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Burton 3D Daily Driver 2021-2022 Snowboard Review

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Riding Style Freeride
Riding Level Intermediate - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in Austria
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Directional Camber
Stance Setback over 20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Split No
Powder Good
Base Glide
Carving Good
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Good
Jumps Great
Jibbing Average
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Skidded Turns

Semi-Easy

Flex

Medium

Buttering

Semi-Easy

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Burton 3D Daily Driver 2022 - 2021 Review by The Good Ride

Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Forgiving for directional camber, great soft snow to powder turn initiation, doesn’t feel very tapered on groomers.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Edge hold not ideal in harder snow. Can feel a bit washy.

Summary

The Burton 3D Daily Driver doesn’t have great edge hold or carve as hard as most Family Tree boards but sure does have an exceptional turn in soft snow and powder.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews and this is our unfiltered opinion. We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Burton 3D Daily Driver Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for

Burton 3D Daily Driver Review

How This Review Happened:

Precious Good Ride dollars were spent to buy this and review it.
Size: 155
Days: 6+
Same Day Comparisons to the Burton Hometown Hero & Lib Tech Lost Quiver Killer, Skeleton Key, Cartographer
Conditions: Everything from medium/firm snow to about knee high powder
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Clint (5’11, 160lbs, Size 10 boots)
Boots: Burton Kendo, Burton Ion, Burton Imperial
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers, F.I.T. Gameghangers LP, Sandsole Custom Insoles,
Bindings: Union Atlas
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom TDF Infuse 3L Gore-Tex Jacket, Burton Banshee Gore-Tex Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Clutch Mitt, CG Habitats Glove, CG Habitats Work Glove, Drop Tahoma Mitt, Drop Cascade Glove,

Similar Boards (but not the same): Yes Pick Your LineBurton Flight Attendant, Korua Otto, Lib Tech Terrain Wrecker, Endeavor Pioneer, Endeavor Ranger, Jones Frontier, Ride Wild Life, Lib Tech Lost Quiver Killer, Burton Hometown Hero

Set-Up: 21.5” Wide. 18-21 front -3 to -9 back. Close to Reference and Set as far back as I could with a 21.5” stance width.

Approximate Weight:

Like all Family Tree boards the Burton 3D Daily Driver has light but not ultra-light feel to it. (We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores there is no consistency in a boards weight)

Sizing

Here are some ideal US boot sizes for these boards. You can of course go bigger or smaller but these work best for not turning the board slower than it should be and not having the dreaded Toe & Heel Drag.
147: 6-7
155: 8.5-9.5
159: 9.5-10.5

Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level

Burton 3D Daily Driver Shape

 

 

 

 

 

The Burton 3D Daily Driver has a tapered directional shape but not a really tapered directional feel. Burton tweaks the sidecut to give you a more double ender feel that is less washy on groomers and a tapered feel in powder.

Burton 3D Daily Driver Camber

 

 

 

 

The camber profile is directional camber with lifted sides (3D Tech) in the nose/tail. It makes for a more catch free but stable feel underfoot compared to other Family Tree Directional Camber rides. The ends of the effective edge can feel a little more washy than other Burton Directional camber rides but it still has a pretty stable feel one footing and flat basing.

Flex Personality

The Flex of the Burton 3D Daily Driver production model is much stiffer than the demo we tried the year before. It is much closer to the Burton Hometown Hero (little softer though) and about the same or a touch stiffer than the Cartographer. It takes some work when new to butter but it should get easier over time. There is very energetic pop on an ollie like with all directional camber Burton boards. What I like is the 3D/lifted nose tail don’t make it too difficult to butter or load up on the tip/tail for an ollie.

Flex Personality

The Flex of the production model is much stiffer than the demo we tried the year before. It is much closer to the Burton Hometown Hero (little softer though) and about the same or a touch stiffer than the Cartographer. It takes some work when new to butter but it should get easier over time. There is very energetic pop on an ollie like with all directional camber Burton boards. What I like is the 3D/lifted nose tail don’t make it too difficult to butter or load up on the tip/tail for an ollie.

Speed

The Burton 3D Daily Driver is not a bomber but it is more than competent at above average mountain speeds. If you want to point it get the Flight Attendant, Deep Thinker or Leaderboard. The base has good glide but my board needed several waxes to get back to the glide I had when I first got it.

Uneven Terrain

The Burton 3D Daily Driver is such a great board in uneven terrain as long as you don’t push it. Burton knows how to balance pop with shock absorption for all conditions riding. The edge hold might not be there in hard micro bumpy snow but the shock absorption is. In softer messy snow it held up really well and turned easy through it.

Edge Hold

Felt a little behind the other family tree boards with directional camber and no 3D tech. This is best for good conditions only and I didn’t like it in harder snow.

Turn Initiation

The Burton 3D Daily Driver has medium to medium fast turning and I never felt like I needed less or more.

Turning Experience/Carving

So when you get the Burton 3D Daily Driver on groomers you don’t feel too much of the 3D tech in the nose/tail. Sometimes it feels a bit more washy than the Hometown Hero but overall it has a good turning experience if you make sure you put more weight between the feet when carving harder. There is a pretty balanced turning radius that is a touch on the turny side but down for any way you want to turn. When you get into powder and pretty soft snow you can feel that nose/tail make the turn more fun than the Hometown Hero and other directional camber boards. It just has such a smooth easy turn in powder.

Powder

So the Burton 3D Daily Driver doesn’t have as much directional float as the Hometown Hero in powder it sure does have a better turning experience. On a same day test switching back and fourth with Clint we both felt the Hometown Hero had less back leg burn but the Daily Driver had such a more satisfying pow turn. With a 23” stance width you can get -3.25” back from center of board. The Hometown is -3.875” with a 23” stance. So does the Double Dog at -4” at a 23” stance width. That being said, if you compare this to other All-Mountain boards it does very well in comparison.

Switch/Pipe/Jumps

Very doable switch when on Reference Stance and it’s and pretty good without being too washy on kickers. Not ideal for the Pipe unless it’s really soft.

Conclusion

So the Burton Burton 3D Daily Driver really lives up to its name except in harder snow. It takes things a bit more directional than most all mountain boards and a little less than most Freeride boards making it a great board for both worlds when centered on stance or set back. To top it off it has a really cool feel in soft snow to pow with the 3D nose/tail.

 
Burton 3D Daily Driver Past Reviews

Burton Daily Driver Snowboard Video Review Fast Forward Markers

0:00 – Intro 0:24 – Summary 1:00 – Sizing 1:27 – Camber/On Snow Feel 2:51 – Flex/Butterability/Pop/Air 4:07 – Speed/Dampness 4:39 – Uneven Terrain 5:08 – Edge Hold 5:35 – Turning/Carving 6:55 – Powder 7:26 – Switch/Freestyle/Park 7:58 – A Peter and Jimbo Conclusion 8:14 – Outakes/Jimbo Slow 8:38- About Our Reviews

Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Super buttery/playful/forgiving for a tapered directional ride.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Not the best edge hold in hard snow.

Summary

The Burton Daily Driver takes a pretty mellow flex and puts it into a tapered directional shape that lives up to its name in all but hard snow.  It is a hard board to define. You could call it all mountain, mountain freestyle or mellow freeride and you would all be right.  It blends well with a wide variety of riding styles.

We rode a demo model early last season They changed the color of the base for production but we aren’t sure if anything else changed. 

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews and this is our unfiltered opinion. We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Burton Daily Driver 2021 Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for

Burton Daily Driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back. 1 day demo. We had a few laps at a demo. We liked it so much we asked to keep it (we only do this with our favorites).  After a demo, we liked it so much we bought it.  We spent our precious Good Ride dollars to buy this and review it.
Size: 155
Days: 1
Conditions: Some hard old mid winter snow with some softer rideable patches.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, F.I.T. Gamechangers, F.I.T. Gameghangers LP
Bindings:  Burton Cartel X

Similar Boards (but not the same)Never Summer West Bound, Burton Hometown Hero, Lib Tech Lost Quiver Killer, Burton 3D Kilroy Camber

Set-Up: 21.5” Wide.  18 front -9 back. Close to Reference

Approximate Weight:

The Burton Daily Driver feels pretty normal. Not super light but not super heavy. (We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores there is no consistency in a boards weight)

Sizing

Here are some ideal US boot sizes for the Burton Daily Drivers. You can of course go bigger or smaller but these work best for not turning the board slower than it should be and not having the dreaded Toe & Heel Drag.
155: 8.5-9.5
159: 9.5-10.5

Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level

Burton Daily Driver Camber Nose
Burton Daily Driver Camber Nose
Burton Daily Driver Camber tail
Burton Daily Driver Camber tail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Burton Daily Driver is tapered and directional but just doesn’t feel as tapered as the specs say on snow. The Directional Camber profile with the lifted sides after the camber ends makes the board pretty stable and forgiving but it doesn’t have that edgeless washy feel that a lot of boards have with lifted tech before the camber ends. Other than a little less edge hold than you would expect in harder snow the Burton Daily Driver has a very consistent feel underfoot in all conditions.

Flex/Pop/Buttering

So the Burton Daily Driver has a medium/stiff flex between the feet going to medium to medium soft in the tip/tail. It makes for a really buttery ride for a Family Tree board. Most Family Tree boards are variations of medium stiff to stiff throughout the board so this is really cool. Lots of pop happening here.

Speed

The Burton Daily Driver is not quite there with boards like the Flight Attendant or Hometown Hero but it can handle some speed for sure. The base on our demo model was pretty beat up but based on our experience with this same base on other boards it has really good glide.

Uneven Terrain

Such a great board for all day riding. Burton just does cool things with their core and overall construction to make a board really poppy but still able to absorb micro bumpy snow and all kinds of uneven terrain. It’s great for dealing with all kinds of messy snow at slow to moderate speeds. Its only weakness is hammering over chunder at really high speeds. That is where the Flight Attendant or Hometown Hero will do better.

Edge Hold

This is one place we would like more from the Burton Daily Driver. Like many Burton boards, it just doesn’t bite into harder snow like so many other boards we ride with very mellow to moderate sidecut disruption. If you can work your edges with a twist to get it to grip more and don’t like disrupted sidecuts this will be fine. We prefer the extra confidence we get from extra disruption in the sidecut. Especially when we hit an unexpected hard patch.

Turn Initiation

Pretty medium to medium quick edge to edge. It has a really smooth transition that likes all kinds of turns.

Turning Experience/Carving

There is some pretty good spring out of a turn for how the Burton Daily Driver feels when you butter. Its so playful you would think it would shit the bed on a carve but it doesn’t. It’s pretty satisfying as long as the snow is soft.

Powder

We didn’t get any powder but it looks like there is decent set back on board. The 10mm of taper and the early rise in the nose should make it float pretty well. We love lifted sides in the nose in powder with other boards so this should help the board turn easier in powder as well and it might help the float too. I bought one so we’ll see.

Switch/Park

Great for a tapered directional ride. Burton has some secret sauce going on in their sidecut tech with tapered boards. They just don’t feel as tapered as the specs say. You feel only a little taper and just a longer nose than tail when riding switch. This seems like the only jib friendly Family Tree board and it also seems like a fun board for jumps and soft pipe. If you want something more park oriented and closer to a twin the Burton 3D Kilroy Camber will do the trick.

Conclusion

We all really liked this mix of a tapered directional shape with a buttery mountain freestyle flex with lifted sides. It is a great call for those that want something more mellow than the Flight Attendant and Hometown Hero or something more directional and forgiving than the Burton Custom Camber.

 
Burton 3D Daily Driver Specs

 
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