• Can Turn & Straight Line
  • Solid spring/pop
  • Solid Big Mtn Board


  • Slow Base
  • Edge Hold Behind Some Peers


The Burton Flight Attendant is a board I’ve ridden many years. It doesn’t have a fast base for this price and doesn’t grip as much as some peers but has an amazing flex personality and is a pretty versatile ride.

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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 Good
Carving Great
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Good
Jumps Good
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Good
On Snow Feel

Locked In

Turn Initiation


Skidded Turns






Edge Hold

Medium Snow

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A Breakdown Of How The Burton Flight Attendant Rides Review by The Good Ride

Burton Flight Attendant Review - The Good Ride

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How This Review Happened:

Borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.
Size: 162
Days: 2
Conditions: Decent pow and pretty good groomers.
 James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs)
Boots: Ride Deadbolt, Ride Fuse, Ride Torrent
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers
Bindings: Union Atlas
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom Guide Jacket, Burton Gore-Tex 3L Treeline Jacket, Jones Peak Bagger Jacket. Burton AK Helitak Gore-Tex Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant, Burton Gore-Tex Ballast Pant
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Clutch Mitt, Burton AK Clutch Glove, Burton AK Tech Leather Glove, CG Habitats Work Glove, Drop Tahoma Mitt,

Similar Boards (but not the same): Yes Pick Your Line, YES PYL Uninc, Jones Flagship, Weston Backwoods, Season Nexus, Burton Cartographer

James’s Set Up: 21.5” Wide. Sance Angles +18/-3 in pow. +18/-9 on groomers. Close to Reference on groomers and Set all the way back in powder.

How It Was Tested

I compared it against the Burton Power Wagon, Gril Master, and Jones Frontier.

Approximate Weight

Feels pretty normal for a 162. (We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores, there is no consistency in a board weight)


The 162 was just a little too big and stiff for me. It was hard to turn in the trees, and I felt outmatched for my size 9 boots and 185lbs. Being only 5 lbs over the recommended minimum weight, the Flight Attendant felt stiffer than its recommended flex and, therefore, hard for me to access its normally quick turn initiation. The 159 or 156 would have been a better fit for my specs. 159 for a little more speed/carving power for more of a freeride personality. 156 for more control and more of an all-mountain/do-anything personality. If you are my specs, I like to go fast and don’t see tight spots/uneven terrain. Maybe the 162, but it’s a lot of board.

Here are some ideal US boot sizes for these boards. You can, of course, go bigger or smaller depending on your riding style and boot’s footprint, but these work best for not turning the board slower than it should be and not having the dreaded Toe & Heel Drag.
152: 8-9 (130-180lbs)
156: 8.5-9.5 (150-200lbs)
159: 9-10 (150-200lbs)
162: 10-11 (180-260lbs)
168: 11-12 (180-260lbs)
156w: 10.5-11.5 (150-200lbs)
159w: 11-12 (150-200lbs)
162w: 11.5-12.5 (180-260lbs)

For weight, I would stay close to the Brands’ recommended weight ranges. If it comes down to boot size or weight, I would make sure it fits your boot first and then your weight a close second. Burton also has huge bumps in recommended weight between sizes. If you are on the lower end of the recommended weight, the board will feel much stiffer than rated and hard to turn.


The Burton Flight Attendant has about 10mm of taper but doesn’t feel very tapered on groomers. It has a sidecut tech that does a pretty good job of eliminating that tapered feel in the tail on groomers but then brings it back in powder where most want it. You don’t have that washy, tapered feel, which is pretty cool.

Camber/On Snow Feel

You have a good bit of camber from almost the tail to just a little before the nose. It makes for a pretty technical/locked-in feel. It’s not as bad as, say, a full camber ride like the Custom, but it’s more technical/catchy than a lot of boards with early rise. It’s best for advanced to expert riders, but a strong intermediate willing to take some lumps could have a go.

Flex Personality

The 162 felt a lot stiffer than the 159 but it’s made for a much heavier rider. The 159 has a medium stiff flex that’s a little softer in the nose. It’s easy to nose butter and ok in the tail but takes some work. The Ollie Power of the Flight Attendant, when sized right, is very good. Burton just knows how to make a board pop.

Uneven Terrain

Burton does a great job of keeping boards like the Flight Attendant poppy but not too chattery. This can handle hard uneven and soft uneven equally well.

Edge Hold

The Burton Flight Attendant doesn’t chatter in hard, uneven snow, but it doesn’t have the best grip compared to many of its peers. I’ve had exceptional tuners sharpen my edges. It helps, but it’s still not as good as many out there. On top of that, it makes the board feel much more locked in/catchy. It doesn’t grab in softer snow, though, and many who don’t like disrupted sidecuts will like this.


If you like to point it but also like to turn and don’t want an excessively stiff bomber, the Burton Flight Attendant could work for you.

Base Glide

Feels a little slow for this price. With diligent waxing, it can be good, but it’s not a super glidey base.

Turning Experience/Carving

The 162 was hard to turn and slow, but the 159 or 156 would turn just fine for me and be medium/quick. If you size it right, it would be pretty good in tight spots. When I get it on edge, there is a pretty balanced Turning Radius that can do a little of everything. On top of that, there is a really good spring out of the turn that is super satisfying. It’s a great condition carver, and it can dabble with really aggressive high-speed carves but shines at medium-speed carves.


With a 23” Stance width set all the way back, you can get 3.25” back from the center of the board if you set it all the way back. That isn’t bad and just a little below the average in the Freeride world. You have 10mm of a taper going into a bigger nose than the tail, along with some early rise. You feel that taper in the tail, and it does pretty well. It’s not the best low-angle pow board, but it really shines in medium to steep to big mountain terrain. If you want something more floaty/turny with a little surfy feel to it check out the Gril Master.


Very doable switch. The way Burton does the Flight Attendants sidecut makes it pretty easy to ride switch and it doesn’t feel as tapered/directional as it is.

Very good for big kickers and there is a lot of landing gear even set all the way back for those who like to send it off piste.


Overall, the Burton Flight Attendant has a lot of overlap with the Hometown Hero but is a very fun one-board quiver ride in everything but hard to icy snow.

Burton Flight Attendant Past Reviews

The Burton Flight Attendant tapered directional board 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 who want a freeride board with an all-mountain aftertaste that can carve really well and launch.

Update 2021: The Burton Flight Attendant hasn’t changed much since the 2019 model so this review still stands…well except for some of the boards it’s compared against in this review. 


You have arrived at the Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard Review from an average rider who has ridden a ton of boards. 

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 rider’s perspective.

A Break Down of How it Rides and Who It’s For

Here are the major changes from 2017 vs. 2019-2023 Flight Attendant:

  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 fronts -9 back. A little bit set back and centered 23” wide 18 fronts 0 back, 22.5″ wide 15 fronts -6 back. 22″ wide 18 fronts -3 back, Centered and set all the way back.

Approximate Weight

The 159 Burton Flight Attendant weighed 6.4 lbs, but boards vary in weight, so yours might not weigh the same. I actually stopped weighing boards because all boards vary in weight.


Not quite the buttery board tip to the 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.

Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel

This “Balanced Freeride Geometry” sidecut makes the Burton Flight Attendant not as washy for this amount of taper. 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 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 isn’t the intermediate rider or even the non-technical advanced rider. It’s for those that know how to turn really well. If you are that type of rider, then you will be pretty stoked.


We had a few powder days now, and it’s a great board for directional float.  The Burton Flight Attendant floated very well, even in thicker leftover powder, and not that set back in the trees. 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 to turn 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 the sidecut with the 159 is -35mm or almost 1.25″. 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 a pretty good setback 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

It’s 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, making it more versatile than many freeride boards in 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.


The Burton Flight Attendant is an incredible carver if the snow is soft. It has a lot of camber, and even with the early rise, it carves almost like full camber. The turning radius is very balanced but leans a touch on the straight-liner side.


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 snow rather well, but not perfectly. The Burton Flight Attendant is 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 it still didn’t have the grip I was hoping for on those harder days.


The balanced freeride geometry sidecut with the Burton Flight Attendant helps it ride better than you would think. The Flight Attendants switch-ability is impressive, which surprised me for this tapered board. It’s not going to blow your mind if you come from riding a twin, but if you come from a tapered board, it will be better than you thought. You can still feel that big ass nose dragging behind your riding switch, but it’s doable for sure.


No jibbing with this board.


The Burton Flight Attendant is fun in a soft pipe, but not when it’s super icy. It drives well wall to wall.


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.


The Burton Flight Attendant was a board that didn’t shine in hard snow, but we found it to be a very technical but dynamic poppy ride everywhere else.

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Burton Flight Attendant User Reviews

Burton Flight Attendant 2015-2024 Snowboard Review SKU UPC Model

Model of 2018 still rocking as new

Jan 18, 2022 by Joao
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30+ • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 1,78m, 78kg, 10 

I have the 159 version of this board from 2018 and it's still rocking as new. The base is super durable, the build quality is outstanding and it still performs as it did out of the plastic.
There are better choices for powder but if you want a 1 board quiver, this is it.
Carving is solid, speed is also solid and I can ride switch as I would ride the Custom, almost no difference whatsoever.
This board stands out for advanced or expert riders as reviewed by TGR and I wouldn't recommend this board to beginners or intermediate riders.
As usual, as per any Burton board, it sucks on icy or hard pack snow. You do have better control than most of the Burton boards out there but it's still behind comparing it to the competition. So please do not consider any negative reviews from other riders that bought this board to use it on hard or icy conditions.
I have been searching for a board to replace this one this or next year and I must say that I will probably buy the 2022 or 2023 version of this board once more because I can't find anything else that fits better my style of riding.

It's got my name on it

Feb 29, 2020 by Rutger
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Dreamy freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: Only 6 • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 195cm, 90kg, us13 

I am from Holland and this is my board. I got the 2020-167. Burton ion size 13 and rome targa XL (@james: totally agree on more setback with disc rather than the est, it makes up for (only) a little harder to adjust)
I really love how it rides especially the backcountry bottomturns and cutbacks and "groomer side railing". As well as cracking the chunder and it feels as the board is really hungry for speed at every terrain from powder (my true love) to carving (not my specialty). It likes to go high speed and get kicked ass.
Having said all that: it would be 5 stars though if it would be better on hard snow and a little wider. Can someone give me advice on the edge angle? I am thinking about taking it to 87 degrees. Hoping that will give me that edge hold which i am having a lot of trouble with. I only like the edge hold on fresh groomers with the 89 angle but thats no achievement.

Maybe not best quiver killer in the East

Feb 21, 2020 by Lou
Ability Level: Advanced • 
Riding Style: Freeride • 
Days You Ride A Year: 30+ • 
Height, Weight And Boot Size (for Boards, Boots & Bindings): 5'10, 190, Size 10 

Just bought the 2020, 159com, with Cartel EST.

Bought the demo set up at my local hill in Northern Ontario (Canada). We just got a rare one-foot dump of snow that quickly turned to chunder. I went back and forth between the FA and my ancient Rossignol board. The FA was obviously in its element. I bought it (at a pretty good price being a demo. Today I took it back out. Hard pack - ice in spots. Ugh. My old POS board with garbage bindings would handle it better. I have it set up at the recommended stance with +18,0 angles. I'm going to try pushing everything towards the front to see if it's an improvement. I'm going out west next week so maybe it will be the perfect travel board.

4.3 5.0 18 18 I have the 159 version of this board from 2018 and it's still rocking as new. The base is super durable, the build quality is outstanding and it still performs as it did out of the Burton Flight Attendant 2015-2024 Snowboard Review

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