List Price US $749
Burton Custom X Flying V 2017-2020 Snowboard Review

Follow us on Facebook & Instagram

Riding Style All Mountain
Riding Level Intermediate - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10
Manufactured in China
Shape Directional
Camber Profile Hybrid Rocker
Stance Setback -12.5mm
Approx. Weight Feels Light
Split No
Powder Average
Base Glide
Carving Average
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Good
Jumps Good
Jibbing Average
Pipe Good
On Snow Feel

Semi-Stable

Turn Initiation

Fast

Skidded Turns

Semi-Easy

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Buttering

Moderate

Edge Hold

Medium/Soft Snow

Burton Custom X Flying V 2020 - 2017 Review by The Good Ride

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 like many hybrid rocker Burton boards, it fell apart in harder snow.  The 2018-2020 Burton Custom X Flying V has been reshaped with a slightly wider width, more twin-like shape, blunted nose and less set back than before. It used to have a very different shape compared to the Custom Flying V but now has the same exact specs and it seems that the only difference now between the two boards is the stiffer flex along with a better core.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

2018-2020 Burton Custom X Flying V Review

So not much has changed in terms of design from 2018-2020 so the old review still stands. The only thing that changed is Burton isn’t offering wider sizes anymore.  I did update the review to elaborate a bit more on how it rides.

Size: 158
Days:  2
Conditions: Day 1- really good CO snow with some powder but also a hard block of snowment underneath. Day 2- Pretty soft wet PNW snow at Mt. Bachelor.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), and Tim
Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV,  Burton SLXNike Lunarendore
Bindings: Burton Genesis X both times
Set Up:  Closer to reference 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. Wood weight varies from board to board so who’s to say how yours will feel.

Flex/Buttering: Stiff but surprisingly easy to butter for this med/stiff flex. Jimbo had zero issues buttering this but even Peter and I could do it.  If this was camber we would not have been able to do so but the pre-bent middle really makes it easier.

Sizing: The 158 felt pretty good for Peter and I but now that the waist width is a little wider the 156 might of been even better for our specs.  Before it would have been the 158 or 160 for us but now the little bit of extra width seems to work better a little shorter.  For Tim and Jimbo, they would have liked wider. Jimbo would like the 158w and Tim, being much heavier would have liked the 162w.  Unfortunately, both Tim and Jimbo are out of luck for 2019 as they don’t make wides.

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. One footing and flat basing aren’t super easy and the board can start to spin on you if you aren’t always on edge. It’s got a very spinny playfully poppy feel to it for how stiff it is. It feels a touch more stable underfoot but it’s still very similar to the older model.

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. It’s not a board we would recommend for people who see hard to icy snow and it completely drained your confidence in hard snow.

Turn Initiation: Super quick edge to edge and it’s even fast if you are an intermediate rider.  It can even skid turns pretty quick making it forgivingly quick.

Turning Experience: Really good for hybrid rocker but it’s missing that springy magic that the Custom X has.  The Burton Custom X Flying V is not a bad turner though but if you rode the camber version you will be massively disappointed. If you expect it to be a little better than the Custom Flying V then you are good though.

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 outperforms the Custom X Camber. Now the 2018-2019 Burton Custom X Flying V has a bigger shovel nose but half the set back on sidecut than the 2017 model so it is possible it could be a wash. We didn’t get to measure the set back on board so it’s hard to say for sure if it’s the same. Most likely it is at least 1/2″ less of a setback on board than before which could mean less directional float. There is also a little more surface area than before so maybe that will help even it out.

Switch: The 2018-2019 Custom X is easier than 2017 and past models when it comes to riding switch/fakie. It used to be a much more directional board but now it shares the almost twin shape of the regular Custom Flying V.

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. The pipe just needs to be soft for us to get the courage to go in.

Jumps: Nice and poppy and very easy to get some air from. The new more twin-like shape can still land switch rather well. We all liked how this could Ollie without having to have that old-school camber strength to make it do so. One thing Burton almost always does right is pop and this is one of the best of the Flying V boards in Burton’s line when it comes to getting air.

So the Custom X Flying V is a fun board as long as it’s in soft snow and as long as you don’t expect it to be anything like the camber Custom X you are good. It feels like you need to fork out enough cash to buy the Custom X and Custom X to have a more complete ride.  To us, we feel boards like the Flight Attendant would be a better call if you want great float in powder but also a strong springy turning experience like the Custom X. I’d get this if you like the forgiving easy feel of the Custom Flying V but just want a little stiffer flex.

 
Burton Custom X Flying V Past Reviews

2017 Burton Custom X Flying V Review

 

 

 
Burton Custom X Flying V Specs

 
Burton Custom X Flying V Images

We try to get as many images of the Burton Custom X Flying V, but forgive us if they're not all there.

2020

2019

2018

2017

 
Burton Company Information

Burton Custom X Flying V User Reviews

Submit your review
1
2
3
4
5
Submit
     
Cancel

Create your own review

If you can't buy through the links above, you can support the site with: