|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||10-12|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Light|
|On Snow Feel|
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Burton Fish 2018 - 2010 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton Fish has been around for many years and it’s a great board for those more on the mid/wide side that want something dedicated for the deep stuff. It’s the kind of board you put away when the powder is gone but it’s a great ride when it dumps.
Set Up: Set pretty far back approximately 23″ wide 18 front -6 back
Approximate Weight: Feels like it’s on the light side of normal but all boards aren’t consistent when it comes to weight.
Flex: Seems medium-ish. It’s snappy and semi-playful but doesn’t feel like too much of a butter board. It’s easier than you would think to butter and it’s great for a powder wheelie off the tail.
Sizing: For a size 9 boot the 156 is just too much board for me. I would have been much happier if they had the 151 for demo instead. I would not want to own the 156 for my specs. I felt like I just couldn’t manage to ride it like it was meant to be ridden.
On Snow Feel: Burton use to call this S-Rocker but now they call it Directional Flat Top which is much more appropriate and goes much more in line with what we call flat to rocker. That means it tracks well when one footing off the chair or going down a long flat cat track.
Edge Hold: Like most Burton Flat-To Rocker it’s not that good if you have to get through a hard patch at the top of a windblown peak to get to the hard stuff. It really let’s go when the snow starts bordering on medium to hard.
Turn Initiation: Edge to edge transitioning is pretty easy for a mid-wide board but the Burton Fish doesn’t feel fast with my size 9 boots. It shows that even a turny sidecut can be slow if you got the wrong boot powering it. If you have more of a mid/wide boot it will be very quick and fun for darting in and out of tight tree runs. However, if you have boots like mine I’d say the turn initiation would be medium bordering on med/fast so it’s not going to blow your mind if you don’t match the specs it’s designed for.
Turning Experience: Not that great for those that like springy turns. It’s all about planning on top of powder as opposed to making all kinds of turns on groomers.
Carving: The Burton Fish is not bad on a carve but it’s boring compared to Burtons Directional Camber Rides. It’s doable but there just isn’t much spring out of the turn compared to all of the other Directional Camber Family Tree boards.
Skidded Turns: Very forgiving and easy to skid a turn. You don’t want to skid turns on this and it’s mainly for advanced to expert riders that can turn well off the tail in powder but you can skid out no problem if you need to.
Speed: The Burton Fish is fast enough for powder riding and I don’t think anything needs to be changed.
Uneven Terrain: If you match it with the right boot size the fish can weave in and out of moguls rather well. For me riding the 156, I’d pass. It did not inspire me to jam through some bumps on the way to a powder stash. Maybe the 151 would be the better call.
Powder: The Burton Fish turns powder riding into a cruisey way to surf powder. If you surfed a fish here you go. Most of the board will sit pretty high above the snow and really make it hard to sink. For us smaller boot riders like Peter and I we would prefer to ride the larger volume of Panhandler 152 a little better but I think we could make the 151 Burton Fish easily work for us too. This is more geared for a mid/wide footed rider too so for me being a size 9 boot the 156 will feel pretty slow edge to edge. However, as you get past the 10+ range this will start to shine as a tree surfer. This short fatty has been around for a while now and a lot of people like it.
Buttering: I thought it would be easier to butter off the tail than it was but it’s still doable.
Jumps: There is some snap off the tail and it’s good for flat to rocker but I’d prefer the snap of boards like the Skeleton Key all day over the Fish. I wish they re-introduced some new form of directional flying V like they had with the Burton Barracuda because a little camber in the tail would be pretty fun.
Bottom line is if you want a super surfy slashy pow board for a mid/wide foot this isn’t a bad choice.
Burton Fish Past Reviews
The 2012 Burton Fish hasn’t changed much from 2011 except Burton did bring back the 150cm size for smaller powder riders.
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Burton Fish User Reviews
Excellent Powder Board
I have a 2007 version of this board in a 160. I still ride it now on a full on powder day. It is brilliant - I can't recommend it enough. More smiles per mile than any other board. And when the powder has all gone and the conditions are heavy and bumpy it will still handle OK - runs on the flat easily.
We had a great season here in VT last year and rode this in pow a lot. If you want to make the most out of the deep days and have people screaming from the lift as you effortlessly surf and bang shiftys down untouched get a fish. You'll also ride all day because you don't get leg burn. And forget about ever sinking that nose. In the tight VT woods the shorter board with no tail makes a lot of sense. On groomers its ok. It ollies like crazy and has an epic slash
I loved my 148 Burton Root, then I bought my 151 Fish late February 2014. It's all I ride now. I've switched between it, my Root, and my 155 Jeremy Jones Mountain Twin a couple times for comparison, but the Fish wins every time. The Root has a softer flex and a flat top profile but a lot less edghold. The Jones is more work in the tight stuff, has a slower base, and is a lot less stable.The Fish is of course superior in pow--no more rear leg burn! The float is unreal. It just levitates over everything and zipping the tail
around in tight trees or moguls is pure joy; it's so fishy! Spins are super easy, too. And don't let anyone tell you you can't ride it switch; it rides very well switch because that big s-shaped nose is super forgiving. The s-rockered Fish is a blast in moguls and hard pack. It's stable at hypersonic speed yet is never even remotely catchy. Very confidence inspiring. There are better pure carving and park boards, certainly, but for all around slayability, I recommend the Fish. It's extraordinarily fun and secure everywhere. Most of the camber is under the rear binding and you can use this to drive the board by bearing down on your back foot. You'll carve better and go faster on groomers. In pow, just lean way back and sink the tail to control speed on the steeps--it's like having a rear brake. You can also easily move the bindings around: further back for the deepest days; further forward for hard pack. In short, the Fish is an excellent and multifaceted tool for slaying all the mountain has to offer.
not just hype
I\'ve had a couple different powder boards that I thought were good. A good friend of mine who has been riding for 20 years or so and has about 50 boards in his quiver (no joke) was swearing by the Fish.
So I picked up a 160 and like it so much I got rid of all my other pow boards.
(A little big for her) I got my wife to give it a shot also. She liked it so much she gave me permission to buy one for her. So next time we get another storm we\'ll be trying out her new Fishcuit 150.
In my opinion, the Fish is worth spending the extra $ over the cheaper pow boards. Buy once and buy right, you will spend more $ in the long run buying twice.
Sory, but s-camber was introduced in 2009. Tank you