The Burton Name Dropper is a jibber with a lot of asymmetrical tech as well as a very thin core that has a unique personality. It’s not for everyone but many will really appreciate this in the jib park. Other than a few minor tweaks the Name Dropper has not changed much from 2014-2017.
Other than a few minor tweaks not much has changed over the last couple years.
Size: 155 and 151
Conditions: Soft perfect Colorado snow with only a few hard patches in shady spots and soft perfect sierra snow.
Riders: James, Peter
Boots: Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju, Burton Hail,
Bindings: Burton Malavita EST, Burton Genesis
Set Up: Centered about 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
It’s got an asymmetrical flex, re-positioned extensions in the side cut to match a duck stance but the side cut is the same on each side. Most companies change the side cut for the heel and toe so this is a different type of asymmetrical board. Another thing to mention is it’s also incredibly thin throughout the core. It’s so thin it requires padding near the inserts to fit the bindings. When we found this on the display at the trade show we knew we had to try it.
On Snow Feel: The Flat Top or Flat to Rocker camber profile offers up the same feel that many Burton Flat to Rocker boards have. It’s stable between the feet and easy to ride. It’s so thin! It’s hard to get over that at first. It’s soft very playful and super easy to butter. It’s not for those riders that like to make springy turns but it is very playful and buttery. It feels like it wants to mainly stay in the jib park and then hit the occasional small to medium size kicker.
Powder: We had no powder but it seems like the Name Dropper with it’s narrow waist, big blunted nose and rocker in the tip tail would make a nice freestyle oriented ride in the deep stuff.
Turn Initiation: It’s quick edge to edge but doesn’t have any spring that makes turning fun. It’s boring here and your time is better spent buttering around instead.
Skidded Turns: It’s very easy to skid a turn.
Carving: This is probably the boards weakest point. It’ pretty much just wants to ollie and butter. It isn’t about railing a turn but instead hitting a rail.
Speed: I think both Peter and I thought this would be really chattery with this thin deck. It wasn’t as bad as we thought being so thin but It’s no bomber board. Maybe it’s better than we thought because of the padding in the binding area. It’s not really at home on the mountain and feels much better at slower park speeds.
Uneven Terrain: Moves over bumps at slow speeds like you are on water over rock but it doesn’t really handle chunder well at all. It’s more for just negotiating bumps on end of the day groomers well. The padding on the inserts probably helps too.
Edge Hold: The edge hold wasn’t great but it’s made to slide across jibs sideways so that’s expected. We only had this board in good snow but the Name Dropper didn’ hold well few harder patches we found. I’ve never felt much edge hold with Frost Bite technology and found it to not bite. With this board it doesn’t matter but it’s mainly a soft snowboard.
Flex: Very easy soft flex that is the definition of playful. It took little effort to butter and play around on and it just wants to butter. It still has a little snap though at the tip/tail which is good.
Switch: Asymmetrical boards are incredibly easy to ride switch. It’s got re-positioned frost bite edges (1/2mm extension near bindings) and a flex set up for those that ride duck so the board reacts pretty well if you have a duck stance. Other than the re-positioned frost bite extensions the side cut is the same on the heel side as it is the toe side. I personally like asymmetrical side cut’s to match the positioning of the heels on the board and make it turn easier but this is only a touch better than a true twin and a little less than an asymmetrical side cut twin.
Jibbing: The Burton Name Dropper feels like it’s best for jibbing. Peter loved this board in the jib park and even though I’m a pretty weak jibber I felt a lot more confidence with this board. It feels very stable and forgiving and the soft flex wont bonk you. It really locks into a rail and you can jib all day with this.
Pipe: Not a good pipe board for us and we’d much rather be on the camber Parkitect here.
Jumps: While Burton’s flat to rocker has no pop out of a turn it has a good amount of pop when it comes to an ollie. We found it not to be on par with many button boards with traditional camber or camber somewhere in the profile but it’s not bad. If you combine the Burton Name Dropper with some Burton Malavita EST bindings you will get a good amount of spring that takes the rating from good to great. Its pretty easy to flex and snap an ollie with this combo. Also it’s stable approaching a kicker in the park and pretty good there too.
All in all we felt this is a fun jib board board that many will like.