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Burton Fish 2016-2010 Snowboard Review

Burton Fish 2016 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride

Past Reviews

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.

Size: 156
Days: 2
Conditions: 1.5-2 feet of thick sierra powder. One day of medium to hard spring snow.
Riders: James
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.

Past Reviews

The 2012 Burton Fish hasn’t changed much from 2011 except Burton did bring back the 150cm size for smaller powder riders.

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Excellent Powder Board

Feb 15, 2016 by J
Ability Level: Inter • 
Riding Style: Freestyle • 
Days You Ride A Year: 20 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 180cm 88kgs 44boot 

I have a 2007 version of this board in a 160. I still ride it now on a full on powder day. It is brilliant - I can't recommend it enough. More smiles per mile than any other board. And when the powder has all gone and the conditions are heavy and bumpy it will still handle OK - runs on the flat easily.

Fish rips

Dec 08, 2015 by Ethan
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: All mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 60 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'11, 175, 10.5 

We had a great season here in VT last year and rode this in pow a lot. If you want to make the most out of the deep days and have people screaming from the lift as you effortlessly surf and bang shiftys down untouched get a fish. You'll also ride all day because you don't get leg burn. And forget about ever sinking that nose. In the tight VT woods the shorter board with no tail makes a lot of sense. On groomers its ok. It ollies like crazy and has an epic slash

Gone Fishin'

Feb 04, 2015 by Dan
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30+ 

I loved my 148 Burton Root, then I bought my 151 Fish late February 2014. It's all I ride now. I've switched between it, my Root, and my 155 Jeremy Jones Mountain Twin a couple times for comparison, but the Fish wins every time. The Root has a softer flex and a flat top profile but a lot less edghold. The Jones is more work in the tight stuff, has a slower base, and is a lot less stable.The Fish is of course superior in pow--no more rear leg burn! The float is unreal. It just levitates over everything and zipping the tail
around in tight trees or moguls is pure joy; it's so fishy! Spins are super easy, too. And don't let anyone tell you you can't ride it switch; it rides very well switch because that big s-shaped nose is super forgiving. The s-rockered Fish is a blast in moguls and hard pack. It's stable at hypersonic speed yet is never even remotely catchy. Very confidence inspiring. There are better pure carving and park boards, certainly, but for all around slayability, I recommend the Fish. It's extraordinarily fun and secure everywhere. Most of the camber is under the rear binding and you can use this to drive the board by bearing down on your back foot. You'll carve better and go faster on groomers. In pow, just lean way back and sink the tail to control speed on the steeps--it's like having a rear brake. You can also easily move the bindings around: further back for the deepest days; further forward for hard pack. In short, the Fish is an excellent and multifaceted tool for slaying all the mountain has to offer.

not just hype

Mar 11, 2013 by Larry
Ability Level: Intermediate • 
Riding Style: Back country • 
Days You Ride A Year: 40 + 

I\'ve had a couple different powder boards that I thought were good. A good friend of mine who has been riding for 20 years or so and has about 50 boards in his quiver (no joke) was swearing by the Fish.

So I picked up a 160 and like it so much I got rid of all my other pow boards.

(A little big for her) I got my wife to give it a shot also. She liked it so much she gave me permission to buy one for her. So next time we get another storm we\'ll be trying out her new Fishcuit 150.

In my opinion, the Fish is worth spending the extra $ over the cheaper pow boards. Buy once and buy right, you will spend more $ in the long run buying twice.

09 s-camber

Oct 20, 2012 by Justin
Ability Level: Expert • 
Riding Style: Big mountain • 
Days You Ride A Year: 40 + 

Sory, but s-camber was introduced in 2009. Tank you

5.0 5.0 5 5 I have a 2007 version of this board in a 160. I still ride it now on a full on powder day. It is brilliant - I can't recommend it enough. More smiles per mile than any other board. Burton Fish 2016-2010 Snowboard Review

Riding Style


Riding Level

Advanced - Expert

Available Widths


Manufactured in



Tapered Directional

Camber Profile

Flat to Rocker


Setback over 20mm

Approx. Weight

Feels Light

On Snow Feel


Turn Initiation




Edge Hold

Medium Snow







Uneven Terrain