|Overall Rating||Loved it!|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Burton Flight Attendant 2019 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton Flight Attendant takes a tapered directional board and gives it 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 2015-2019 but the review has been updated to keep comparisons current. The only real change is there are a lot more sizes for 2017-2019, they can handle a little more weight, and there is a new top sheet for 2018-2019 that is more eco-friendly. It’s a board I recently rode again after a little hiatus it and it really brought my love back. I’m hoping to have back in my quiver this year (even more updated review coming first snow) and it’s a great one board quiver ride for those riders that favor directional riding a little more.
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2015-2019 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard Review
Conditions: soft snow with a soft and light day or 2 old CO powder… well soft and light for us. 2′ + of thick Sierra Powder and lot’s of groomer days with hard to soft snow.
Riders: James, Peter, Jimbo, Jack and a few others
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV, 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: Just a little wide of the reference stance, 22.5″ wide 15 front -9 back. A little bit set back and centered 23” wide 18 front 0 back, 22.5″ wide 15 front -6 back
Approximate Weight: 159 weighed 6.4lbs
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.
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. So it’s got a pretty locked in feel. The ride here is almost like that totally locked in feel of camber except it’s not quite as catchy thanks to the bit of early rise in the nose. This “Balanced Freeride Geometry” seems to help make the ride feel more like a double ender than you would think for this amount of taper and it’s not as washy off the tail when turning. It’s an amazing groomer board that can also do very well when it comes to directional 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 leftover powder and not that set back in the trees, the Burton Flight Attendant floated very well. Setting it all the way back into the deeper snow close to 2.5 feet, it didn’t feel like it was maxing out yet. It’s pretty quick turning in tight spots and tree runs but it’s not super quick. Most will be just fine with this. It’s a nice balance between a board that can carve really well 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 sidecut with the 159 is -35mm or almost 1.25″ on sidecut. However, set all the way back at a 23″ stance width the difference between nose and tail is very close to -6.25 inches and the setback on board is -3.125″. That’s pretty good set back on board and if you combine that with the little bit of early rise rocker and the tapered tail it really seems to help fight all that camber from sending you cartwheeling if you commit too much to that front foot in the deep stuff.
Turn Initiation: It’s pretty quick edge to edge but not super quick. It’s the kind of board I’m super comfortable riding through trees and tight spots or to just have a board that drives from edge to edge when you want it to.
Skidded Turns: Not an easy board to skid turns with and it could make turning slow and hard to do.
Turning Experience: It’s got that magical springy edge to edge feel like the Burton Custom X and it’s super fun to turn. The Burton Flight Attendant can drive a little more off the front foot than many boards with this much taper can and it makes it more versatile than many freeride boards when it comes to turning styles. Still, it really shines with a little more weight on the back foot when it comes to turning and it’s really springy from edge to edge. It seems like it’s programmed to help set you up for your next turn and it’s a very cool feeling.
Carving: If the snow isn’t too hard the Burton Flight Attendant is an incredible carver. It’s got soo much camber from the back foot to a good bit past the front binding that it springs out of a carve better than most full camber boards.
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 rather well but not perfectly. It’s a stiffer board compared to most out there these days so it will take more work than some at the end of a crowded Saturday.
Edge Hold: The Burton Flight Attendant feels like it has great grip in medium to softer snow but as it starts to go from Medium to hard you feel it let go pretty quickly compared to many freeride boards out there with more going on with the sidecut. If you ride in places that often have hard to icy snow you might want to look for another board. Even after an edge tune by a guy who’s been doing this for 20+ years it helped but still didn’t have the grip I was hoping for on those harder days.
Switch: Now there is some sidecut 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: As long as the pipe isn’t too hard I had a great time carving pipe walls with this.
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 but it can land switch very well for it’s shape.
All in all, this was a board we found to be a great ride.
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After trying this board and many others out at SIA, I decided I was gonna buy either this guy, or the Yes PYL. Since the PYL was sold out everywhere, I end up getting the Flight Attendant 156, and gosh... So glad I did.
(A little background story on how I end up with this board)
I owned a Jones Flagship and still own the Ultra Aviator, and after 2 separate trips to colorado, each one taking one board I just wasn't happy with what I had. The Flasghip was great in pow, but the conditions for that board always needed to be ideal, and like James says, that board hates uneven snow and it makes your life super hard towards the end of the day when everything is tracked out. Quick turns on low speeds was also somewhat difficult (had a hard time on tight trees with it) so I had to let it go... The Ultra Aviator was nice, fast base, good edge hold, but the edge to edge response was just OK due to the board's waist width.
The Flight Attendant gave me everything I was looking for that neither of the Jones boards did. It was just good at everything while the jones were great at some things, but left you wanting a little more versatility. The Flight Attendant it's super quick edge to edge... super! Tree runs with this board is a blast, it responds so well, the float is phenomenal, and the carving... OMG! Let's talk about having a trampoline under your feet at the end of each turn! This board is a propeller, it accelerates after every carve -- if you know how to turn properly -- like a hard boot alpine racing board would, but it is also great for everything else (unless you're crazy about rails, jibbing etc). Jumps on this is a blast, the landing is always stomped, stable... it makes you feel confident, happy, like you're a much better rider than what you actually are... I could not recommend this enough, this could be a one board solution for those who are traveling and can only take one board. This will always make you happy, unless you want a super soft jibber, but again... if you're that guy, you're probably not reading this right now. Speed, float, action! Flight Attendant FTW!
All Good In Vermont
Rode the 15/16 Flight Attendant 162 on your typical January Vermont surface … think plaster display-model ice cream cake. Setup: ’15 Genesis bindings, ’14 Imperial boots.
The flight Attendant carved it up like Thanksgiving turkey. You can get low & lean hard on this board. Held the edges nicely, very fast edge to edge. Nice & damp through the chunder and well-mannered at speed. When you hit the brakes it’s like hockey skates. I was riding a ’13 Barracuda until I bought this board. Might like the Barracuda more for powder days, but the Flight Attendant is more fun on the average day in Vermont.
Thanks for my choice guys!
Bought this board with Diods and ION's before a vacation 2 weeks ago.
Had powder days (oh this surfing..), freeride in forest, fast early grooming in sunny days - and it's just perfect in all conditions..
Thanks guys for my choice!