Nov 26, 2016 by Ren Volpi
Ability Level: Advanced •
Riding Style: Carver/ racer/ powder addict •
Days You Ride A Year: 22+ •
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5.7 / 178lbs / Size 9 boots
Conditions: Packed Sierra Cement, 2 day old Powder
Boots: DC T Rice size 10
Bindings: Burton Genesis X
So Last year I rode a Burton Flight Attendant 156, and after seeing this board sized 155 on Sale I decided to snatch it. Like James says in the review, this board is definitely a “Burvin”. Lot’s of similarities between the 2 models, since Nico helped designed both of them (really the FA should have been called his pro model, but it seems like Burton only does that with the White Collection these days). Anyway, these boards have some similarities but are definitely different. This review is mostly comparing the two of them, but also trying to help out those who never ridden either.
Approximate Weight: On the Light Side of Normal
On Snow Feel: Poppy, Playful and not as aggressive as you would think.
Powder: The 155 is probably not the best size for powder since this board is pretty narrow. Saying that, I will state that the float was decent but nothing to write home about. The FA 156 has a better float than the Mullair 155, but I am sure that the 159 model would do a lot better in powder.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Super quick edge to edge, one of the quickest I have ever ridden, comparable even to the ultra quick Yes PYL. When it comes to a carve though, it’s good but not perfect. This board has a freestyle feel to it, and the 155 even though never washed out on me, didn’t feel super stable or inspired confidence when laying down on a hard carve.
Speed: Definitely not a bomber. One of the main differences between this board and the FA is how both handled high speeds. Since the FA is a lot stiffer I felt super comfortable riding it fast and did not feel a lot of chunder under my feet, and I was using bindings and boots with great shock absortion (DC T.Rice/Burton Genesis X) . The Mullair was not as damp as the Flight Attendant and once I started going fast I felt lots of vibration under my feet. I did not feel confident straight lining this board.
Uneven Terrain: Due to its maneuverability, this board did great on uneven snow. Managing bumps and chunder on low speeds was incredibly easy, but you don’t wanna do the same thing through late afternoon snow going while riding super fast with the Mullair.
Edge Hold: Incredible edge hold, Mellow Magne traction from Mervin in my opinion performed better than other brand’s magne traction (from my humble perspective). As previously mentionded, even though I was feeling a lot of vibration under my feet going fast, this board held its edge even through early-somewhat icy morning groomers. This one could do well in the pipe.
Flex: It felt right in the middle for me, but I usually ride mid-stiff to stiff boards. This one felt super easy to butter and playful due to its flex.
Switch: I don’t ride switch that much, but it seems doable.
Jibbing: For the right Jibber, this board could lots of fun. Im not strong at buttering but this board made it easier.
Pipe: This could be a good board for the directional pipe rider
Jumps: Amazing pop, I’d say just as good as the Flight Attendant. This board likes to be in the up in the air at any given chance, and it’s so much fun popping from little hitters and traverses.
Conclusion: I feel like I would like this board better if I got the 159. Saying that, I wish the 155 was stiffer. This one is more for the playful freerider or aggressive freestyler, than for for those who like to go fast and aggressive in the backcountry. A fun board for groomer days, but personally this would not be my choice for deep powder days.