The 2018 Burton Custom has had a little reboot from past years. The 2018 Burton Custom has a very similar ride to the 2017 but they tweaked the specs a little to refine it’s original strengths a bit more. It’s not a perfect one board quiver like it used to be but it’s still an amazing turning board that loves to get air.
2018 Burton Custom Vs. 2017 Burton Custom
- The most visible part is the blunted tip/tail that makes the board look more contemporary when lined up with its peers and also adds a little bit more float compared to the old round nose custom. It’s not going to be a lot but still, a slight improvement is better than nothing.
- The 2018 Burton Custom has a shorter effective edge so it can stay the same size with a bigger nose/tail. Didn’t’ really notice any difference.
- The side cut is almost the same but just a touch deeper. We didn’t notice any difference.
- There is a -12.5 mm set back up from -10mm so that’s a little better when it comes to floating but not anything mind blowing. Not sure on the set back on board now.
- The nose and tail are about .5 cm smaller than the past models but we didn’t really feel it.
- It’s got a more eco-friendly top sheet.
- The weight recommendations are more big rider friendly than past years. Didn’t seem like there was a change in the core but not 100% sure.
2018 Burton Custom Review
Days: 1 with the 2018 model but 100’s of days with our crew over the years.
Conditions: Pretty wet snow falling a bit with some rain at the bottom. Normally we wouldn’t go out on a day like this but we were glad we did. The snow was much better than you would think.
Riders: James, Jimbo, Tim and Peter
Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX,
Bindings: Burton Cartel
Set Up: Centered or close to it, 15 front and -15 back approx 22.5″ wide
Recommended Boot and Binding: Man this board works great with the Cartels and it seems like they were made for each other….even though there is a custom binding. We like Re:Flex better because you can use them on non-Burton boards. The Union Atlas, Gnesis-X and Genesis all work well too. Any medium to med/stiff boot works well for us like the Adidas Tactical ADV, Imperial or Ion.
Approximate Weight: Feels like it borders on being light but it’s just another normal feeling board.
Flex: It’s got a medium flex for what feels like the whole board.
Sizing: The 158 felt pretty good for Peter and I. We could even go with the 156. With the Custom, there seems to be a size for almost every rider’s boot. I think Tim and Jimbo would be better off with a wide version.
On Snow Feel: So the custom isn’t a super stiff aggressive board but the reason why it’s called Aggressive all mountain is that it’s an old technical camber board that’s locked in so it will catch an edge and slam you if you are off your game. The Burton Custom also likes to go pretty big. It’s the kind of board that advanced to expert riders still really like when it comes to all mountain play. It’s not for everyone these days but it is a great groomer board for those that love to turn. It’s all about turning, getting air
Edge Hold: We didn’t get to try this that much in hard snow. There were only a few patches near the top but what little we tried felt like standard Burton camber edge hold. It’s good in medium to soft snow. It can hang a bit in hard snow but it starts to let go a lot easier than other boards in its peer group. Still, it’s better than the Burton Custom Flying V. You can tune the edges to grip better but it makes the board more catchy which isn’t ideal.
Turn Initiation: The Burton Custom has a relatively quick turn initiation that’s medium to medium fast edge to edge. It can work rather well in tight spots.
Turning Experience: The Burton Custom is all about turning and in our opinion one of the best in the game. A lot could look past its lack of float and catchy edge to enjoy good groomer turning. Short, medium and wide radius turns all have this super fun springy feel to it. It’s for sure the best quality about this board and why after so many years it’s still fun to get out on.
Carving: If the snow is good you can make really powerful super fun carves. It really springs out of the turn and then set’s you up for the next one. It’s not quite as special as the Custom X but it’s pretty close and if you carve switch it’s better with the Custom.
Skidded Turns: Not the board you want if you skid your turns a lot. It could really punish you if you catch an edge.
Speed: Burton has softened the flex over the years but the dampness at speed is still the same. It’s a fast board and most people won’t need any more speed on wide open mountain runs.
Uneven Terrain: It’s not bad for its size and camber profile. Burton does great things with their flex to help you absorb shock on messy crowded resort runs.
Powder: Here is one place that the Burton Custom has not kept up with the rest of the All Mountain World. You pay a big price for that springy super fun camber in the deep stuff. It’s still an over the handlebar kind of ride if you get off that back leg a bit. The blunted tip/tail are an improvement over the rounded but it’s still a camber ride. If you can afford the Burton Custom Flying V or a board with much better powder float then that’s the call. Or maybe even the Kilroy Custom could work as a one board quiver compared to the standard Custom if you are ok with a more unbalanced switch attack. It’s got a lot more directional float than the Custom for a pure camber ride.
Switch: The twin flex and tiwnish shape make for a pretty good switch ride. It’s just a little behind your average directional twin and very doable. It still favors directional riding a bit though.
Jibbing: It’s not ideal for serious jibbers, which I am not, but instead it’s good for the wide box and not technical stuff you might see on your way to the pipe or kickers. Jimbo could get after it with the Burton Custom but I would much rather be on something softer.
Pipe: I’ve had great times in the pipe with the Burton Custom over the years. It’s a really fun board for technical pipe riders who love that camber drive from wall to wall. If it had more edge hold it would own it.
Jumps: Probably the second best feature about the Burton Custom after turning. It’s really got some pop off the tip/tail. Once you get used to its slightly twinish shape it’s the kind of board you can lap the kickers with all day. If you can handle camber the ollie power is amazing.
So all in all the Burton Custom is still a great board. It’s not the one board quiver it used to be for all conditions riding but it still is one of the best all mountain boards when it comes to a really joyful turning experience.
The Burton Custom has been around forever and a few days. It’s actually an easier ride than it was in the past but with the addition of so many catch free easy floating hybrid profiles in the market these days this old traditional camber version has become a bit obsolete when looking for a one board solution. Still it’s a fun board to turn and if you love traditional camber rides this won’t disappoint. Other than a few minor tweaks not much has changed for 2017.
2012- 2017 Burton Custom Review
So the Burton Custom is still probably one of the most well known snowboards in the industry. As the world of snowboarding got easier with these hybrid camber and hybrid rockre catch free profiles it made the Custom Camber seem more aggressive, more catchy and less of a versatile all conditions ride. So even though it’s not the all conditions ride it use to be it’s still one of the better camber boards out there. This would be a good compliment for someone who already has a Custom Flying V for powder. I personally think it would be really cool to see it as a hybrid camber board. Maybe even take PurePop Camber to a new level by adding more rocker. I think it would bring back a lot of that all mountain love I had for this board back when everything was camber.
Conditions: Anything you can think of.
Riders: James Peter, Jimbo, Kyle and many others
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Nike Kaiju, DC Judge, Nike Zoom Ites
Bindings Used: Burton Cartel, Burton Cartel Limited, Flux SF45, Burton Genesis, Burton Diode
Set Up: Many stances
On Snow Feel: It feels very stable between the feet and offers a good ride for accomplished riders who understand the benefits and consequences of camber. This is a great board for directional groomer riding and carving but if you know how to handle camber you can take an aggressive switch/all mountain freestyle approach to the mountain as well. It’s a board that helps you get the most out of turning.
Powder: This use to be a pretty good powder board and nothing really changed about the ride except for hybrid shapes have made powder riding easier. If you like camber in powder you will be happy but if you are use to hybrid shapes like the Burton Custom Flying V you will find this a lot more work on your back foot. You also might find that if you lean forward too much you will go cartwheeling. Again I’d love to see a little early rise rocker and maybe even a more powder friendly nose/tail added to the Custom’s design.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Nothing beats camber when it comes to carving and the Custom 2012-2017 has close to the great spring out of a turn as the first Custom I tried in the early 2000’s. Back in the day the Custom was more directional like the Custom X but today it’s twinish shape is still really fun. Burton really figured out how to make edge to edge transitioning more fun than almost any other board in it’s class. You do this the most when riding the mountain so why not make it as rewarding as possible. It’s not super quick edge to edge but its springy and rewarding. Short radius to carving turns are really fun with the custom. The addition of the newer tech like squeeze box which tools out the core gives this a fun feel and has improved over past models.
Speed: The Custom can bomb if you want. It’s not as good as the Custom X but it can handle higher speeds pretty well. The Custom has a nice blend between speed and a more forgiving nature (for camber) when conditions start to change for the worse throughout the day.
Uneven Terrain: You can ride with good shock absorption from first thing in the morning on a crowded day to the last chair and the board won’t pass the varying impact up to you. Not many boards can offer this at this flex level.
Edge Hold: The addition of Frost Bite or what use to be called pressure distribution edges helps the Custom hold a better edge and it borders on great. It’s got good hold for most conditions people want to ride in but it still excels in medium to softer snow over firm to harder snow.
Flex: Since the introduction of squeeze box the flex has become a little more playful without loosing it’s ability to stay aggressive on the mountain. It’s still no easy task compared to the Burton Custom Flying V to butter but it’s easier than it use to be. If you are a stronger old school rider you might really like buttering around on this board.
Switch: The twinish shape isn’t bad but it’s definitely different riding switch. Even though the Custom Flying V has the same shape the hybrid rocker profile makes the ride switch easier than the Custom. Still the Custom isn’t bad after a little time with it.
Jibbing: Not really as easy as the hybrid shapes these days. This is more of a pipe and Jump board.
Pipe: If you keep the edges sharp the Custom is a really fun board to drive from wall to wall but it’s more for the technical pipe rider than the guy just looking to give the pipe a try and try to have fun.
Jumps: One thing that is hard to duplicate with the hybrid and rocker shapes is the pop you can get from the camber model of the Burton Custom. This is a great board to generate your own air with and a fun board to look for stuff to ollie off around the mountain. The 2014 and above model has a bit of an advantage over the previous years but all are really poppy. A perfect set up would be to use the Cartel EST with hinge tech or the Genesis EST with hinge tech as well to get even more pop. Even though I’m personally not a fan of EST bindings proprietary tech I can’t argue that it doesn’t add extra pop.
The Custom didn’t sit still while everything moved around it but instead continued to refine the way old school camber works and feels. If you want a great all mountain board that leans on the aggressive side in today’s world of snowboarding the Burton Custom could make you pretty happy.
The General ride of the Burton Custom doesn’t change much year to year but every year Burton’s design team is working on introducing new tech that continues to enhance the original ride. So the 2012-2016 Burton Custom has changed enough to make it a different ride than before. It began with squeze box and continued to evolve. The 2014 added some carbon fiber to the flex and it makes for a little extra snap in the tip and tail of an already poppy ride. The 2015 Burton Custom seems unchanged and it’s not much different from the 2014.
The Custom has many different models in 2014 and here is a quick breakdown. The Burton Custom (twinish camber), the Custom Flying V (directional/twinish hybrid rocker), the Custom Flying V Twin (Twin Hybrid Rocker) and the Burton Custom Twin (camber twin). With all these boards there could be some custom confusion going on. Of these boards the Burton Custom is the solid camber All mountain ride for the old schooler in a land of hybrid shapes.
2010-2011 Burton Custom Review
The Burton Custom use to define the all mountain category and it is still one really fun All Mountain camber ride. The Burton Custom comes in many models this year.
Burton Custom Sizes Tried- 156, 163
Conditions: Anything you can think of.
Riders: Mary (owned it), James (owned it)
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton SLX, Burton Ruler, Salomon Synapse
Bindings Used: Burton Cartel,Burton Co2, Burton P1
Set Up: Mary was 21 inches wide almost centered 18 front and 6 back. I tried centered 12 -12, set back 18 -6 and a bunch of other stances.
The custom is also a great board for those that still love the feel of camber when it isn’t dumping and have a hybrid or rocker shape for powder riding. Even though many hybrid shapes have passed up the Burton Custom Camber when it comes to all Mountain/All Conditions dominance the Burton Custom is still a great board for the right rider.
On Snow Feel: This board is pretty catch free for a camber board but it’s not consequence free. You can definitely catch an edge if you want to treat it like the flying V. It’s better with a more technical rider at the helm.
Powder: In the past we would say the Custom Camber board does well in the powder but these days it can’t keep up with the rocker or hybrid shapes out there. It still does well for camber but it can’t come close to the Burton Custom Flying V Rocker when it gets really deep.
Speed: This board does very well at slow to medium speeds but can’t haul ass like the Custom X at high speeds. The base is pretty fast and the board has a medium flex. We’d say it’s border line excellent.
Uneven Terrain: The custom has a medium flex but really understands how to make a board flex well under foot for all types of terrain. It does much better than most boards of this design and flex.
Approximate Weight- This is a pretty light board. It’s not going to break any records but it does reside comfortably in the pretty light category. You might notice this on your front foot when riding up a chair but you’re not going to say Fu$(when is this lift over.
Turn Initiation and Carving- This is probably the Burton Custom’s best quality. It still leaves a little work for you to do if you want to lay into a turn. It is fun to make big turns or short tight turns and it will never let you down in a tight spot. When it comes down to laying a serious carve the Burton Custom isn’t as good as the Burton Custom X but pretty close.
Edge Hold: This board has good edge hold considering it has a traditional shape and a medium flex. It’s not anywhere close to the Burton Custom X with its pressure distribution edges or now called frost bite edges between the feet but it will hold an edge in most hard pack conditions and in most pipes.
Flex: This is a soft to medium flexing board. You can butter and press with some strength/effort but it’s not effortless and easy like it’s hybrid rocker model but there is a little bit of a change with the squeeze box tech that thins out the core where it’s not that necessary.
Switch: Even though this board is directional it’s twinish shape still can ride switch pretty well. It does feel a lot different than riding regular. You will get use to it but it’s nowhere near as fun as a twin or even many directional twins.
Pipe: This board does pretty well in the pipe. It has enough edge hold to climb most walls.
Jibbing- Not terribly jib friendly because this is a cambered board with a medium flex.
Jumps: It’s a good board for jumps and can handle most anything you throw at it. These days the Camber shape is a little more technical aka less forgiving than the newer rocker shapes.