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Burton Custom X Flying V 2017 Snowboard Review

Burton Custom X Flying V 2017 Review by The Good Ride

The Burton Custom X Flying V is a hybrid rocker take on the old original camber Custom X. It’s a pretty fun good condition ride but we felt Burton missed the mark with this new model.  If they just made the Camber Custom X into hybrid camber with rocker after the binding it would of been aggressive all mountain magic.  Instead it’s the Ying to the Custom X’s Yang and a lot to pay to compensate for the Custom X Camber’s shortcomings.

Size: 158
Days:  1
Conditions:  Really good CO snow with some powder but also a hard block of snowment underneath.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLXNike Lunarendore
Bindings: Burton Genesis X
Set Up:  Closer to centered but a bit set back.

Approximate Weight: Feels light.

Flex: Stiff but surprisingly easy to butter for this flex.

On Snow Feel: So the Burton Custom X Flying V has that same semi-stable kind of feel that all the other Burton Flying V / Hybrid Rocker boards have. Its fine in soft snow but can feel a little loose in harder snow and every time we hit a hard patch we felt it get loose. It’s got a good snow board feel.

Edge Hold: Better than some of the hybrid rocker Burton Boards but still it’s not that great and we felt like even the stiffer flex was still in the same general area as the other Flying V boards. You could feel it let go in the hard patches if you tried to commit to an edge.

Turn Initiation: Super snappy and quick and we liked turning this board but not like the Custom X. It’s just not that springy turner that the Custom X is but its not bad.

Skidded Turns: Very easy to skid turns and it’s got a very forgiving ride for how stiff it is.

Carving: Not the Custom X Camber by any means. You don’t buy this to carve but it can carve ok in good snow.

Speed: It didn’t feel like a good board for bombing but it’s ok if the snow is good.

Uneven Terrain: Pretty easy in the messy patches we encountered and it’s good for all day resort riding.

Powder:  Here is where the Custom X Flying V shines and it’s and easy floating board.

Switch:  A little better than the Custom X but still not the board you want to get if you spend a lot of time riding switch.

Jibbing: It’s easy and forgiving to ride but it’s still stiff and the kind of board that would bonk you hitting harder jibs.

Pipe: Would rather be in the pipe with the Custom X but this flying v version is forgiving though.

Jumps: Nice and poppy and very easy to get some air from.

So it was hard to find a lot for me to say about the Burton Custom X Flying V. It’s a fun board but it’s just limited to good snow and not much like the original Custom X.  Burton’s getting so much right with their freeride to powder boards like the Flight Attendant, Branch Manager and other boards like that I think Peter an I expected some sort of hybrid camber take with a longer nose on the Custom X instead.

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Right Board, Wrong Name

Feb 10, 2017 by James K151
Ability Level: Intermediate Punter • 
Riding Style: All Mtn • 
Days You Ride A Year: 35 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 6', 190lb, US11.5/UK10.5 

Bindings: Genesis EST (L)
Boots: Burton IONs
Stance: REG -18 / +15

I thought long and hard before parting hard earned cash on this year’s new Custom X Flying V. I was so unsure about it, I've even felt the need to share it here to try and help others who are unsure about this board.

I’d seen the main review and listened between the lines and to be fair, the GR guys are very accurate - it’s more playful and forgiving than I’d assumed, and if I’m honest, it’s not quite as stiff as I expected either - which is great, as it makes it far more versatile than I had hoped for.

I’m the sort of guy who’s wasted far too much money on soft, noodle boards to try and find the ‘perfect’ board for goofing around on, but can still hold its own when you need to chase the ski pack. It’s taken me about 4 years of trial and error to actually work out that my boarding demands a stiffer deck. I don’t ride boxes or rails as they hurt too much, my butters & presses are weak but improving slowly and I really only ride switch when it suits on leg burner traverses, rather than to tweak out any particular style.

I’m a punter - 100%. But in saying that, this is a great board to push my comfort zone, but not take it so far as to scare the shit out of me either.

It’s snappy and responsive- and that means it takes me less effort to do things ‘the industry’ would probably shove me on a Skate Banana to experience. A simple case in point, this has to be the easiest board I’ve ever landed a 180 on… speed and air by the bucket load which means I barely had to do any work to get it up n’ around off the tiniest of side-hit.

I need something fast and agile to keep up with the skiers. It sits firmly between a LibTech TRice 157 and a Jones Flagship 162 in my 3 board quiver…. So yes, I like stiff boards and cannot lie. This is now my board for ‘one board’ trips with the family and will be the go-to option for a groomer day.

It smashes over chop and chunder will ease. It’s precise when it needs to be with quick, snappy turn initiation and it will hold an edge better in ice than most boards I’ve ridden. Torsionally it seems relatively stiffer than across the length, but it's still feels OK to wind it up and twist it. It certainly seems to have better edge hold than the Capita Mercury I had for a while, but then it is a shade stiffer which could explain things here.

I hit a few small kickers - it sends. Lands solid. Makes it easy to look and feel good. I could see why a big feature park rider might consider this. I pushed the front binding a nubbin over reference to twin it up a bit more. That felt right for me as it also widened the stance up to something I’m more used to with my Jones board. There's obviously a lot of scope to roll back for powder days too... which has to be the primary USP of the Channel System- so much easier to adjust stance between runs.

I’ve never been a massive fan of Flying V in the past. I demo’d a Process FV once. It didn’t really gel with me. I also dabbled with a FV Nug a year or two ago which wasn’t my bag at all- horrid little urchin of a board. However on a stiffer deck this hybrid camber stuff really seems to work, especially with serration on the edges. My TRice Lib showed me the light here…. a distinct cut above any Skate Banana, Rocker or lower end GNU board I’ve ridden historically. After the initial WTF!?! moments, I was hooked on that board - the camber profile just works well on everything I’ve chucked it at.

I find the Flying V on this stiff Custom X deck very similar to the C2 BTX profile. The main point of difference is that the Magnatraction on my other boards would still get a nudge up over Frostbite Edges for firm hold, but I’m no way saying edge hold is poor, you jut can’t beat Mag…

Okay about the name… this is my only real beef. Why do Burton associate this board with the Custom X? It’s not a Custom X. A Custom X owns your arse faster than you can say ‘no thanks Bubba’. I tried one once, I almost died. That said, it schooled me enough to know that it’s the sort of board that better riders would adore, almost worship, especially for carving days. I respected it, even if I couldn’t ride it. This Custom X Flying V is a completely different animal. It’s far less catchy and I’m confident it’ll handle powder better than a camber dominant board like the trad Custom X.

I’m also fairly m’eh about the standard Custom FV… it’s never really excited me; nothing wrong with it, but there are better boards out there for less cash. But this X thing rips… charging hard and demanding enough commitment to stop it from feeling stale and boring like a Jones Aviator or equivalent.

So in summary, my conclusion is it’s a great board with simply the wrong name. Associating it with the Custom X is a mistake - the purists will hate it on principle, an average punter like me will be reticent after all average punters aren’t meant to be riding Custom X’s and those that have have the horror stories that accompany it. And I have to be honest, there’s an element of me thinking I’m the Porsche Boxster guy lining up against the 911. But I’d also say that’s it has so much more going for it than the regular Custom too… maybe a Burton fanboy would see this as turbo’d Custom, but for those of us still unsure about the whole Burton vibe, associating it with the boring choice from the Burton line up, is again not something that drew me in initially the way say the Skeleton Key or Branch Manager turned my head. Names aside, it’s a great board and suits me…. and who’ll know or care what the name says once it’s caked in white stuff anyway?

I’d recommend this for anyone intermediate level or above who rides stiffer boards by choice. They’d need to be looking for a fast charging, aggressive deck to stretch that plateau but not push them off the cliff. There’s no point being afraid to up your game on this bad boy, but you still have options to go lazy some of the time too. I like it, and I’m glad I bought it. Thanks for the honest reviews gentlemen, they really do help us!


4.0 4.0 1 1 Bindings: Genesis EST (L)Boots: Burton IONsStance: REG -18 / +15 I thought long and hard before parting hard earned cash on this year’s new Custom X Flying V. I was so u Burton Custom X Flying V 2017 Snowboard Review

Riding Style

All Mountain

Riding Level

Intermediate - Expert

Available Widths

Regular, Mid/Wide, Wide

Manufactured in

China

Shape

Directional

Camber Profile

Hybrid Rocker

Stance

Setback over 20mm

Approx. Weight

Feels Light

On Snow Feel

Semi-Stable

Turn Initiation

Fast

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Powder

Great

Carving

Average

Speed

Good

Uneven Terrain

Great

Switch

Good

Jumps

Good

Jibbing

Average

Pipe

Good