The Burton Custom X Flying V is a hybrid rocker take on the old original camber Custom X. It’s a pretty fun good condition ride but we felt Burton missed the mark with this new model. If they just made the Camber Custom X into hybrid camber with rocker after the binding it would have been aggressive all mountain magic. Instead, it’s the Ying to the Custom X’s Yang and a lot to pay to compensate for the Custom X Camber’s shortcomings. Other than the blunt tip/tail and reduced set back the 2018 Burton Custom X Flying V hasn’t changed in a way that we could truly feel it underfoot compared to the 2017 Burton Custom X Flying V. We do like look of the blunt tip/tail better though.
2018 Burton Custom X Flying V Review
Conditions: Really good CO snow with some powder but also a hard block of snowment underneath.
Riders: James, Peter, Tim and Jimbo
Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Nike Lunarendore
Bindings: Burton Genesis X both times
Set Up: Closer to center but a bit set back. 15 front -9 back both times. about 23″ wide both times
Approximate Weight: Feels light bordering on normal. Not too light to be un-sturdy.
Flex: Stiff but surprisingly easy to butter for this med/stiff flex.
On Snow Feel: So the Burton Custom X Flying V has that same semi-stable kind of feel that all the other Burton Flying V / Hybrid Rocker boards have. Its fine in soft snow but can feel a little loose in harder snow and every time we hit a hard patch we felt it get loose. It’s got a good snow board feel.
Edge Hold: Better than some of the hybrid rocker Burton Boards but still it’s not that great and we felt like even the stiffer flex was still in the same general area as the other Flying V boards. You could feel it let go in the hard patches if you tried to commit to an edge.
Turn Initiation: Super snappy and quick and we liked turning this board but not like the Custom X. It’s just not that springy turner that the Custom X is but it’s not bad.
Turning Experience: Really good for hybrid rocker but it’s missing that standard camber Custom X magic that feels like it’s setting you up for your next turn.
Skidded Turns: Very easy to skid turns and it’s got a very forgiving ride for how stiff it is. If you want a board that is stiff but also forgiving this could work.
Carving: The Burton Custom X Flying V is not the Custom X Camber by any means. You don’t buy this to carve but it can carve ok in good snow. The Hybrid rocker is a bit too washy for those that really like to commit and the spring out of the turn isn’t the same.
Speed: It didn’t feel like a good board for bombing but it’s ok if the snow is good. The board felt a little too chattery compared to the Custom X but good compared to other Flying V boards in their line. Still don’t get this if you like to bomb. Get the custom X
Uneven Terrain: Pretty easy in the messy patches we encountered and it’s good for all day resort riding.
Powder: Here is where The Burton Custom X Flying V shines and it’s an easy floating board. We feel that if like the Custom X camber but want it to float like a champ in directional powder riding then here you go. Now the 2018 Burton Custom X Flying has a bigger shovel nose but half the set back on side cut than the 2017 model so it’s kind of a wash but the 2017 is probably a better board in powder than the 2018. We didn’t get to measure the set back on board for the 2017 vs. the 2018 so it’s hard to say for sure if it’s the same. Most likely it’s 1/2″ or more less set back which could mean less float.
Switch: A little better than the Custom X but still not the board you want to get if you spend a lot of time riding switch. The 2018 though is esasier than the 2017 when it comes to switch riding.
Jibbing: The The Burton Custom X Flying V is easy and forgiving to ride but it’s still stiff and the kind of board that would bonk you hitting harder jibs.
Pipe: Would rather be in the pipe with the Custom X but this flying v version is forgiving though.
Jumps: Nice and poppy and very easy to get some air from. Even though its directional and set back it can still land switch rather well
So it was hard to find a lot for me to say about the Burton Custom X Flying V. It’s a fun board but it’s just limited to good snow and not much like the original Custom X. Burton’s getting so much right with their freeride to powder boards like the Flight Attendant, Branch Manager and other boards like that I think Peandr an I expected some sort of hybrid camber take with a longer nose on the Custom X instead.
2017 Burton Custom X Flying V Review