The Burton Clash is kind of unique because it’s an entry level Freeride board. Usually you don’t see a soft forgiving board with a tapered tail and a pretty sizable set back. It’s one achilles heel is the lack of edge hold as the snow get’s firm to hard. If you are only going to ride in good conditions then this could work. Not much has changed from 2016-2017.
2016-2017 Burton Clash Review
Changing the Burton Clash to a Flat to Rocker board is a much better idea for entry level riders.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal enough
On Snow Feel: The flat to rocker profile is so much better one footing off the chair than the older continuous rocker model. It’s much more stable and it’s easier to go down long flat runs too. Overall a nice improvement but I wish they had some kind of entry level pure pop directional camber thing going for the Burton Clash instead. It would even out the ride and give that entry level freerider the sensation of spring out of a turn, more pop off the tail and all the things that make riding the mountain truly fun.
Powder: Same great easy floating ride with their flat to rocker profile. -25mm is a lot of set back and combined with the tapered tail it makes for a very easy floating ride. It’s a great board for those that plan to see a lot of powder when starting out and it floats like a champ. If you plan to set it back and surf powder then you have a good board for it.
Turn Initiation: You can’t expect much here with this camber profile but it’s easy to turn and that’s really all you want with this board. As you get better the turning will become boring but it will help you get the basics of turning down so one day you will be able to handle a really dynamic turner like the Flight Attendant. It would of been nice to see a little camber in there like I mentioned above in On Snow Feel but I can see why Burton choose flat top because of how easy it is.
Skidded Turns– Perfect for skidding out your turns and it’s incredibly forgiving if you get off your game compared to most Freeride boards out there.
Carving– Really boring and lifeless edge to edge.
Speed: It’s not ideal for straight lining your steepest hill but it’s fine with a little moderate mountain speed.
Uneven Terrain: Very good at handling messy end of the day resort snow so you can keep at it from first chair to last. It’s not that bad in bumps if they are soft too.
Edge Hold: This to me is the biggest problem with the Clash. It’s not really good for anything but med/soft snow to powder. Burton’s Frost Bite Edge Hold tech doesn’t really bite and you can feel the Clash slip out under foot if you hit a medium to hard snow patch in what is mostly soft snow. The boards fun easy personality falls apart when the snow get’s hard so only get this board if you plan to ride in powder to soft snow. If they could bump up the edge hold tech this would be a much more recommendable board as for beginner/intermediate riders edge hold is really important.
Flex: Nice soft easy buttery flex that is pretty unique. It’s got a freeride shape with a freestyle flex.
Switch: Doable but not perfect. If you want to center this up it won’t be bad but you will feel that the nose and tail are different.
Jibbing: Usually a board of this shape would absolutely suck in the jib park but this is pretty good.
Pipe: Not ideal here because there is no edge hold but if you want to give it a go when the pipe is soft you shouldn’t have much trouble.
Jumps: Not a lot of pop here and it feels a little less poppy than the V rocker model. However for beginners it’s a worth while trade to have more stability between the feet than pop.
So overall taking the Burton Clash’s camber profile to Flat to Rocker helps make it a better more beginner friendly board. If the edge hold was bumped up this would be a really solid beginners all mountain to freeride choice.
2015 and Below Burton Clash Review
The Burton Clash is for the many of us that don’t have allot of cash and know riding the mountain will be more your thing. It’s got a mellow flex and feel but it’s tapered set back shape makes for an entry level freeride to all mountain kind of ride. If you are going to learn to ride in soft conditions to powder this is a decent entry level board.
The Channel Upgrade for the 2014 Burton Clash is nice too. The 3 hole thing is just dead and now you can use EST bindings with it if you want.
The 2015 Burton Clash upgraded to a squeeze box core that will make the flex a little more natural and give it an all around easier board to butter. It’s not a massive improvement but it is a nice improvement to the ride that allows the board to turn and butter a little better than the older model.
On Snow Feel: The rocker shape of the Burton Clash is perfect for a beginner to learn on because you don’t catch edges. As you evolve as a rider you will probably get tired of the Burton Clash but its a decent start. It’s pretty loose and playful between the feet and it will take a little work to get comfortable one footing and flat basing. The directional shape usually should have an all mountain feel but the continuous rocker makes it feel more like a freestyle board.
Powder: The V-Rocker profile and 1″ setback will help you float really easy for your first powder days and the taper helps the tail sink down into it to keep your nose up. This board has powder skills and will float really well. This could serve as a dedicated powder board very easily for those on a budget. The extruded base doesn’t have that pow glide but other than that the board is close to being excellent in powder.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Very easy to turn but it’s more for skidded turns than pointing it. It won’t help you learn to carve out a turn or get a little more aggressive on the hill but it will help you understand how to go edge to edge very well.
Speed: The extruded base is slow but durable and doesn’t need to be waxed much which is good for beginners. It holds its speed ok but it’s not a board you want to get going at high speeds with. This is much more of a park than a mountain board.
Uneven Terrain: Very easy with bumpy crappy snow. Burton has good shock absorption.
Edge Hold: Due to the lack of edge hold this is more of a good conditions all mountain beginner ride. The edge hold isn’t great so if you happen to ride in hard to icy conditions this isn’t your best option. If you are learning in soft snow this will be fine.
Flex: Very soft playful and buttery. The 2015 is a little better here for a butter because of the squeeze box tech but it’s not out of control better.
Switch: Not perfect but it can be done a lot better than you would think for a tapered directional board.
Jibbing: You know this can handle a jib park pretty well because of the soft flex.
Pipe: Not so great in the pipe. No edge hold and not the kind of board I’d like to take in there.
Jumps: There is decent spring but it’s not like the Flying V boards.