The Burton Fish is for the most surfy/slashy approach to the deep stuff out there. Some people love this type of super tapered surfy board and others prefer more of a double ender type of feel when riding powder. The smaller sizes for deep pow are counter intuitive but it works. The Burton Fish is not for everyone but it can sure make the right riders day when it’s deep. Not much has changed from 2014 to 2015.
Conditions: 1.5-2 feet of thick sierra powder. One day of medium to hard spring snow.
Boots: Burton Fiend LTD, Burton Ion,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis
On Snow Feel: S-Rocker isn’t all the same across Burton’s line and the Burton Fish is actually flat to rocker. It’s like a directional version of their flat top tech. Some S-Rocker has a mini camber in the mid to back section like the Burton Barracuda and then a crazy long rocker curve up from the front foot to the tail. Other S-Rocker is mostly camber from tail to a few inches past the bindings like with the Burton Flight Attendant and Landlord. All S-Rocker boards are all very stable between the feet and very easy to one foot and flat base and the Fish is no exception. Like it’s name it’s very surfy and very much off the back tail.
Powder: Most of us aren’t into riding so far back on the tail and having soo much taper (3cm) but the Burton Fish works and it’s well liked by many. There is a lot of float here and although it’s not super quick back and forth in the trees for my size 9’s a bigger boot would turn it better. It doesn’t quite hover over the snow but the nose really stays afloat.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Edge to edge transitioning is pretty easy for a mid wide board but it doesn’t feel super fast with my size 9 boots. If you have more of a mid/wide boot it will be very quick and fun for darting in and out of tight tree runs. However if you have boots like mine I’d say the turn initiation would be medium bordering on med/fast so it’s not going to blow your mind if you don’t match the specs it’s designed for. It’s not bad on a carve but I’d actually prefer the Barracuda over the Fish and for sure the Landlord and Flight Attendant over both of those. It’s fun and doable but there just isn’t much spring out of the turn compared to all of the other boards I mentioned in this review.
Speed: Super fast base and there is a very good glide in powder for a board of this size.
Uneven Terrain: Even though you are very far back on the tail it’s very easy getting through some big moguls to get to some un-tracked powder.
Edge Hold: Seems like pretty good edge hold for such a taperd shape but I only experienced a few small patches of hard snow exposed by wind.
Flex: Seems mediumish. It’s snappy and semi-playful but doesn’t feel like too much of a butter board. It’s easier than you would think to butter and it’s great for a powder wheelie off the tail.
The rest don’t matter for this directional powder ride but I can say the flat on the back pops rather well off the back foot but not quite as good as the barracuda.
Bottom line is if you want a super surfy hyper slashy pow board and have $600 for a quiver board then add the Burton Fish.
The 2012 Burton Fish hasn’t changed much from 2011 except Burton did bring back the 150cm size for smaller powder riders.