Positives

  • Amazing Float
  • quick slashy turning

Negatives

  • Base can get chalky and needs lots of maintenance.
  • Not fun to carve on groomers

Summary

The Burton 3D Fish is one incredibly fun slashy quick turning little fish. Other than the base getting chalky after a wax it’s been an amazing board.

Update 2024: The Burton 3D Fish hasn't changed from the 2021 model here except for one thing. The Base seems to not have less of the glide issues described in this video. So other than that, this video still stands. 

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

Stable

Turn Initiation

Fast

Skidded Turns

Semi-Easy

Flex

Medium

Buttering

Semi-Easy

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

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Burton 3D Fish In Depth Written Review Review by The Good Ride

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

Burton 3D Fish Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How This Review Happened:

We spent our precious Good Ride dollars to buy this and review it.
Size: 156
Days: 6+
Conditions: Shallow to very deep pow and an early morning slackountry time with Drift Boards.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs)
Boots: Burton Kendo, Burton Ion, Burton Tourist,
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers, F.I.T. Gameghangers LP, Sandsole Custom Insoles,
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Contact Pro/Union Superpro,
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 IO Mag, Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Guide Glove, Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Burton AK Clutch Glove, CG Habitats Work Glove, Drop Tahoma Mitt, Drop Cascade Glove, Drop Web Glove,

Similar Boards (but not the same): Capita Spring Break 158 Powder Glider, Capita Spring Break 161 Tree Hunter, Jones Mind Expander,

Set-Up: 21”, 21.5” Wide. 21 front -6 back, 24 front +3 back. Close to Reference and Set all the way back.

Approximate Weight:

The Burton 3D Fish is on the lighter side of normal but it isn’t really in that ultra-light category.  (We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores there is no consistency in a boards weight)

Sizing

There is a wide waist but the narrower tail is best for keeping it under size 11.

Here are some ideal US boot sizes for the Burton 3D Fish 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.
152: 8-9
156: 9-10
160: 9.5-10.5

Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level

 

 

 

 

 

The Burton 3D Fish is pretty tapered and directional but it doesn’t feel like 30mm of taper. Burton does cool things with the sidecut to make it not feel as washy on the tail.

Burton 3D Fish Camber profile

 

 

 

 

Burton 3D Fish Spoon Nose

 

 

 

 

Tail

 

 

 

 

 

The Camber profile is flat to rocker with lifted sides in the nose and some funky bends in the tail. It makes for a very cool feel transitioning from edge to edge in powder but you don’t feel it if you happen to be on groomers.

Flex Personality

The Burton 3D Fish has a pretty mellow flex for boards like this. It is med/stiff between the feet but soft in the nose and medium stiff in the tail. Still, this board butters really easy and it’s probably due to the rocker in the nose/tail. There is good but not exceptional pop on an ollie.

Speed

The base glide was exceptional out of the box but after my fist wax the base got chalky and weird. This happened with other Burton boards from 2021 as well. I waxed it with One Ball Jay All Temp which was never an issue in the past. Other friends with Burton boards had similar issues. I got some high end Burton wax and after a few waxes it was back to the easy glide that I had when I first got it.

Uneven Terrain

The Burton 3D Fish isn’t about bombing but more for those that like to turn. It isn’t for powering over chopped up snow or bumps either but is all about turning through it. I never felt this board get cranky even when there was only a little pow on top of harder uneven snow.

Edge Hold

Not bad but nothing you want to ride hard snow with.

Turn Initiation

Super quick. It just went wherever I wanted it to go. Great for trees. The waist is wide and so is the nose but all that taper makes this a tree chetah in powder.

Turning Experience/Carving

I took a hard turn or two on perfect soft groomers on the way back to the chair and it was doable but far from ideal.

Powder

So with a 23” stance width you can get -4.75” back from center of board. I couldn’t go that wide so not as far back but even with a 21.5” stance width I felt pretty far back but not on the tail. Still the float was exceptional and even in waist high pow it didn’t feel like the Burton 3D Fish was having trouble staying afloat. It might not have the speed of longer boards in the deep deep but it was having zero issues floating. This is my favorite board for jamming through trees. I don’t see many tight tree runs where I ride at Mt Bachelor but this is the kind of board I want to be on when I do. The way the 3D Tech/Lifted Sides work when turning in powder is really cool. It just has this smooth easy transition that makes turning more fun.

Conclusion

The Burton 3D Fish is a board I bought to review. I planned on selling it after but now its in my quiver. I love it for those storm days and it is one of my favorite boards in trees/tight spots.

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