Burton Nug Flying V 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton Nug Flying V is definitely a quiver board but what a fun quiver board. If I owned this I could see myself using this a lot. If there was a quiver board favorite category this would be at the top.
Size: 146 and 150
Conditions: Perfect soft to medium pack in perfect weather. Hard pack with some softer snow here and there.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Burton Cartel Re:Flex and Burton Malavita EST
Set Up: Centered, 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
On Snow Feel: What a fun playful feel this board has. It’s got that same semi-stable feel that many of the hybrid rocker boards have only it feels smaller….much smaller. The other Nugs with Continuous or flat to rocker were fun but adding some camber into the mix really changes the ride. It kind of completes the ride and out of all the Nug boards this was our favorite. This is a park expert but it’s pretty fun playing around on the mountain as well. Riding the 150 is a lot different from the 146 and it feels and acts like a much bigger board. The 150 actually felt really fun on groomers and didn’t feel as playful and spinny as you would think for a 150 where the 146 felt very playful and spinny for me.
Powder: We didn’t have any real powder but what little soft snow patches we found in the trees were ok. We were in thick sierra cement so that is about the biggest challenge you can have for powder. It’s better than you would think for a 146 but I’d much rather be on something longer.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Very quick and easy to turn. Short radius to medium radius turns are ok. When laying into a carve the board is better than the rocker boards but not as good as the camber nugs.
Speed: More speed than you think for such a small board but it’s still not a bomber. Because everything is smaller it feels like the chatter is less pronounced than other hybrid rocker Burton boards and it has a stable feel crusing groomers at moderate speeds.
Uneven Terrain: Really easy handling a shitty crowded day full of uneven snow. It’s small and easily maneuverable through bumps and ruts of all kinds. It’s not the best powering over bumps at higher speed but if you slow down it’s great.
Edge Hold: Same old Burton edge hold but it’s better than some hybrid shapes in the line. When Peter, Jimbo and I rode it in good conditions it was good and felt like any other board but then I took it out again in harder snow and the edges started to slip in hard patches and didn’t make me feel confident. It’s better than previous years though and borders on being middle ground.
Flex: Medium/Soft flex that is super playful and buttery.
Switch: Perfect switch just like it is regular.
Jibbing: It felt really confidence inspiring in the jib park and had that really good feel like the Lib Tech Box Scratcher. You feel like you want to try more and do more there. To all of us this could be a dedicated jib board.
Pipe: This isn’t the best pipe board and I didn’t feel to comfortable in there when it was hard but I bet it would be fine in the spring.
Jumps: It’s pretty easy to spring into the air even with out a Burton Hinge Tech binding. It popped well and felt stable enough approaching a kicker too. Of course it makes it very easy to spin. With the Burton Hinge Tech like I tried with the Malavita EST the board had massive ollie power and it made me feel like I time traveled to the days before my many injuries. So it’s great with normal bindings and excellent with EST bindings.
Intermediate - Expert
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User Reviews of the Burton Nug Flying V
This is, by far, the best board I have ever ridden. Initially, I was slightly worried that there would be too much flex and not enough stability, but the Nug Flying V flexes when enjoying some stylish buttering, and stable when lining up for a kicker or carving some downhills; the board really demonstrates the best of both worlds. Not only a killer board for All-Mountain Freestyle, but slashes in the park with any size feature and for any experience level rider. Truly a must have board for riders wanting one board for all of their riding.