List Price US $599
Burton Daily Driver 2021 Snowboard Review

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Overall Rating
Riding Style Freeride
Riding Level Intermediate - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in Austria
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Directional Camber
Stance Setback over 20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Powder Good
Turning Experience Great
Carving Great
Speed Good
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Good
Jumps Great
Jibbing Good
Pipe Good
On Snow Feel

Stable

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Skidded Turns

Semi-Easy

Flex

Medium

Buttering

Semi-Easy

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Burton Daily Driver 2021 Review by The Good Ride

Burton Daily Driver Snowboard Video Review Fast Forward Markers

0:00 – Intro 0:24 – Summary 1:00 – Sizing 1:27 – Camber/On Snow Feel 2:51 – Flex/Butterability/Pop/Air 4:07 – Speed/Dampness 4:39 – Uneven Terrain 5:08 – Edge Hold 5:35 – Turning/Carving 6:55 – Powder 7:26 – Switch/Freestyle/Park 7:58 – A Peter and Jimbo Conclusion 8:14 – Outakes/Jimbo Slow 8:38- About Our Reviews

Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Super buttery/playful/forgiving for a tapered directional ride.
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Not the best edge hold in hard snow.

Summary

The Burton Daily Driver takes a pretty mellow flex and puts it into a tapered directional shape that lives up to its name in all but hard snow.  It is a hard board to define. You could call it all mountain, mountain freestyle or mellow freeride and you would all be right.  It blends well with a wide variety of riding styles.

We rode a demo model early last season They changed the color of the base for production but we aren’t sure if anything else changed. 

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews and this is our unfiltered opinion. 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.

Burton Daily Driver 2021 Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for

Burton Daily Driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How This Review Happened: We borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back. 1 day demo. We had a few laps at a demo. We liked it so much we asked to keep it (we only do this with our favorites).  After a demo, we liked it so much we bought it.  We spent our precious Good Ride dollars to buy this and review it.
Size: 155
Days: 1
Conditions: Some hard old mid winter snow with some softer rideable patches.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, F.I.T. Gamechangers, F.I.T. Gameghangers LP
Bindings:  Burton Cartel X

Similar Boards (but not the same)Never Summer West Bound, Burton Hometown Hero, Lib Tech Lost Quiver Killer, Burton 3D Kilroy Camber

Set-Up: 21.5” Wide.  18 front -9 back. Close to Reference

Approximate Weight:

The Burton Daily Driver feels pretty normal. Not super light but not super heavy. (We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores there is no consistency in a boards weight)

Sizing

Here are some ideal US boot sizes for the Burton Daily Drivers. You can of course go bigger or smaller but these work best for not turning the board slower than it should be and not having the dreaded Toe & Heel Drag.
155: 8.5-9.5
159: 9.5-10.5

Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level

Burton Daily Driver Camber Nose
Burton Daily Driver Camber Nose
Burton Daily Driver Camber tail
Burton Daily Driver Camber tail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Burton Daily Driver is tapered and directional but just doesn’t feel as tapered as the specs say on snow. The Directional Camber profile with the lifted sides after the camber ends makes the board pretty stable and forgiving but it doesn’t have that edgeless washy feel that a lot of boards have with lifted tech before the camber ends. Other than a little less edge hold than you would expect in harder snow the Burton Daily Driver has a very consistent feel underfoot in all conditions.

Flex/Pop/Buttering

So the Burton Daily Driver has a medium/stiff flex between the feet going to medium to medium soft in the tip/tail. It makes for a really buttery ride for a Family Tree board. Most Family Tree boards are variations of medium stiff to stiff throughout the board so this is really cool. Lots of pop happening here.

Speed

The Burton Daily Driver is not quite there with boards like the Flight Attendant or Hometown Hero but it can handle some speed for sure. The base on our demo model was pretty beat up but based on our experience with this same base on other boards it has really good glide.

Uneven Terrain

Such a great board for all day riding. Burton just does cool things with their core and overall construction to make a board really poppy but still able to absorb micro bumpy snow and all kinds of uneven terrain. It’s great for dealing with all kinds of messy snow at slow to moderate speeds. Its only weakness is hammering over chunder at really high speeds. That is where the Flight Attendant or Hometown Hero will do better.

Edge Hold

This is one place we would like more from the Burton Daily Driver. Like many Burton boards, it just doesn’t bite into harder snow like so many other boards we ride with very mellow to moderate sidecut disruption. If you can work your edges with a twist to get it to grip more and don’t like disrupted sidecuts this will be fine. We prefer the extra confidence we get from extra disruption in the sidecut. Especially when we hit an unexpected hard patch.

Turn Initiation

Pretty medium to medium quick edge to edge. It has a really smooth transition that likes all kinds of turns.

Turning Experience/Carving

There is some pretty good spring out of a turn for how the Burton Daily Driver feels when you butter. Its so playful you would think it would shit the bed on a carve but it doesn’t. It’s pretty satisfying as long as the snow is soft.

Powder

We didn’t get any powder but it looks like there is decent set back on board. The 10mm of taper and the early rise in the nose should make it float pretty well. We love lifted sides in the nose in powder with other boards so this should help the board turn easier in powder as well and it might help the float too. I bought one so we’ll see.

Switch/Park

Great for a tapered directional ride. Burton has some secret sauce going on in their sidecut tech with tapered boards. They just don’t feel as tapered as the specs say. You feel only a little taper and just a longer nose than tail when riding switch. This seems like the only jib friendly Family Tree board and it also seems like a fun board for jumps and soft pipe. If you want something more park oriented and closer to a twin the Burton 3D Kilroy Camber will do the trick.

Conclusion

We all really liked this mix of a tapered directional shape with a buttery mountain freestyle flex with lifted sides. It is a great call for those that want something more mellow than the Flight Attendant and Hometown Hero or something more directional and forgiving than the Burton Custom Camber.

 
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