|Overall Rating||Liked it!|
|Riding Style||All Mountain Freestyle|
|Riding Level||Intermediate - Expert|
|Fits Boot size (US)||8-10|
|Camber Profile||Traditional Camber|
|Approx. Weight||Feels Normal|
|On Snow Feel|
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Burton Parkitect 2016 - 2013 Review by The Good Ride
The Burton Parkitect has a traditional camber ride but with an asymmetrical flex. So a lot of companies have made asymmetrical side cuts which help a duck stance but instead of a different sidecut, this has a different flex. They made a different core that has a flex that shadows a duck stance. This makes for a very fun springy easier to turn all mountain freestyle camber board that many will enjoy.
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The 2016, 2015 and 2014 Burton Parkitect have a very similar ride.
The flex and frostbite edge extension placement follows this Duck stance instead of it being symmetrical like most boards are. So just like the tech in a board with an asymmetrical side cut it makes for a good ride. It’s easier to ride switch and easier to turn. The general feel underfoot is better than your average board. This is also a poppy camber twin for those that want that technical park ride. All in all, this is a very fun ride that even the hybrid shape enthusiast would like.
Size: 157 and 154
Riders: James and Stephen
Boots: Burton Ion, Burton Ruler
Bindings: Burton Cartel Re:Flex with Hinge Tech, Burton Cartel Limited,
Set Up: Stephens big ass stance-width like 24″ wide and my stance 23″ wide 15 front -15 back. Both were centered.
On Snow Feel: Stable and pretty easy for camber. It’s borderline catchy but it almost leans on the un-catchy stable side.
Powder: This is probably the only weakness with the Parkitect. It’s got a good float for a camber twin but it’s still a camber twin in a world of hybrids that float a lot better. Compared to Flying V you would be bummed with the float of the Parkitect but if you like camber twins in powder this will be on the better side of the float.
Turn Initiation and Carving: The Burton Parkitect can make small, medium, wide and even carving turns fun. The camber and asym flex makes for rewarding turns for those that know what they are doing. We both had a really good time laying into a wide radius to carving a turn. It really springs out of a turn and it’s almost as good as the Camber Custom Restricted Twin as well as the Camber Burton Process. Short radius turns are pretty quick and snappy but not easy.
Speed: The Parkitect is not like its name because it can for sure handle mountain speed. It’s not as fast as the Custom camber models but it sure does do well for mountain riding.
Uneven Terrain: Burton’s boards do really well in bumpy terrain that you might encounter riding around the mountain. It flexes over bumps well and makes for a great board for the end of the day mountain riding.
Edge Hold: The replacement of the extension of the edges helps but the very small 1/2mm extension helps but it will not make this a board for harder snow conditions. Good bordering on great edge hold. This grips well and like most Burton camber boards they ride pretty well in most conditions. It’s not an ice specialist but it can handle firm to hard snow pretty well.
Flex: Smooth medium soft flex that butters and flexes well all over the mountain. Squeezebox works well with softer boards and it makes buttering much better for a camber board. It’s not going to have that effortless butter of the Burton Flying V or V-Rocker boards but it’s good for camber.
Switch: Almost perfect either way because of the asymmetrical flex added to the true twin shape. If you want to learn how to ride switch better and are already an accomplished directional rider you will like working on your switch riding with this asymmetrical flex. We find there is a slight edge to boards with an asymmetrical sidecut but these are kind of in between true twins and asym sidecut twins in terms of switch riding performance.
Jibbing: This isn’t a bad jibbing board. It’s got an easy enough flex to make for a middle ground jibbing board but it’s not a Nug or anything but it’s great for its shape and camber profile.
Pipe: Pretty fun Pipe board and it’s got good drive wall to wall and it springs out of the coping nicely. Its edge hold is good enough for most pipe days too but it’s much better when it’s medium to soft.
Jumps: The best part of this board. It springs really well and it makes for a great jump board in the park as well as a great ollie board around the mountain as well. If you pair this with Burton Malavita EST’s or the 2014 Custom EST’s with hinge tech it will spring incredibly well. Even without hinge tech.
This is a very fun board that makes a great park and all mountain freestyle ride. If you pair this up with a good powder board you have a great quiver.
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Board of my dreams
When I first tried this board... wow! I tried the 157 version back in 2013 and was blown away - so light and poppy so great for jumps, but the edges are designed in such a way that making turns is incredible. This is a once in a lifetime board. When buying I thought I'd get a 150 because I like a shorter board, but it's too small for me. Been regretting that decision ever since. If you see a 157 version of this board, please let me know! Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org thanks!
best all-around / freestyle board I've ever owned
I have the 2013 154 Parkitect. It's easily the best / most fun board I've ever owned, and my go-to for all but deep powder days. Super springy pop, but still easy to butter. Playful but still stable at speed, and can lay down a hard carve or a tweaked-out press. I was looking for the successor to my previous favorite board, the 2005 Jeremy Jones, and I think the Parkitect far surpasses it. I can't say enough good things about this board!