List Price US $839
Burton Forager 2023 Snowboard Review

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Riding Style
Riding Level Advanced - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10, 10-12, > 12
Manufactured in Austria
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Directional Camber
Stance Setback -12.5mm
Approx. Weight
Split
Powder Great
Base Glide Good
Carving Great
Speed Great
Uneven Terrain Great
Switch Poor
Jumps Good
Jibbing Poor
Pipe Good
On Snow Feel

Locked In

Turn Initiation

Medium/Fast

Skidded Turns

Hard

Flex

Medium/Stiff

Buttering

Semi-Hard

Edge Hold

Medium Snow

Burton Forager 2023 Review by The Good Ride

Turn Ons/Swipe Right: Easy Float, very hard carver
Turn Offs/Swipe Left: Very aggressive, stiff and technical. Not for average riders.

Summary

The Burton Forager is a unique board when it comes to swallow tails. It is very stiff and technical but carves super hard and floats very well.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews and this is our unfiltered opinion. 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.

The Burton Forager Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for

Burton Forager Review

 

How This Review Happened:

Borrowed this for an extended demo and sent it back.
Size: 159
Days: 3
Conditions:  Some great late spring powder with early morning slackountry time with Drift Boards. Good groomers. Somewhat uneven but good spring conditions.
Riders:
 James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs)
Boots: Burton Kendo and Burton Photon Step On Wide bindings.
Insoles: F.I.T. Gamechangers
Bindings: Union Atlas, Clew Bindings, Burton Genesis Step On
Jacket: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Tusk Jacket, Volcom Guide Jacket
Pant: Burton AK Gore-Tex Pro 3L Hover Pant, Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Swash Pant,
Helmet: Smith Maze
Goggle: Smith 4D Mag
Gloves: Burton AK Clutch Glove, Burton AK Tech Leather Glove

Similar Swallow Tails (but not the same): Korua Dart, Weston Japow, Season Forma, Soul Shift, Jones Storm Wolf, Lib Tech Lost Retro Ripper, Soul Pitch Wing,

Set-Up: 21.5” Wide. Sance Angles +18/-3, +24/+6. Close to Reference and Set all the way back.

Approximate Weight

The Burton Forager felt pretty middle ground for its weight and size. It’s clear they were thinking damp and stiff over light and easy to pop. (We don’t put in the exact weight because with wood cores there is no consistency in a boards weight)

Sizing

Burton Forager Sizing

 

 

 

 

 

The Burton Forager felt close to the right size for my weight and doable for my boot size. If you were a bigger boot, have my weight and to a lesser extent my height this would work well. I think I might be a little more into a 155. I would be a little too heavy at 185 but it would better fit my boot size. If I have to choose between weight and boot size I usually choose boot size.

Here are some ideal US boot sizes for these boards. You can of course go bigger or smaller but these work best for not turning the board slower than it should be and not having the dreaded Toe & Heel Drag.
150: 9-10
155: 10-11
159: 11-12
165: 11.5-12.5

Keep it close to Burton’s recommended weight recommendations.

Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level

Shape

 

 

 

 

 

There is a lot of taper with the Burton Forager, 20mm and you feel it. The set back on sidecut isn’t much but the set back on board is a lot. This

Burton Forager Camber

 

 

 

 

The Burton Forager The Burton Forager has a directional camber but on snow it feels like full camber. I always felt tentative riding this. I think it is the way the swallow tail sinks into the snow and makes it feel more aggressive.

Flex Personality

Burton calls this a Medium flex but the board I had felt quite stiff unterfoot too the tail. The Nose was medium/soft but that’s it. Maybe the production model is softer than my demo. What is unique is the swallow tail is very stiff. Stiffer than most swallow this pronounced that I’ve tried.

Base Glide/Speed

Base

 

 

 

The base of the Burton Forager is pretty good but not exceptional like some out there. I found that the newer Burton bases need really good wax and you should wax it twice before riding it. If it still feels slow give it a base grind at a competent shop.

For a board this tapered and set back it is very competent at speed.

Edge Hold

Burton doesn’t rule the edge hold world but this is pretty good compared to most burtons. It still isn’t what I want to use on a hard day though.

Turning Experience/Carving

The Burton Forager can carve really hard. Really hard. It had a great turning experience that was a little slow for my boot size but still medium to medium fast. With bigger boots it would be medium fast to fast. Once you get it on edge it likes a more turny type of rider. You can still make harder down the line almost straight line type of turns.

Powder

 Setback for Pow

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Burton Forager can float with the best of them. It didn’t even feel like it was trying in shin to knee high powder. With a 22.5” stance width when set all the way back you have a 6.25” set back on board from the tail but -11.5 from the Swallow tail. That is a lot more than 12.5mm/.5” back from center of sidecut. 20mm of taper, a lot for Burton, a big ol Iron cut out in the tail and some early rise before the nose makes it an excellent pow board. I’d still prefer the Burton 3D Fish in a similar size but this is really good.

Conclusion

So I think I would prefer a 155 but getting on the 159 but I’ve tried a lot gnarlier. This won’t be for everyone but some will really like this stiff, hard carving and floaty swallow tail.

 
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