The Burton Flight Attendant takes a little of what they did with the Dump Truck, reduced the taper, set back and it give’s it a more of a double ender feel. It makes it a fun groomer carver/bomber and a powder friendly Freeride board that has a strong All Mountain Aftertaste. Not much has changed from 2015-2018 but the review has been updated to keep comparisons current. The only real change is there are a lot more sizes for 2017-2018 and there is a new top sheet for 2018 that is more eco-friendly. No real change to the ride though. Even though it got edged out by the Gnu Mulair as a favorite it’s still a very recommendable well liked board by our crew.
2015-2018 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard Review
Conditions: soft snow with soft and light day or 2 old CO powder… well soft and light for us. 2′ + of thick Sierra Powder and lot’s of grroomer days with hard to soft snow.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Jack and a few others
Boots: Burton SLX, Burton AMB, Burton Imperial, Salomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD, Burton Ion, Nike Zoom Ites, Nike Lunarendore,
Bindings: Union Atlas, Burton Cartel, Burton Genesis, Burton Genesis X, Burton Diode, Union T.Rice, Now Drive,
Set Up: A little bit set back and centered, 23” wide 18 front 0 back, 22.5″ iwde 15 front -6 back
Approximate Weight: 159 weighed 6.4lbs
On Snow Feel: The camber of the Burton Flight Attendant goes from the tail to about the tree logo after the binding inserts. Then there is a little early rise rocker before the nose. There is also a higher camber arc going on here than most hybrid camber rides out there and even some true camber boards. The ride here is like a camber board until you get into powder and then the rocker and that massive shovel nose overpowers the camber in the ride to make it float pretty well. It feels almost like a double ender instead of a tapered directional board but the more you sett it back the more it feels like a tapered board. It’s got a special double ender carvy springy fun to turn feel on groomers but it can also get surfy when set back in the powder. It’s an amazing groomer board that can also do very well when it comes to direcitonal powder riding which makes this a freeride board that many will really like. The one thing I’d say is it’s not for the intermediate rider or even the non technical advanced rider. It’s for those that know how to turn really well and if you are that type of rider then you will be pretty stoked.
Powder: We had a few powder days now and it’s a great board for directional float. Even in thicker left over powder and not that set back in the trees it’s big shovel nose floated well. Setting it all the way back in deeper snow it floated really well and although it’s not as good as some directional boards it really floats well and surfs up snow like a performance short board for overhead waves. It’s fine turning in tight spots and trees although it’s not super quick. Most will be just fine with this. It’s a nice balance between a board that can straight line and a board that can slash through trees. Also the camber all the way to the tail will help you pop really well off natural features. The set back on side cut with the 159 is -35mm or almost 1.25″ but the set back on board when set all the way back at a 23″ stance width it’s more like -6.25 inches. That being said the Burton Flight Attendant is still pretty good. If you don’t have EST bindings you might be able to set it back even further.
Turn Initiation: It’s got that magical springy edge to edge feel like the Burton Custom X but doesn’t feel as aggressive. It’s pretty quick edge to edge but not snappy quick. It’s more fun making medium to wide turns and of course it just owns it on a carve. It’s the kind of board that allows you to relish every turn and it feels like it has some special magic that helps to set you up for the next turn. If you know how to properly turn a board then the Burton Flight Attendant will definitely reward you with a super fun springy turn that feels like it’s setting you up for the next one. Usually riding around the mountain and just making all kinds of good turns can get a little boring but the Flight Attendant it’s not. I was having so much fun turning the board I almost forgot to test other aspects of the ride.
Skidded Turns: Not a board for those who skid their turns and it still has a bit more of a technical camber feel to it.
Carving: If you live to make all kind of turns and especially carve when it’s not dumping then you have one of the best directional groomer boards we have recently encountered. It’s really fun to lay it out over the snow and really get into it.
Speed: Very fast and stable. The Burton Flight Attendant base is fast and has a good glide to it. Also it’s got a very chatter free ride when you get some speed going.
Uneven Terrain: This is a chunder buster so it’s got a great feel when bombing through tracked out powder. It doesn’t bounce you around at all and it can also help you get around rutted up mogul type of snow well too.
Edge Hold: We didn’t see much ice or hard snow. It was mainly perfect soft snow with left over powder but there were a few scraped away parts on the groomers that gave us a little taste. It seems to hold an edge well enough to handle med/hard snow to maybe even hard snow. The edge hold doesn’t feel bottomless but it’s good enough for riding in most conditions.
Flex: Not quite the buttery board tip to tail but if you are strong you can butter off the tail. The rocker in the nose makes it easier. The flex is medium/stiff to us and provides a pretty aggressive feel.
Switch: Now their is some side cut tech going on in the Burton Flight Attendant that makes a tapered board ride better switch than you would think and I was impressed with the Flight Attendants switch ability. It’s not going to blow your mind if you come from riding a twin but if you come from a tapered board with similar specs to the Flight Attendant it will be better than you thought. You can still feel that big ass nose dragging behind you riding switch but it’s doable for sure.
Jibbing: No jibbing with this board.
Pipe: We didn’t hit the pipe with this but it wouldn’t be bad at all if you wanted to do some directional pipe riding.
Jumps: There is a lot of camber and pop with this board and it’s got a springy feel to it that pops well on an Ollie. It’s the kind of board that is about as good as you can get when it comes to directional air. It’s all about a method off a cliff instead of a 180 in the park but what a method it will be. It’s not forgiving but it sure does pop.
All in all this was a board we found to be a very good ride. It was a favorite for many years and only recently got beat out by the Gnu Mullair on a head to head test. It’s still a very recommendable board but if you have the choice between these two you know what our choice would be.