he 1The 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.
Conditions: Pretty wet but way better than we thought it would be.
Riders: James, Jimbo, Tim, Peter,
Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV
Bindings: Burton Genesis
Some Recommended Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Burton Imperial, Burton Ion,
Recommended Bindings: Burton Genesis X, Burton Cartel, Union Force, Union Atlas
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: It feels stiff and mean.
Sizing: The 158 felt like the right size for Peter and I with size 8.5 and 9. Tim and Jimbo would be much better off with the 160w or even 163w their 11 something boots. 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: Felt mean and straight liney. The Burton Free Thinker seemed like it would have a lot of the magic from the Flight Attendant that we had as a favorite for many years but it didn’t feel that way for us. We felt like this board is stiff and unfriendly for the conditions we rode it. 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 foots off the chair well 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.
Turn Initiation: Very quick edge to edge and it get’s 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.
Carving: The Burton Free Thinker is not a real circle carver. It’s best to plan a carve across the run instead of laying out hard nipple scratching circle carves.
Skidded Turns: The Burton Free Thinker can catch on the tail like a camber board but not on the flat to rockered nose.
Speed: It’s fast and bomby. It wants to straight line and make long narrow s-turns at high speed.
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.
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.
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 or Kilroy Custom.