The Burton Proces Flying V is an out of the box kind of board. It’s got a Twin in shape and flex but has a set back stance so you can go out on a powder day and get easier directional float. We call it all mountain because of the set back but you could easily call it an all mountain freestyle ride. If you like the Burton Custom Flying V but want a better board for riding switch you will be happy with the Process Flying V. Not much changed between the 2015 and 2017 models.
2015-2017 Burton Process Flying V Review
There are some changes I’ve noticed for the 2015-2017 Burton Process Flying V which change the ride from a playful loose freestyle board you can set back on powder days to a stronger mountain board that still does very well in the park.
1. Wood always has an inconsistent bend (especially with hybrid rocker) but there seems to have more camber over the binding inserts than in other flying V boards I’ve ridden as well and it makes for a better spring on an ollie and better spring out of a carve. This healthy bend is most welcome for an all mountain board of this design because it makes turning more fun.
2. The Process Flying V is a true twin in shape and flex. The only thing making it a directional twin is the 1/2″ set back and that is great for true all mountain versatility.
3. It looks like it’s made in Austria now but not 100% sure on every year. Could be made in China too. Not sure about previous years but now it says made in Austria on the board.
So these changes make the Process Flying V more mountain Friendly than previous models.
Conditions: A few soft spring conditions in the early afternoon with medium but really fun snow in the morning. Some harder early winter snow, some good snow and even a touch of powder.
Riders: James and Jimbo
Boots: Burton Hail, Burton SLX, Burton AMB, Burton Imperial,
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis,Union Atlas
Set Up: Centered approx 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Approximate Weight: Size 157- 6.8lbs
Flex: Same great playful medium flex that snaps on an ollie just as well as it butters.
On Snow Feel: So the more mellow bend in the flying v in the middle definitely gives more stability and feels a lot easier to one foot and flat base. Not all hybrid rocker boards have the same profile because wood is not consistent when bent. Some tips/tails can be higher off the snow or closer to the snow than others. So some can be more stable or less stable under foot. Still the underlying theme is that the Burton Process Flying V will be close to stable in softer snow but pretty loose in harder snow. It prefers to be on edge when one footing. Also flat basing doesn’t work too well as you have to be on edge.
Turn Initiation: We normally find Burton’s turn initiation so easy but the Process is a little slower edge to edge when making quick turns. For me and my size 9 boot the 157 Burton Process Flying V was a little slow. By no means is it challenging but it’s slower edge to edge when you compare it to boards like the Burton Custom Flying V.
Skidded Turns: Really easy to skid your turns with and even though it’s a little slow edge to edge it’s easy to skid out to stop.
Carving: Before the Process Flying V could barely carve before washing out and now it’s actually fun to carve in good conditions. I’m not sure on how it will perform in harder conditions but I’ll know more as I ride it when the snow falls. It has improved with the less exaggerated rocker V in the middle and more camber over the binding inserts making it easier to engage the camber in the tip/tail without it feeling washy as well as spring out of a turn pretty well. It’s not going to hang with traditional camber boards like the Cutsom X or even the Camber Process but it’s getting close to about as good as I’ve seen most hybrid rocker boards perform these days.
Edge Hold: The biggest problem with Burton’s Flying V boards and this just misses the mark here. This would be a fun board in all conditions if it had more grip but instead it let’s go almost immediately when the snow starts to border on being firm. It really takes a lot of pleasure out of riding unless it’s perfect soft snow so that really limits the fun factor of this board.
Powder: There is a very easy directional float when set back all the way and although it’s not a dedicated powder board it will do a great job for a board that rides so well switch when centered. Also with the channel system and Burton Re:Flex or normal bindings with Channel compatible discs you can set your stance back a little more than .5″ if you want. The set back is really what defines an all mountain board and it’s ability to give you more freeride/directional float in powder is a great thing. We didn’t get it super deep but the Burton Process Flying V floated easily above foot that we were in. Also the bigger blunted nose and tail help with float too.
Speed: It’s no bomber but what do you expect from a do everything board. The base keeps it’s speed very well when waxed and it holds much better than it use to the first time we rode this when you build up to moderate mountain speed. The tip and tail don’t feel as clown shoe bouncy as they use to and it’s a nice improvement. It’s a much better board on bigger mountains with longer steeper runs than before.
Uneven Terrain: Burton has boards that flex really well and seem to understand how to be forgiving on choppy bumpy end of the day snow. The Process Flying V didn’t handle weaving in and out of bumps very well but it does a pretty good job not bucking you around in it.
Switch: Feels almost perfect either way and with the channel system it’s very easy to center the board with most stance widths. I’m not a fan of proprietary tech like this but it does have it’s advantages over standard inserts. Now that it’s more open with other binding companies it’s also easier to mount most major bindings on the Burton boards too so that’s a good thing. Also the 2 hole screws hold better than they did the first few years when it came out.
Jumps: Love it’s ability to pop off any terrain and also it’s ability to hit kickers of small to medium size. If you run on the lighter side you could go big with the Process Flying V as well.
Jibbing: Not bad on a jib and the newer more flat profile makes it easier to do so. We run heavy so this bends easy on jibs for us but if you run lighter it might not be as friendly as it was for us.
Pipe: Only got a few laps in a soft pipe but it was fun. It’s more friendly there now. I’m not sure how it would feel in a hard to icy pipe though.
So all in all I like where Burton is going with this board and its personality is becoming more consistent in varying conditions and more recommendable as a really solid all mountain board. For me a true twin in shape and flex with a set back stance is the ideal modern all mountain board. It allows you to live a freestyle lifestyle when it’s not dumping and then gives those that want the option to surf snow the ability to set back their stance. If only the edge hold was a little better it would be a very recommendable ride.
2014 Burton Process Flying V Review
Conditions: Soft practically perfect Rockies snow. Hard to medium Sierra Snow.
Riders: James, Peter and s
Boots: Burton Ion, Nike Kaiju,Salomon Synapse
Bindings: Burton Malavita EST
Set Up: Almost Centered 23″ wide 15 front -9 back.
On Snow Feel: Far from a hard charging mountain ride. It felt loose, poppy, forgiving, playful and super fun. None of us wanted to go super fast but instead we all buttered, rode switch and ollied around the mountain. It’s one of those boards that is hard to beat in good conditions but starts to fall apart when the snow gets more on the firm side. That’s our only real complaint with this board. One footing is a little loose and so is flat basing along a long cat track but it’s not bad in softer conditions. It really only becomes a problem when its hard. The best thing about this board is the freestyle shape and ride combined with a set back stance. It’s ideal for the park and mellow freestyle approach to the mountain on groomer days. When it snows you can take a centered freestyle approach to the mountain or set it back and surf. The channel system allows you infinite stance width so any stance width can center this board.
Powder: No powder to speak of but if it’s anything like the other Flying V boards that have a set back you are in for easy floating set back or even centered for an all mountain freestyle feel. It can be semi surfy or skate like depending on how you set the stance.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Very easy and quick edge to edge but it’s not the springy feel as the Process Camber. The tip and tail hold well enough on wider to carving turns but it just doesn’t have the magic that the Process has.
Speed: Not really a high speed board. This is much more fun to ride around the mountain looking for natural features to have more of a freestyle approach. If you want higher speed board the Process is going to be the call but the bases have the same glide in the flats. The Camber tracks better in the flats though where this can be a little loose between the feet. It’s pretty chattery even in softer snow.
Uneven Terrain: Really good for dealing with slow speed bumpy snow. We didn’t see any bumpy snow but based on the performance of many of the other hybrid rocker boards the Process Flying V will move over bumpy terrain very well and not punish your body.
Edge Hold: The first day we rode this (Video) we had really good packed powder and it held well that day. I took this out again after the demos and it didn’t hold an edge as well in harder snow so I think our group would agree with my change of the rating from Good to Average. It just goes to show that Burton’s Flying V Tech is really fun in good conditions and then changes up in harder conditions. It’s getting better in harder conditions but it’s still not ideal.
Flex: Very soft playful and buttery. This is a great flex that many will like.
Switch: Very easy switch and almost feels like a true twin. It has a true twin shape but a directional flex and a set back stance of -12.5mm. The Channel system does have an advantage here because almost everyone can center this to ride centered and therefore ride switch well. The 2015 went to true twin shape and a twin flex so now it’s pretty much a true twin with a set back stance. That’s still technically a directional twin but it’s really splitting hairs. I personally love this design because it allows you to ride this centered/just like a twin most days and then on powder days set it back to get more directional float if it’s super deep.
Jibbing: So we were on a 155 and probably should of been on a 157 but man was this fun for us in the jib park. It felt so easy and flexy and it slid across what little jibs we encountered in the park well. It was really fun but when thinking about the Nug models its not as good.
Pipe: A little too soft and playful for a pipe board and if you are into the pipe go with the camber version.
Jumps: Just as fun and poppy as the Camber board but in it’s own unique way. We were on the Malavitas with hinge tech and this board just springed up whenever we asked for pop. What a fun board to ollie around the moutnain and what a great park board as well.
So this is a fun all mountain freestyle ride that has the ability to set it back in powder and it makes for a unique board. If you can live with average edge hold and the chatter in the tip/tail you could have a lot of fun with this very versatile ride. It’s still a board I’d like to own for riding in good conditions to powder because it’s soo damn fun but when it gets hard I’d put it away.
2013 Burton Process Flying V Rocker– has some little tweaks and upgrades and it’s still a very fun good condition ride.
2012 Burton Process Flying V Rocker– Burton kept the camber version as well but changed the rocker version to hybrid rocker that they call V-Rocker. This changed up the ride quite a bit because it now holds out on a carve a little better. It went from rough to average and the ride is a little more of a balanced all mountain freestyle ride. It’s also now has a Twin Like Directional shape instead of a directional twin shape. This makes the Process V-Rocker more like a lower end version of the Burton Joystick. It’s still missing edge hold but now it’s a bit more poppy and more of a fun ride.
The Process is a somewhat mellow all mountain board for lighter riders looking to take the park ride to the mountain.
2011 Burton Process V Rocker-This was introduced as the continuous rocker alternative to the camber Burton Process. This makes it more of a loose jibby all mountain freestyle ride. This was more of a park ride with a good feel for sliding around the mountain but it was missing edge hold that many rocker boards had.