The Burton Modified Fish is somewhat like the Burton Fish but with a little narrower waist that’s a little more normal foot friendly. It’s still technically a mid/wide by Burton’s suggestions but the board does ride easier for normal size boots than the regular fish. Also it’s at a very reasonable price. Almost nothing changed from 2016 to 2017 so the old review still stands. There are some updates to it to compare it to other 2017 models.
Conditions: 1.5-2.5 feet of pretty good Sierra Powder. Really good gromers
Riders: James, and Jack
Boots: Burton Imperial
Bindings: Burton Diode
Set Up: Set mostly back, 23″ Wide 15 front -3 back
Approximate Weight:Feels normal
On Snow Feel:The flat from the tail to a little past the front binding transitioning to rocker and a big nose feels pretty stable. It’s got that same flat to rocker feel as the Burton Fish. It’s easy to one foot and flat base and provides a stable catch free ride. It’s a cruiser that’s pretty much for powder but doable on groomers.
Powder: This is really what this board is all about and it does feel like a fish does in the water. It’s a little slower turning than the Burton Branch Manager or Landlord but it’s still very doable in the trees. If you want more slashy and quick the Branch Manager or Landlord are the call but if you want more of a cruiser that has a little more drawn out turns this could work. It plains well above the snow just like a fish surfboard sits higher on the water so it’s got all the float you need. So all in all very surfy. My only complaint is the flat in the tail is a little dead and doesn’t have as much snap as the Barracuda. Because of that most of our crew prefers the directional camber boards like the Landlord and especially the Branch Manager better.
Turn Initiation: Not as slow as the Fish but not as fast as the barracuda. It can slash in the trees but we had more fun making more drawn out turns in wide open faces.
Carving: Pretty boring here. It’s doable but just doesn’t provide much spring out of the turn. You can cruise around after the powder is done but it’s not really the kind of board that enhances turning on groomers.
Speed: Yeah pretty fast and for a 156 it can provide a good bit of speed.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty good here and pretty damp slapping through some tracks but when it’s tracked out bumpy snow it’s a little bouncy but not that bad at all. It can weave in and out of bumps well enough.
Edge Hold: Not much here and mainly for powder to good snow.
Flex: Med/Stiff but you can butter off the tail.
Switch: Doable but not great.
So all in all this is a good board for getting an easy surfy float. Jack really liked this board because he’s a cruiser so it’s really about is this right for your riding style. If you are cruiser who likes to ride very set back and aren’t that concerned about pop off the tail for an ollie or spring out of a turn then this could really work. Especially if you are normal size boot. Yeah the Standard Burton Fish can be ridden by riders like me with size 9 boots but it’s much more for mid/wide Riders. Of the Fish vs. Modified Fish I really preferred the 25.4 cm waist of the Mod Fish compared to the 26.0cm waist of the Fish for my specs and I think if your boots are size 10 and under you probably will too.