|Overall Rating||Pretty Good|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Burton Deep Thinker 2019 - 2018 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton Deep Thinker to us felt like a stiffer more aggressive less tapered version of the Flight Attendant. We had this in some pretty uneven soft snow but all of us preferred the Flight Attendant better when it comes to an all conditions ride. However, if you are looking for something a little more aggressive than the Flight Attendant we could see how you might like this.
Nothing really changed from the 2018-2019 Burton Deep Thinker but the review has been updated to reflect our take on it compared to what’s out in 2019.
Conditions: Pretty wet but way better than we thought it would be.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Tim
Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings: Burton Genesis
Some Recommended Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Burton Ion and maybe the Burton Step On Ion or Photon
Recommended Bindings: Burton Genesis X, Burton Cartel, Union Force, Union Atlas, Union Strata
Approximate Weight: Felt pretty normal-ish. Here’s the thing, most snowboards don’t vary too much when it comes to weight and on top of that they aren’t consistent in weight from board to board.
Flex/Buttering: It feels stiff and doesn’t like to fuck about. It’s not an easy board to butter. .
Sizing: The 158 Deep Thinker felt like the right size for Peter and me with size 8.5 and 9. Jimbo would be much better off with the 157w and Tim the 163w their 11 something boots, size and weight. All the regular size boards feel like 10 and under would be best. Maybe 10.5 with a reduced footprint but anyone 11 and up it’s all about the wides.
On Snow Feel: Pretty locked in, aggressive and straightliney. The Burton Free Thinker seemed like it would have a lot of the magic from the Flight Attendant that we have loved for many years but it didn’t feel that way for us. We felt like this board becomes stiff and unfriendly in uneven soft snow but shines in the good high-speed snow. It’s like many of the Family Tree directional camber rides we tried when it comes to feeling semi-locked in though and it’s the kind of board that one foot’s off the chair and tracks down a long cat track well.
Edge Hold: Felt pretty good but we didn’t really get to test it in hard snow. We only had a few patches. Generally, our experience with Directional Camber boards like this from Burton (we rode a lot too) is they will do pretty well until it starts getting medium hard and by the time it’s hard, the edge is completely letting go.
Turn Initiation: Very quick edge to edge and it get’s you there almost exactly when you want it. It’s very quick rolling from edge to edge but once you are there it doesn’t want to keep bank hard right or left at the speed it started.
Turning Experience: Nothing really lit us up with the Burton Free Thinker when it came to turning. It was good but not really what we love when it comes to this directional camber profile and tapered directional shape. It’s not that washy off the tail and it’s got less taper than the Burton Flight Attendant. I think with a little time on some good groomers we might get up enough speed to make this board shine on a series of long drawn out S-Turns but have yet to do so. A good friend of The Good Ride owns one of these and said something to this extent.
Carving: The Burton Free Thinker is not a real circle carver but it can for sure carve hard. It really likes a wider radius carve and it’s got lots of camber off the back foot to spring out of the carve with. It just takes a lot of strength to make it happen.
Skidded Turns: The Burton Free Thinker can catch on the tail like a camber board but not on the flat to the rockered nose. Overall it’s not for intermediate riders or anyone that can’t stay on their game when turning.
Speed: The Burton Free Thinker is fast and bombs. It wants to straight line and make long narrow S-Turns at high speed. If you want more from the Flight Attendant then this might work.
Uneven Terrain: Really uncomfortable in the messy snow even with really shock absorbent Burton Genesis bindings.
Powder: So we didn’t get powder but based on its specs it seems like it would perform very close to the Burton Flight Attendant which is a great power board.
Buttering: Nah…pretty stiff for most of us except the butter strong Jimbo.
Switch: It’s ok but better to ride the Free Thinker for that. Still, it’s better than you would think for a tapered directional board and
Jibbing: nope…..not a good idea.
Pipe: We didn’t ride pipe that day but it seems like it wouldn’t be bad for those that like to go big in a directional way.
Jumps: It’s got pop but it requires a strong rider to make it do so. If you aren’t feeling strong it can feel a bit planky and a bit dead but if you put alot into the Burton Free Thinker it can give a lot back.
Overall we had high hopes with the Burton Deep Thinker and really wanted to like it. However, in the conditions we rode it there just wasn’t a lot of love compared to the other boards from Burton we rode that day. We think some could really like this but most would probably be happier with the Flight Attendant.
Burton Deep Thinker Past Reviews
What we said in 2018:
The Burton Deep Thinker to us felt like a stiffer more aggressive less tapered version of the Flight Attendant. We all loved its looks and specs so we had high hopes for this ride but it really didn’t shine in the conditions we rode it. We all prefer the Flight Attendant or the Custom Kilroy much better.
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