|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10, 10-12|
|Camber Profile||Flat to Rocker|
|Stance||Setback over 20mm|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Burton Modified Fish 2017 - 2016 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton Modified Fish is somewhat like the Burton Fish but with a little narrower waist that’s a little more normal foot friendly. It’s still technically a mid/wide by Burton’s suggestions but the board does ride easier for normal size boots than the regular fish. Also, it’s at a very reasonable price. Almost nothing changed from 2016 to 2017 so the old review still stands. There are some updates to it to compare it to other 2017 models.
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Conditions: 1.5-2.5 feet of pretty good Sierra Powder. Really good groomers
Riders: James, and Jack
Boots: Burton Imperial
Bindings: Burton Diode
Set Up: Set mostly back, 23″ Wide 15 front -3 back
Approximate Weight: Feels normal
On Snow Feel: The flat from the tail to a little past the front binding transitioning to the rocker and a big nose feels pretty stable. It’s got that same flat to rocker feel as the Burton Fish. It’s easy to one foot and flat base and provides a stable catch free ride. It’s a cruiser that’s pretty much for powder but doable on groomers.
Powder: This is really what this board is all about and it does feel like a fish does in the water. It’s a little slower turning than the Burton Branch Manager or Landlord but it’s still very doable in the trees. If you want more slashy and quick the Branch Manager or Landlord is the call but if you want more of a cruiser that has a little more drawn out turns this could work. It plains well above the snow just like a fish surfboard sits higher on the water so it’s got all the float you need. So all in all very surfy. My only complaint is the flat in the tail is a little dead and doesn’t have as much snap as the Barracuda. Because of that most of our crew prefers the directional camber boards like the Landlord and especially the Branch Manager better.
Turn Initiation: Not as slow as the Fish but not as fast as the barracuda. It can slash in the trees but we had more fun making more drawn out turns in wide open faces. It felt more cruisy than powerful and snappy. For those that surf the Barracuda felt like a shortboard and the Mod-Fish felt like its name.
Carving: Pretty boring here. It’s doable but just doesn’t provide much spring out of the turn. You can cruise around after the powder is done but it’s not really the kind of board that enhances turning on groomers.
Speed: Yeah pretty fast and for a 156 it can provide a good bit of speed.
Uneven Terrain: Pretty good here and pretty damp slapping through some tracks but when it’s tracked out bumpy snow it’s a little bouncy but not that bad at all. It can weave in and out of bumps well enough.
Edge Hold: Not much here and mainly for powder to good snow.
Flex: Med/Stiff but you can butter off the tail.
Switch: Doable but not great.
So all in all this is a good board for getting an easy surfy float. Jack really liked this board because he’s a cruiser so it’s really about is this right for your riding style. If you are cruiser who likes to ride very set back and aren’t that concerned about pop off the tail for an ollie or spring out of a turn then this could really work. Especially if you are normal size boot. Yeah, the Standard Burton Fish can be ridden by riders like me with size 9 boots but it’s much more for mid/wide Riders. Of the Fish vs. Modified Fish, I really preferred the 25.4 cm waist of the Mod Fish compared to the 26.0cm waist of the Fish for my specs and I think if your boots are size 10 and under you probably will too.
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Burton Modified Fish User Reviews
Mod fish 156
This is a great deck for the price point. I also own an s rocker Fish so this review will be somewhat of a comparison between the two for powder. Mod Fish is super nimble in tight trees. It takes almost no work to thread quickly through tight spots. Felt completely in control. This is what this board is meant for I think. Rode this at a resort during and after a 50" storm (Stella). Not as aggressive/ splashy or poppy or surfy as regular Fish. Not as much float as regular Fish. In deep pow you can't beat the original for aggressive powder riding. Rode this on decent packed powder; at first I thought it carved poorly and had no pop but after a day with it, it carved nice enough. There is good pop hidden within. you have to skate Ollie it though. Better than Fish on groomers. Favorite feature is the long soft rockered nose to flat. I bought this to ride spring slush on am really looking forward to it. I think this is a great pow deck for the price point or even a one board quiver for an old guy that likes a loose cruiser.
Loose and Playful is right
My hill (Tremblant, Qc) got 15cm of fresh pow over night. This was the perfect time to try out my new 151 Mod Fish. Yes 151cm. I choose the smaller one because my hill has very tight trees, no open bowls and not that much powder. The thinking was shorter board would allow me to maneuver tighter trees lines and stick to the 3 feet wide pushed powder on the sides of the runs.
My thinking was right, this board was awesome for a fun, loose and playful day. It is by no means a fast/hard charging bowl ripping machine but that was not was i was looking for.
It was AMAZING. Definitely what I was looking for, Loose and Playful!
The shortness made it even easier to stay in the 3 feet wide powder banks on the side of runs. Tight powder turning was super easy. The 30mm taper makes float almost effortless.
It slashed really well.
It was decent on regular runs but the tail is soft for the higher speed carves on groomed runs. Definitely do not suggest high speed carves with this. The tail does not have much pop for ollies.
I highly suggest this board for hunting powder in tight trees or just having a playful time on powder days but the bigger versions would suit best for really deep pow and open bowls.
The best word to describe this board is surfy!