The Burton Custom Flying V is one of three Burton Custom models. There is the Burton Custom, the Burton Custom Flying V Twin and the board we are reviewing here the Burton Custom Flying V. This is the shape of the Burton Custom but it has a different camber profile. The Burton Custom Flying V is amazing in soft snow. However If you ride in hard snow it looses a lot of it’s charm.
2015 to 2013 Burton Custom Flying V Review
The Burton Custom Flying V 2014 and 2015 is pretty much the same general ride except Burton is constantly finding little ways to improve the board over the years. Here are some highlights.
1. One relatively recent difference that improves the ride is the Squeeze Box tech that changes the cores flex between the feet. It’s not a total game changer but it definitely does help improve pop and overall flex of the board.
2. The 2014 Burton Custom Flying V added Carbon to the tip/tail to give it a little more snap and help to dampen up the ride a bit. It helps make the 2014 and 2015 a little snappier than the 2013 but it’s no game changer.
3. It seems like over the last couple years there is a little more camber these days and that the V isn’t super crazy so the tip/tail are closer to the snow which makes for a more stable ride. We like this change and it gives the board a lot less of a continuous rocker feel on the snow.
Size: 156 and 158
Conditions: Hard to a little bit of pow.
Riders: James,Peter, Jimbo Stephen, Christopher and a few others
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju, DC Judge, Burton Ambush, Burton Ruler, Salomon Synapse
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Cartel Limited, Union Force, Burton Genesis
Set Up: All kinds of widths but usually close to 23″ and generally someting like 15 front and -9 back.
On Snow Feel: The Burton Custom Flying V’s hybrid rocker profile is different than most hybrid rocker boards out there. It’s true to it’s name and has more of a V bend between the feet where most have a mellow rocker. After the rocker there is a little bit of camber and then rocker again after it. Most Hybrid Rocker boards don’t have that second rocker before the nose/tail but instead have a longer camber section.
BurtonVs. The Rest
So what this does is make the ride more loose between the feet and gives it a different more playful ride than others. It feels more like many continuous rocker boards we have tried except there is more tip/tail engaged when making turns to remind you that there is some camber going on in the tip/tail. Before there use to be too much V in the Flying V but these days it seems like there is a better balance of rocker and camber.
Powder: Nothing has really changed in terms of it’s powder performance. The Flying V-Rocker has more float than most hybrid rocker boards. Just look at the picture above and you can see how it likes to stay afloat. It’s easy riding with a centered stance in shallow powder but you have the option to set it back and get some real surfy directional float going on.
Turn Initiation: Now we felt the Process was a little quicker edge to edge but both are just different shades of easy. It’s the kind of board that has a nice lively feel underfoot but still works with even mellow boots and bindings. Short to wide radius turns are pretty fun.
Carving: So with the lower profile and what seems like more camber these days there is a better feel when leaning into a hard carve. Its borderline soft snow only kind of edge hold makes it a little washy in firm snow but in good snow it’s not bad.
Speed: The Squeeze Box from the last couple of years along with the carbon in the 2014 Custom Flying V helps stiffen it up but it’s still fighting that extra bend in the tip/tail. It’s getting better but it’s still not there with many other hybrid rocker boards out there that have less bends throughout the board.
Uneven Terrain: The flex of the squeeze tech makes the board ride even easier in uneven terrain on the mountain.
Edge Hold: The Squeeze Box, little bump in the tip/tail (side effects),and carbon tech combined with the existing frost bite edges gives the 2014 Custom V-Rocker more edge hold than it did in the past and it’s an improvement. It takes it from being border line slippery/poor to being acceptable when conditions start to firm up. I still think most riders would like to see a little more edge hold going on. Still I’d rather not be on this in harder conditions on this board and neither does our crew. I’d love to see a bump in the center of the board where the most contact so it has more consistent grip because every point that is on the board is lifted off the ground. It’s nice to have that there but it’s also nice to None of us want magnetraction but we do want more of an all conditions ride.
Flex: The change to the core profile isn’t a game changer but it definitely improves the ride and continues to help the board flex naturally underfoot. Burton’s hybrid rocker boards make it very easy and playful when it comes to buttering and such.
Switch: The Burton Custom Flying V is pretty easy switch and even though it’s a twinish shape. It’s so lifted in the tip and tail that it feels pretty similar each direction.
Jibbing: You would think it would be worse with it’s medium flex, special core profiling and all those bends but it’s not bad there.
Pipe: We have had fun in the pipe with hybrid rocker boards but this didn’t do a great job. It’s mainly because of the edge hold and the minimal camber in the tip/tail. Still it’s fun if the pipe is soft but it’s not a day in day out pipe ride.
Jumps: If you combine this with hinge tech bindings this board will pop really high. Even with Re:Flex bindings this is still really fun to ollie. You find yourself looking for things to pop off around the mountain when you are on this board.
So in conclusion this is a blast when the conditions are good but it’s personality changes when the conditions are hard and it can act a little slippery and chattery. With a little more edge hold the Burton Custom Flying V 2014-2012 models could be an all conditions blast.
Burton Custom Flying V 2012-2010 Review.
Size: 159, 160
Riders: James, Mary
Boots: Burton SLX, Salomon Synapse
Bindings: Burton Cartel and Burton Cartel EST
Set Up: All kinds of widths from 19″ to 23.5″ and all kinds of angles.
The Burton Custom Flying V has one more bend up than most hybrid rocker boards. Here are some pics to show how there is less camber in this hybrid rocker board than others.
Here is how most boards do hybrid rocker.
On Snow Feel: Our initial impression was that the Burton Custom V-Rocker’s medium flex did not translate to the slopes like the camber version did. We we felt it to be very loose and buttery for an all mountain board. We like that there is still a choice between camber custom and rocker custom. We hope it stays that way because each board has strengths over the other. It would be fun to have both for different moods and conditions. The feeling between the feet is loose like most continuous rocker boars. The Flying V-Rocker bend between the feet makes is a little more challenging to one foot and feels loose when flat basing. So it’s totally the opposite of the custom camber. It’s a loose playful ride
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Burton Custom Flying V-Rocker shape makes it incredibly easy to turn. The rocker between the feet is more exaggerated than most hybrid rocker boards so it makes for a very loose feel between the feet. It turns really easy for almost any rider of any level. If you like to exert little effort in your turns, then look to the Custom.
Powder: This is one of the areas that the Custom V-Rocker outperforms the custom camber and many hybrid rocker boards. The V-Rocker’s extra kink-up in the board gives it a lot of float and lets you take more of a park approach on a fluffy day. It also reduces rear leg burn and makes it fun to ride in almost any powder set up. Its quick turn initiation can handle a tight tree run and can bomb a hill without the sketchy feeling that you would have on a hard pack day.
Edge Hold: There isn’t much edge hold going on and it’s not fun at all when the conditions get harder.
Speed: In good conditions this isn’t too bad, but in hard conditions the board’s tip and tail bounce around when going at medium to high speeds. It’s a common problem with some rocker boards, but for some reason, we found the issue to be particularly pronounced with the Custom Flying V-Rocker. The center of the board has the most contact with the snow and is pretty stiff, but the tip and tail bounce so much that the chatter feels like it works its way through the entire board. You can also hear it hitting the hard snow with a unique sound similar to a bike with a card in the spokes. After a while you get used to it, but this is not ideal when riding at high speeds. It tends to wander from edge side to edge in a squirrely type of manner, but this is nothing new to rocker/camber boards. In good conditions, we would call the speed good, but in hard conditions, it’s just average.
Uneven Terrain: Now when you slow this board down to ride over uneven terrain it’s soft floppy feel handles bumps and end of a crowded day groomer runs very well. It’s got good shock absorption in uneven terrain as long as you are taking it on at slow speeds.
Flex: It seems like the flex is similar to the camber custom but that flex doesn’t translate to the hill. It’s on the softer side of medium and on the hill it’s very easy to butter and press.
Jibbing: It’s not bad for a mid flexing board. It doesn’t do this as well as many of the softer Burton boards but it’s one of the better all mountain boards for jibbing we came across. If you weigh 180lbs+ or are a very strong rider it will be easier because it seems like Burton’s sweet spot is set up for lighter riders.
Switch: The Burton Custom Flying V has a twinish shape that’s almost the same as the camber custom, but thanks to the v-rocker profile, the board does a great job riding switch because the nose and tail aren’t really initiating the turns like a camber board would. It’s almost like a twin.
Pipe: The Burton Custom Flying V isn’t the best pipe board around, but can handle it on softer spring days. The lack of edge hold means it won’t be great at climbing an icy pipe wall, but it will forgiving enough to help you learn the pipe or try new things. For us, we’d use something else.
Jumps: The mini camber near the tail in this rocker/camber combination helps keep the board very springy and playful. We never went big but the Custom Flying V did pretty well on the jumps we hit. Even though this board isn’t a twin, it felt a lot like one with a centered stance hitting jumps.
The Final Take on the Burton Custom Flying V
We’d love to see a little more edge hold and a little less chatter in the nose/tail but still this is a really fun board for someone who rides in good to powder conditions. If you have some cash to burn, it would make great companion to the Custom cambered board, giving you the option of which you want to ride given your mood or the conditions.