The Burton Sherlock is a playful all mountain snowboard that is like the Custom Flying V but with a longer length to waist width ratio. If you ride in mostly soft/ good conditions and prefer a double ender for powder you could fall in love with this board.
2014 Burton Sherlock Review
Conditions: Some pretty hard to borderline icy snow at the top with softer really good snow at the bottom.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Burton Cartel EST with Hinge Tech,
Set Up: A little set back, 23″ wide 15 front -6 back.
The Burton Sherlock at first has a lot of similarities as the Burton Custom Flying V but after getting it on the hill there is definitely it’s own unique personality.
On Snow Feel: The Burton Sherlock has a dual personality. In soft snow this is truly an amazing board. It’s mostly stable and pretty playful. As the conditions get harder the Sherlock becomes more loose between the feet, get’s more chattery and kind of feels like a meaningless one night stand’s end at 8 am. Over the years Burton has worked on improving this and each year they do a little to firm up the extra bend at the tip/tail and add a little more edge hold. Now its getting closer to a one night stand that you want to call after and maybe take out on a date. It’s becoming a medium to good conditions ride and could make the right rider pretty happy.
Powder: The Burton Sherlock gives you a little more length for the waist width so you get a little more float in the nose and this is very fun for directional powder riding. It borders on being excellent for most riders and is excellent for those that like more of a double ender feel that is semi-surfy. It’s pretty quick in the trees and not a bad board. I’m drawing on previous model experiences but the general ride is the same. The Sherlock can even handle deep thick and often ugly Sierra powder which is kind of the true test of a powder board. The light fluffy stuff in the middle US is fun with just about any board.
Turn Initiation and Carving: It’s pretty quick edge to edge and it’s pretty playful however it has some of the trappings of Flying V Rocker where it does hold in a carve but really doesn’t spring like some hybrid shapes out of a turn. Still you can have some fun turning with small to carving turns.
Speed: In soft or powder conditions this is pretty good and getting better with the extra stiffness in the nose/tail this year. Still there are some issues in harder snow and you can feel some chatter going on. It’s not like a flapping clown foot any more but there is still more chatter than I would like. The base is on the middle to higher end and it holds it’s speed well on a long cat track.
Uneven Terrain: If you have a long mogul run in the way of a pow stash The Burton Sherlock will do fine and handle bumps at slower speeds with ease.
Edge Hold: Burton has a little 1/2 mm or so extension at each binding where most companies have a lot more going on when it comes to grip. What gives such great float in powder also keeps the Burton Sherlock from holding as well as some hybrid rocker boards. This is an extra bend in the tip and tail that reduces a little pressure towards the end of the effective edge. After all this being said the Sherlock holds an edge better than it use to. It’s gone from the low end of average to bordering on good.
Flex: Very easy flex and the more we ride squeeze box tech the more we appreciate it. The Sherlock butters really well for an all mountain to freeride board. We also run on the thicker or stronger side and Burton boards generally cater to smaller thinner riders. So to us this was incredibly easy to butter and play around with despite the longer length for the waist width.
Switch: The Sherlock is Twinnish bordering on Directional when it comes to shape but it rides switch pretty well. It borders on great and if you like to ride switch you can for sure do it.
Jibbing: Kind of long for a jib board but to us the flex wasn’t going to be too unforgiving.
Pipe: It’s not got the drive wall to wall that some boards have, it’s not the strongest when it comes to edge hold and it’s a little on the longer side of all moutnain. We were on the 157 but should of been on the 160 or 163 for our weight, height, shoe size ect.
Jumps: Great mountain pop for ollies off natural features and it’s the kind of board that makes it fun to ollie off everything. In the park it’s a little to long to be a great jump board but the pop from this hybrid rocker shape is really snappy and springy. Most who get this board will be mostly on the mountain side of things so it won’t matter that the Sherlock doesn’t spin quickly.
All in all the little refinements over the years since we first tried this board have improved the ride but the general feel is still there.
The 2013 Burton Sherlock is pretty close to the 2012.
The 2012 Burton Sherlock has a change in the effective edge to give it a little more board on snow and they added “squeezebox” to give the board better flex/pop between the feet. The ride improved in terms of flex and feel but the edge hold is still lacking.
Conditions: A little bit of powder to hard bordering on icy snow.
Riders: James, Peter
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju
Bindings: Burton Cartel, Burton Cartel EST, Burton Cartel Limited, Burton Diode,
Set Up: A little set back, 23″ wide 15 front -12 back
On Snow Feel: The hybrid rocker feel of the Sherlock feels a lot like a continuous rocker board between the feet and it’s very loose. On hard pack when you flat base or one foot it takes some getting use to and it’s not ideal for a long skate down a cat track. It feels like a skate board with loose trucks. The positive side is it is very forgiving loose and playful. It’s really fun to cruise and play around the mountain in softer snow. As the conditions get softer the board becomes more stable and it’s a lot more fun to ride. It’s the
Powder: The Burton Sherlock is a border line excellent ride when it comes to powder. It’s actually one of it’s best qualities. The Flying V Rocker tech might be chattery in hard pack but it really shines in powder. It has a quick edge to edge style that makes it pretty surfy for only a 12.5mm or 1/2 inch set back. What is fun about this board is you can make a few surfy turns, hit a natural feature, land switch and ride away switch without much of a problem. We liked the Sherlock a little better in pow than we did the Custom Flying V.
Turn Initiation: The Sherlock was really easy to turn for a board of this flex and it’s one of those boards that anyone can ride. For some it might be too easy but most will find it to their satisfaction. There is a very loose and playful feel here and the board responds very well to quick short radius turns. It also is very easy to get into wider turns.
Speed: The Sherlock has a good base that can perform well but not exceptional. We liked the Custom Flying V a little better here. You can mach down a hill on a powder day but the chatter the Sherlock generates on a hard pack day is less than ideal for speed. You can feel the chatter coming from the nose and it works it’s way to the bindings. On a snowment day I rode the nose/tail slapped the snow up and down making a sound similar to a bike with a card in the spokes. Another thing to mention is it’s not ideal to flat base so if you are one of those ballsy riders who likes to set their board flat and bomb you won’t be impressed with the Sherlock if you like stability. Some don’t have issues with a loose board but I do. In better conditions many of the complaints about the Sherlock went away. It wasn’t as chattery and was more fun when it came to speed.
Uneven Terrain: When you slow down and hit uneven snow the Sherlock can negotiate uneven bumpy end of the day snow very well. What makes it chattery at high speed makes it pretty good in uneven snow at slower speeds.
Aproximate Weight: The Sherlock is pretty light. It’s on the lighter end of the scale than most boards out there but it’s not in the ultra light category.
Edge Hold: On hard pack days the Burton Sherlock is just not where many boards are. The pressure edge distribution aka frostbite edges are fine in good conditions but Burton’s claim about gripping icy snow is very much over exaggerated. The Sherlock slid across icy patches instead of grip through them and barely hung in there when it came to keeping it’s edge in snowment. We’d really like to see more of an extension of the board between the bindings. The Frostbite tech is about 1/2 of a millimeter extension of the edges but we’d like to see a lot more to make this hybrid rocker grip the snow. The 1/2 millimeter is ok for a camber board but you need more from a hybrid rocker board than this tech. In my opinion the edge hold is holding this board back from being a really fun all conditions ride. It’s only super fun in good conditions and I sincerely wish they would do something about this.
Flex: As far as Burton goes it’s more of a medium to even medium/stiff flex. Burton caters to lighter riders. I’m pretty heavy for someone my height and shoe size so this board felt flimsy compared to many in it’s class. Burton’s sweet spot was really set for a rider who is much lighter and the same height as I. So if you are thick like me there are other boards that will do better than the Sherlock. I would think that even for a much lighter rider this board will still have the ability to easily butter and press.
Carving- The lack of edge hold and design of their hybrid rocker snowboards doesn’t make for good carving. It’s no steak knife but more like a butter knife. In better conditions the Sherlock will be rather fun to lay out a big turn and it holds but it just doesn’t hold well at all in harder conditions and becomes washy.
Switch: This is not a twin shape but riding switch isn’t bad. This is a twin like directional shape very similar to the Burton Custom Flying V Rocker. It feels different but still easy.
Rails/Jibbing: There will be some better boards but this does a good job. We’d much rather be on the Nug or Whammy bar here but this isn’t bad stopping in from time to time.
Pipe: The edge hold just won’t be fun in an icy pipe but this could be really fun on spring or warmer days.
Jumps/Pop– Might be the Sherlock’s best quality. The Sherlock is really fun and it has a fun forgiving approach to your average kicker. It is loose and easy to spin. It was pretty springy too and fun to generate your own air. If you combine EST bindings with Hinge Technology you have one of the easiest boards to ollie out there. I personally enjoyed the Custom Flying V and Antler better here but it’s still a good board for riding around the mountain and looking for natural terrain to launch off.
All in all the Sherlock will be decent choice for riding when the conditions are good but it’s far from an all conditions ride. Many can still have a lot of fun with this board if it fits their riding style but we’d like to see some more edge hold and a lot less chatter when the conditions are hard.