The Burton Custom Flying V Restricted is a twin version of the Burton Custom Flying V with a little bit more narrow waist width. Often Burton Restricted boards just have a different graphic but this year they changed up the ride completely and it took over where the Custom Flying V Twin was last year. The difference is the Custom Flying V Twin from last year had the asymmetrical flex but this Restricted Custom Twin doesn’t.
On Snow Feel: This has that same loose feel as the Regular Custom Flying V and its different one footing and flat basing compared to other hybrid rides. The board has a quicker either direction kind of ride that would make a pure park rider a lot happier on this board than on the Custom Flying V. It’s the kind of board that’s fun either direction and incredibly playful. The Custom Flying V Restricted is the kind of board that is loose in hard conditions and becomes almost semi-stable in softer conditions
Powder: Burton’s Flying V camber tech has one more bend up before getting to the tip/tail which makes it a very easy float in powder for a twin with a centered stance. If you want the easiest float the Custom Flying V with it’s directional shape and set back stance but this is very good for a true twin in deeper thicker powder.
Turn Initiation and Carving: So both boards are easy to turn but the Custom Flying V Restricted’s narrower waist makes it even quicker edge to edge and it’s going to be fun to snap back and forth. Medium to wider radius turns are easy and somewhat fun but carving is missing something. It’s generally not going to wash out but what makes it great in powder makes it a little less than most hybrid rocker boards when it comes to a carve. This is more of a butter ollie kind of board.
Speed: In softer conditions you can feel a little chatter which is fine but when the conditions are harder its a little too chattery. The carbon in the tip/tail helps but it seems they need a little more work to stiffen it up. That’s a big challenge because you don’t want the tip/tail to be soo stiff that you can’t butter . There is a fast base so it keeps it’s speed very well in the flats.
Uneven Terrain: What makes this chattery at speed makes it amazing dealing with bigger bumps and rutted out crowded groomer. It’s not a chunder buster but its really easy on the body when moguls start to emerge on a groomer.
Edge Hold: The edge hold is getting a little better these days but it’s still not a board I want underfoot when conditions are hard. This is a much better good conditions board. Even borderline hard conditions aren’t ideal with this board and you can find yourself slipping or washing out. This is right on the border of good and average.
Flex: The Custom Flying V Restricted has a mediumish flex but it’s got such a playful easy to butter kind of flex. It’s also got a decent amount of snap/return after the flex.
Switch: Perfect either way. If you really like to ride switch the Custom Flying V is the call of the hybrid rocker customs.
Jibbing: This performs better than most boards of this flex and it isn’t bad at all in the jib park for someone who runs a little on the normal side weight wise. If you are lighter then softer flexing Burton boards will be the call but if you run a little thick like we do you will like this ride.
Pipe: It’s missing the edge hold and carving drive from wall to wall to make it a good to great pipe board. However it’s got a forgiving nature and will be fine in a soft spring pipe.
Jumps: This board just pops and snaps you into the air. Combine this with some hinge tech bindings and you have a board that pops higher than the vast majority of boards out there. This is an excellent hybrid rocker style jump board that has the kind of ollie power to make even a not so strong rider pop really high. In the jump park it is all about spinning and it’s a very easy forgiving ride. For us and our weight this is more of a small to medium sized kicker board. Medium is like 20 feet between the ramps end and landing zones beginning. It seems a little chattery for larger kickers but it’s still very doable. So 90% of most riders will love launching off anything all over the mountain and be more than happy in the most of the jump parks in the US. If you ride in places like Mammoth that often have 50-90 foot kickers and your fucked up enough in the head to hit them up a lot then there might be better boards.
So the Burton Custom Flying V Restricted does some things incredibly well and others aren’t there. You don’t often see such contrasting performance from category to category with a board so this could be amazing for some and others could really be bummed.