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Burton Flight Attendant 2015-2020 Snowboard Review

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Riding Style Freeride
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12
Manufactured in Austria
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Directional Camber
Stance Setback over 20mm
Approx. Weight Feels Normal
Split No
Powder Good
Base Glide
Carving Great
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Good
Jumps Good
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Good
On Snow Feel

Locked In

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Skidded Turns

Hard

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Buttering

Hard

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Burton Flight Attendant 2020 - 2015 Review by The Good Ride

The Burton Flight Attendant tapered directional board that has more of a double-ender feel on groomers but then acts like it’s shaped in powder. This is a great call for those that want a freeride board with an all-mountain after taste that can carve really well and launch.

Not much has changed from the 2020 Burton Flight Attendant to the 2019 so the old review still stands.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  We do make money from the “Where To Buy” links, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

2015-2020 Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard Review

Here are the major changes from 2017 vs. 2019 and 2020:

  1. they can handle a little more weight which is great for bigger riders and not much of a difference for the middle weights.
  2. There is a new top sheet for 2018-2020 models that is more eco-friendly.
  3. There are more size options.

Size: 159 (2015) and 159 (2019)           
Days: 20+
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 ADVBurton SLX, Burton AMB, Burton ImperialSalomon F3.0, Burton Fiend LTD,  Burton Ion, Nike Zoom ItesNike Lunarendore,
Bindings: Union AtlasBurton Cartel, Burton Genesis, Burton Genesis XBurton DiodeUnion T.RiceNow 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. 22″ wide 18 front -3 back, Centered and set all the way back.

 

Approximate Weight: 159 weighed 6.4lbs but weights vary so yours might not weight the same.

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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