it skating. I would run out of speed in the flats. The powder was fine,and it floated well enough. I didn't like how it rode switch, so I never rode it switch after I learned that. I would agree that this board is only for those who aren't going to spend a lot of time on the mountain and there are better options out there. I am planning on buying something new before next season starts.
good for learning, outgrew it too quickly
I picked this up 2 months ago right after my first time riding. I usually do a shit ton of research before I buy something, but when searching for snowboards I thought I could do no wrong going with a popular brand (most popular maybe?) board that was wide for my size 11 feet and a rocker. i have been going every week since then (sometimes twice) and my progression has been pretty good, i would say that the slow speed of the board is good for beginners because it allows more time in between turns to get positioned correctly. i am not exaggerating the slow speed, i can't tell you how many times i've gotten stuck on catwalks because of how slow this is. on non steep terrain i feel like i can't keep up in speed with my friends because the board's edge doesn't hold very well in higher speeds and its soft flex gets really squirrelly. any sort of bump will throw off any sort of carved turn that you will try. i am a bit overweight as well so that only exaggerates the the flex problem. all in all though this is a pretty good board for learning because its slow and forgiving to new riders. i'm shopping for a new board now, but if i could do it again i would have bought a board like the rome tour or rossignol templar because they seem to be good with all skill levels, and i wouldn't have to dump any more money into this already expensive hobby. its not so bad though, i'm can lend beginner friends my board when i get a new board
Decent Beginner Board
After a few years of lackluster boarding, I moved to a major ski town and finally had opportunity to ride my @$$ off. Sadly, I dusted off my snowboard gear, only to find myself in need of a new deck. I found the Bullet on sale for $90 at Sports Authority, and figured I might as well ease myself back into the game on a nice, stable setup. The Bullet was great for the first month or so. My opinion at the time: The slower speed lets you develop muscle memory and the "don't think, just get after it" aspect of carving, the edges are really forgiving when you get sloppy, and the width gives you good stability on traverses and small jumps. My opinion a few wax jobs later: The speed isn't that big a deal in advanced terrain, provided its steep, but on groomers and traverses, I'm like the old school bus doing 45 on the freeway. Also, the edges feel pretty squirrelly on the groomers once you actually manage to build up the speed required to really dig in and slice out a huge portion of the run. It still handles the real chunky stuff well, but slides out on any ice patches longer than 3 feet. Again, that's all at speeds the board isn't really designed to reach.
Overall, it's a great beginner board, and it'll definitely help new boarders develop a good skill set. But for more advanced riders, it's kinda boring.