|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 Family Tree Hometown He
Burton Hometown Hero 2020 Review by The Good Ride
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.
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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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