The Burton Custom Flying V Twin is an asymmetrical continuation of last years Burton Custom Flying V Restricted. It’s one of the better good condition all mountain freestyle rides we have came across but also one of the least desirable rides in harder conditions. Other than some minor tweaks there isn’t much that’s changed from 2015-2017.
The Burton Custom Flying V Twin has some of the same advantages and trappings as the direction Custom Flying V. In good conditions this board just shines and makes you feel like there aren’t many boards that are it’s equal. We found this to be very fun and easy to ride. The only issue is the lack of solid edge hold when the conditions get hard compared to many hybrid shape boards. When the conditions are good and I’m in a playful park to all mountain freestyle mood the Custom Flying V Twin would be one of the first boards I’d pick because it has an exceptional feel to it. However when the conditions get hard this would be one of the last boards I’d take out.
Approximate Weight: 6.2 lbs for the 156 Flying V Twin.
Riders: James and Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Imperial,
Bindings: Burton Cartel
Set Up: Centered 15 front -15 back 23″ wide.
Approximate Weight: Felt normal bordering on light.
Flex: Really fun medium flex that has that nice balance of easy buttering and snap out of it. Feels softer on snow than it does flexing it on land.
On Snow Feel: borders on being stable but it’s pretty loose between the feet on harder snow when one footing or flat basing. It’s best to always be on an edge. Overall it’s got a semi-spinny forgiving playful feel to it that’s really fun in good conditions.
Edge Hold: This is the Achilles Heel of the Burton Custom Twin Flying V. It just doesn’t grip in even medium bordering on hard snow. It feels like you have grip in soft snow and it’s just like every other board but then slips out underfoot in hard patches and can easily put a good rider on their ass with how quickly it let’s go.
Turn Initiation: Super quick edge to edge and it’s a fun board to turn. It’s not a springy turner like the Camber Custom Twin but it’s enjoyable.
Skidded Turns: Very easy to skid turns and it’s a very forgiving ride for those that get off their game.
Carving: Lacking compared to the Custom Twin Camber but it’s doable in soft snow. The real problem here is not the hybrid camber but the lack of edge hold.
Speed: The Custom Twin Flying V isn’t ideal but it can handle the mountain pretty well as long as you are ok with a little bounce from the tip/tail.
Uneven Terrain: If you ride all day on a weekend in softer snow the Burton Custom Twin Flying V will do a great job. It will turn around bumps like a champ and have enough shock absorption to handle going over them pretty well.
Powder: If you ride with a centered stance in powder and like riding switch a lot the hybrid rocker will do a good job. It’s a nice compliment to the Camber Twin if you can afford two boards.
Switch: Very easy either way and it’s asymmetrical flex give’s it a slight advantage over a true twin but it’s not quite perfect like Asymmetrical boards that have an Asymmetrical side cut. Still very easy to ride switch.
Jibbing: The medium flex isn’t perfect but it’s doable.
Pipe: Not really enough edge hold to be a daily pipe board and we would rather be on the Twin Camber.
Jumps: Really fun to Ollie with and it’s got a nice snap throughout the board.
So as we see it the Burton Custom Twin Flying V is a nice compliment to the Camber Custom Twin for powder days and softer snow riding but it’s not a good one board solution due to the lack of edge hold. We’d like to see Burton either up the edge hold on the Flying V models so then you have a one board solution.