The Burton Mystery is the Method renamed. It looks like the Method and acts like the Method. It’s incredibly light and really easy to ride but it has the same issues as all of Burton’s hybrid rocker boards do. The Mystery is also excessively expensive and it should perform sexual favors or at least rub your feet on the chair lift. These boards are made to allow Burton to push new tech so you are paying for trickle down.
I didn’t ride this board but a few friends I know did. They don’t ride for the site but are very familiar with Burton so I’m passing on my knowledge from them and from my knowledge of all the Flying V boards I rode. Let’s face it this pricey board doesn’t demo that much so this is the best we can do for now.
On Snow Feel: It’s a little more stable than the other hybrid rocker boards in Burton’s line but it still has the same Flying V profile. Groomers are going to be fun at normal speeds but the faster you go the more the chatter appears. This becomes more evident the harder the snow gets.
Powder: On a powder day this can be more fun than you think a 12.5mm setback would be thanks to the additional bend up that Burton’s hybrid rocker has. It’s got very easy float bordering on excellent.
Turn initiation and Carving: Just isn’t quite 100% fun but you can do ok when the conditions are good for a hard carve. Short radius turns are really quick and snappy but I’d prefer to see it be a little less easy. Right now it borders on very easy and easy and i’d rather see it border on easy to moderate so turns are a little more friendly to someone who likes to put a little more lean into each turn. Medium to Wide radius turns are good but not in line for what the price suggests. It’s better than any other flying V board though.
Speed:The problem with the Mystery is the chatter and edge hold.
Uneven Terrain: Just like all Burton boards the Mystery Flying V is going to handle bumpy groomers very well.
Edge Hold: The edge hold is a little better than most Flying V boards and it’s got a little more grip going on so it can handle a little harder snow.
Flex: It doesn’t feel as aggressive as the Mystery Camber but it’s pretty close. It’s much easier to butter.
Switch: The twinnish to almost directional twin like shape isn’t bad to ride.
Jibbing: Not really a jib board. Why would you take these precious edges in the jib park.
Pipe: Better than most Flying V boards but the price tag doesn’t make this a pipe specialist.
Jumps: The best part of the Mystery is the springy pop that’s set up with this board. It is really easy to ollie, really fun in the park and helps you create your own air. It’s also a great board when it comes to jumping in the park.
All in all if you have more money than God and only ride in Powder and the good conditions to follow after the Mystery could be an Arial delight all over the mountain. The harder the snow gets the more you won’t like this board though.