The 2017 Burton Antler did a 180 this year and went back to purepop camber. It seems to us like there might be a touch of early rise in the bend and it didn’t feel completely unforgiving like camber on snow. Even with the lesser float in powder we felt the camber transformed the Burton Antler into a more likable board for Aggressive Mountain Freestyle riders.
Conditions: Really good CO snow but a little messy with some hard spots here and there.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo
Boots: Burton SLX, Nike Zoom Ites
Bindings: Burton Cartel
Set Up: Centered 23″ 15 front -15 back.
Approximate Weight: Felt light bordering on normal.
Flex: Snappy and medium/stiff as Burton Describes.
On Snow Feel: Not quite as catchy as camber but its more of a board for the more technical rider. Even though this has a medium flex it requires you to be on your game more. The positive side is it’s easy to one foot and flat base. It also tracks pretty well at speed with none of that old hybrid rocker model loose feel that can be annoying, flat basing, one footing or bombing. All in all it’s got that aggressive/technical snappy feel to it that will appeal to the rider that loves traditional camber.
Edge Hold: Decent but I think we all expected a little more from this. When we hit hard patches I could feel the Burton Antler let go and slide out under foot. For us the Rome Agent Rocker with it’s new mostly camber profile does a better job gripping here. They both also have a very similar shape and centered stance.
Turn Initiation: Nice quick snappy turn initiation that we all had fun turning. It makes turning fun and it’s close to some of the better turners in the industry like the Custom X and Flight Attendant.
Skidded Turns: Not the best call for skidded turns and it will catch if you aren’t careful. Not as bad as some of the old early 2000 camber rides but there is still a lot of consequence compared to hybrid camber and hybrid rocker.
Carving: Really springs out of the turn well and it’s a rewarding carve. If there was a little more grip this would be amazing in all conditions but instead it’s just amazing in good snow.
Speed: It handles it’s speed very well for it’s flex.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty good here and it handled the messy resort snow we rode in without any complaints.
Powder: Not much powder that day and it’s super light CO powder so it’s not even a challenge to stay up above the snow. However I’d much rather be on the older hybrid rocker/flying v model than the new camber model. That’s probably one of our only complaints with this ride. Even though it seems like there might be a touch of early rise in the tip/tail we’d like to see more. Then there would be almost no reason to miss the older hybrid rocker model.
Switch: Very doable switch and its about what you would expect for a twinish board with a centered stance. It does favor nose first riding a little better though.
Jibbing: Not a terrible jibber but not a specialist.
Pipe: I took a lap through a flat lit icy pipe with some messy snow at the bottom and even with those bad conditions it did very well. So did Jimbo and he liked it there too. It’s a board I could easily lap the pipe with as long as I’m not too concerned about hard wall to wall drive in harder conditions. In softer conditions it would be pretty special.
Jumps: Really good pop here and it’s a board you could easily lap the park with. Also it’s great for making your own air on natural features on the mountain.
So all in all this isn’t a bad board and although it has some mostly camber to traditional camber flaws its something a technical aggressive mountain freestyle rider could really get into.