The Burton Process Off Axis takes the Process, centers the stance and adds an asymmetrical flex to the ride. We rode the 2015 but other than the more blunted nose/tail the 16 and 17 models are pretty similar. We like the newer blunted tail boards of 16 and 17 a little better than the 2015 model.
2015-2017 Burton Process Off Axis Camber Snow Review
The Off Access Process has more of a hybrid camber thing going on. It’s mostly camber but then after the camber section between the feet there is a little flat slowly transitioning to a little bit of early rise rocker. The regular Process is just traditional camber.
Conditions: Soft perfect CO snow with some powder stashes here and there. Only a few scraped away icy sections.
Riders: James, Peter
Boots: Burton Imperial, Nike Lunarendore
Bindings: Burton Cartel,
Set Up: Centered 23” wide 15 front -9 back
Approximate Weight: Feels pretty light
On Snow Feel: Not quite as catchy and aggressive as true camber model but a huge departure from the spiny loose catch free Process flying V. It’s more about pop off the tail, speed, carving and stable tracking but it does catch a lot easier than the Flying V. It’s a stable semi-aggressive board.
Powder: Doesn’t have the float of the Flying V. Both Peter and I would of much rather been riding with the Flying V when we hit some leftover pow stashes. Granted we had a centered stance going but still we expected a little more from the little bit of rocker. It’s better than traditional camber but not as good as Burton’s Flying V. This is one of the places where we wish the board didn’t go from camber between the feet to flat and then to rocker. Instead we wish there was almost as much rocker as there is camber and no flat transition zone. That would really complete this ride for twin powder riding since this isn’t set back like the regular Process Camber. This is mainly the 2015 take on the Process but the 2016 and 2017 Burton Process Off Axis will be a little better in powder due to the bigger shovel nose that helps improve the mellow flat to rocker early rise tech.
Turn Initiation: Not super fast edge to edge but it does like to turn and it makes riding the mountain pretty fun.
Skidded Turns: Not a board for skidding turns when you get off your game.
Carving: So we came off the Burton Flight Attendant which was one of the best if not the best carving boards we tried this season so it almost wasn’t fair to ride this after. That being said as we rode more 2015 boards throughout the demo’s and it did well. There is one thing though is the flat trasitioning to rocker after the bindings seemed to interfere a little bit with the carve but it’s still got lot’s of spring in and out of the carve.
Speed: It’s hard to gauge speed on perfect conditions like this but it had a nice glide to it and picked up speed rather quickly. It didn’t blow minds but it was more than many in it’s price range. It also didn’t chatter easily and was very stable at good speeds.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty quick edge to edge in what little bumpy snow we couldn’t avoid. It’s not a chunder buster but it’s pretty good.
Edge Hold: Nice edge hold. That being said we were in perfect snow so its hard to say for sure this would grip as well as we think it would in harder conditions.
Flex: Nice medium flex that had great snap in the tip and tail. It didn’t feel super buttery but you could butter with a little effort. If buttering busts your nut then the Flying V version is the call.
Switch: The same either way. The only thing better than a true twin for riding switch is an asymmetrical twin. Just to be clear this is a directional twin because of the set back but the shape and flex is a twin. It’s very easy to center it for your stance width with the channel and then easy to set it back if you want more of a directional ride. The off access frost bite tech helps it act better riding switch as well.
Jibbing: Not a super easy jibber but if you know what you are doing it could work. Not the first board we would pick.
Pipe: It was fun in the pipe and we liked it.
Jumps: Really good spring off the tip/tail for ollies and the flat combined with camber made it for a springy board. Nice board for hitting kickers too.
So all in all we both liked the Off Axis Process Camber. It’s hard to find a borderline aggressive ride like this in the price range. We just wish it had a bit more rocker.