|Riding Style||Alternative Freeride|
|Riding Level||Advanced - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Camber Profile||Directional Camber|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Burton Hometown Hero 2021 - 2020 Review by The Good Ride
Burton Hometown Hero 2021 Snowboard Video Review Fast Forward Markers.
0:00 – Intro
0:15 – Summary
1:05 – Sizing
1:59 – Camber/On Snow Feel
2:34 – Flex/Pop/Butterability
3:47 – Speed/Uneven Terrain
5:19 – Edge Hold
5:57 – Turning/Carving
7:27 – Powder
7:50 – Switch/Park/Quick Conclusion
8:24 – A Little Peter Talk…
Swipe Right: Energetic turner, great pop. Slightly mellower version of the Flight Attendant we really like.
Swipe Left: Edges let go a little to easy for our taste in hard snow.
While the Burton Hometown Hero doesn’t have the edge hold we would want in harder snow their arent many complaints about how the rest of this board rides. It is a dynamic/fun turning ride that really likes getting air. The 2021 model seems pretty similar to the 2020 but now there is a lot more sizing options. Especially for mid/wide footed riders.
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Burton Hometown Hero 2021 Snowboard Review- How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened: We liked this a lot at the demos so we spent our precious Good Ride dollars to buy this.
Days: 1 but rode the 152 in the past and now own the 156 so more days coming.
Conditions: Pretty hard old snow that was hard to get a good rhythm going.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs),
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, F.I.T. Gameghangers Low Profile , F.I.T. Gamechangers
Bindings: Burton Genesis EST
Set-Up: 22” Wide. 18 front -3 back. On Reference
Getting the right size really makes a difference. The 156 is a great fit for Peter and my specs (reference above) and the 156 matches up more like the 159 Flight Attendant. So you can ride it a little shorter like you would an all mountain board. Jimbo needs a similar size in wide. So keep the regular width Burton Hometown Hero to size 10 and under and after 10.5 go with the Wide sizes. It’s good to stay close to Burton’s recommended weight or the boards personality will change a lot.
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
The camber in the Burton Hometown Hero has a pretty catchy feel to it. It isn’t as bad as full camber but isn’t easy for an intermediate that skids their turns. It sure does track well one footing or flat basing.
When we rode the 152 Burton Hometown Hero it was soooo buttery and it bent so easy between the feet. It was really uncommon. The 160 felt more like the Flight Attendant but just a little bit softer. The 156 I own feels a little softer. You can butter but it takes a little more work. There is so much pop and ollie power with all the boards. Burton just knows how to make a board spring underfoot.
The Burton Hometown Hero can point it. It isn’t a super bomber like the Straight Chuter but it has a fast base and damp overall ride
Going over the hard micro bumpy snow with the Burton Hometown Hero was very doable and this is for sure an all day ride. You won’t feel the need to put this away mid day when the groomers get messy.
This is one place the Burton Hometown Hero is lacking compared to many of its peers. There just isn’t as much grip when you hit a hard patch and it lets go pretty easy.
Nice and snappy edge to edge. If you need to turn in tight spots like trees or bumps the Burton Hometown Hero will do really well.
Such a fun carver and there is soo much spring out of a turn if the snow is good. Burton just knows how to make a board fun to turn and the Hometown Hero is no exception.
We had some powder with the 152 last year and it floated well. Especially for a board that size. Hoping to get the 156 we own in powder this year if the season is Covid-19 free and functional. If you want to set it all the way back there is almost 3.75″ setback from center of board at a 23″ stance width. That is a little better than the Flight Attendant. So add 12mm of taper and a big nose with early rise happening there is good directional float. Pairing the Burton Hometown Hero up with non-EST Burton bindings does allow you to set it back further but we stay within the marked area in the channels.
What we like is how it has a very tapered directional feel in powder but more of a non-tapered feel on groomers than most freeride boards. Even though there is a pretty decent setback on sidecut and board it can still act a lot like an all mountain daily driver. So if that calls to you and you don’t see much hard snow, the Burton Hometown Hero will shine.
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The Burton Hometown Hero takes a lot of elements that we like from many Family Tree boards we tried and puts it into a unique package. It likes quick turns, is pretty easy to butter for directional camber and has a ride that can work with a wide variety of riders.
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.
How This Review Happened: We had a couple of laps at a frantic manic demo day.
Conditions: Really good snow with about 1′ to 1.5′ of pretty decent PNW powder.
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-195lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, Footprint Insole Technology Gameghangers Low Profile
Bindings: Burton Cartel EST
Set-Up: 22” Wide. 21 front -6 back. Set all the way back.
Approximate Weight: Feels normal.
Sizing: The 152 was a little small for us but the 156 would be perfect. One of the things we like about the Burton Hometown Hero is how it’s spec’d in between the Burton Skeleton Key and Flight Attendant to fit us pretty well. With the Skeleton Key the 154 was a little small and the 158 a little too big. We always wished they had a 156. The 159 Flight Attendant fit us perfect. So having a mellow version of the Flight Attendant in a little shorter, softer, quicker turning package that is only a little less surface area. But to summarize the sizes, keep it between 8-10 for the 152 and 156 and you can dabble with a little over size 10 for the 160 but depending on the footprint of the boot you have I wouldn’t feel comfortable recommending anything over size 11.
Flex/Buttering: So this has a really easy flex that is kind of like the Skeleton Key but feels even a little softer in the middle. It really breaks nicely in the middle kind of like a hybrid rocker board does but then has lot’s of energy and pop in the tip and tail. Burton has a really refined flex that is a great balance of being pretty buttery for a board like this while still having a ton of energy.
On Snow Feel/Ability Level/Skidded Turns: The Directional Camber profile has a mellower flex than most Family Tree boards we tried but the camber profile is the same so while it’s easier to control and ride it is still pretty catchy because it’s full camber from the tail to a good bit past the front binding. That makes it have a very camber like feel that is only a touch less locked in/unforgiving so skidding a turn isn’t that easy. So best for advanced to expert riders that know how to turn. If you are a strong intermediate getting close to an advanced rider, it might work but could make you fall more than you would on a more forgiving ride.
Edge Hold: Felt like typical Burton edge hold that doesn’t quite grip as hard as some of it’s peers in the industry when the snow get’s harder.
Turn Initiation: Really fast edge to edge and we loved taking this into tight spots. It felt to us like it turned faster than the 159 Flight Attendant I own and just as faster than the 154 Skeleton Key I have owned. If I was on the 156 I think the turn initiation would slow down a touch but still be super fast like the 154 Skeleton Key.
Turning Experience/Carving: For those that are super technical carvers that like a super-stiff board to carve then you might not like the Burton Hometown Hero as much. However, Peter and I felt like it allowed average riders like us to access all that this board could offer in a carve and it made us look better doing it. The 12mm of taper doesn’t make the ride feel super washy either. You need more weight on the back foot but it feels much more double-ender than you would think.
Powder: For a little 152 the Burton Hometown Hero had some pretty good float and if we had the 156 it would be in the same general range of float as the Flight Attendant and Skeleton Key. In the 1-1.5″ of powder we had it did a great job and this was an excellent tree board.
Speed: Not a real bomber and this mediumish flex will start to chatter if you really point it down a long run. It’s more than competent for a straight line or two but it’s not really what this board is for. If you are more into that get the Flight attendant, One Hitter, Deep Thinker or Leaderboard if you like to straight line all the time. The base has good glide to it and even though it had a Demo Tune (AKA no tune and some neglect) it kept it’s speed really well.
Uneven Terrain: Such a great board to ride all day on a Saturday. It weaved in and out of bumps like a champ and powered over them with a nice rubbery feel that wasn’t super bucky for a 152… well as long as you didn’t charge too hard. If you are someone that likes to power through chunder and semi tracked snow there are better boards but the Burton Hometown Hero creates a nice layer of protection between what you are riding on and your feet.
Switch: The balanced freeride geometry makes the Burton Hometown Hero ride way better switch than you would think for such a tapered directional board. It’s far from perfect but very doable if you ride more on the reference stance.
Jumps: The Burton Hometown Hero has lot’s of pop in the tip and tail and average riders like ourselves could easily access all this energy and make it pop well compared to many of the stiffer Family Tree boards from Burton. You don’t have to be a strong rider to make this spring into the air which is really cool.
Jibbing: Soft enough in the middle to make a jib or two happen and while it’s not perfect it does better than any Family Tree ride.
Pipe: We would love a little more edge hold but if we had a pipe at the demo’s we would not hesitate to go there with this ride as long as the walls weren’t super icy.
So, all in all, I’m usually not as inspired to write this much after a short demo but it really matched up well with how we ride and we felt right at home with the Burton Hometown Hero. We would love to get a hold of the 156 and spend a lot of time comparing it against some of our favorites but as it stands, it’s a very recommendable board. It’s a great board for those that like that tapered directional, slashy, carvy, surfy kind of alternative freeride shape but also want to ride switch, play around/butter around the moutnain too like you can with many all moutnain boards.
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