The Burton Process has the same shape and flex as the Process Flying V but the polar opposite in camber profile and feel underfoot. There isn’t much difference between the 16 and 17 models but they do have a more blunted nose compared to the older model.
2017 Burton Process Review
Conditions: Good Soft Mid Winter Sierra Snow a few days after a good snow.
Boots: Burton AMB
Bindings: Burton Cartel
Set Up: Centered 23″ wide 15 front -15 back
Sorry I forgot to film that day….
Approximate Weight: Felt Normal.
Flex: Nice medium flex that feels easier and more playful on snow than it does when flexing it in hand.
On Snow Feel: It’s stable flat basing and one footing but it is catchy like camber and felt that way. There is some consequence to it. Especially comparing it to the Jones Ultra Mountain Twin on the same day with the same bindings. I got to say the 155 felt better than the 157 for my size 9 boots. The 25.2 cm waist of the 157 feels almost more like a 25.5-25.7 cm waist instead but the 155 seems a little closer to it’s 25.1 cm waist but not as much as you would think. Still I wish this had at least Burton’s PurePop Camber or even a new hybrid camber with more rocker so it would still have the pop and stable feel that camber does but not be super catchy like camber. It’s not as catchy as camber was in the early 2000’s but it’s still pretty catchy compared to many boards out there these days.
Edge Hold: Nothing great and we all wish Burton would do a little more even with the camber models. The Frost Bite tech is very subtle and doesn’t really grab in harder snow but with the camber it does hold better than the Process Flying V.
Turn Initiation: Still not super quick compared to boards like the Custom Twin or even the Burton Custom Camber but not super slow either. Just kind of mid level but I did like the turn initiation better with the 155 than I did the 157. I wish I had the 155 turn initiation in the 157 and it would be more fun for my size 9 boots.
Skidded Turns: Nothing like the Process Flying V at all. It’s not for those that get off your game and skid out or for those that don’t know how to turn correctly all the time.
Carving: It’s not the Custom X but it does carve well for a Twin. It’s a good board for those who like to cave regular and switch.
Speed: Carries it’s speed really well even though the base isn’t as fancy as some of the higher end Burton boards. Also it holds it’s speed pretty well.
Uneven Terrain: Liked the 155 better than the 157 Off Axis I tried. It’s not the best but not bad when it comes to messy resort snow.
Powder: So the blunted tip and tail did pretty well in some short off piste runs in a little over 1 foot of thick Sierra snow but it wasn’t effortless like the Jones Ultra Mountain Twin. If this had rocker after the tip and tail combined with the set back of .5″ and the bigger blunted nose/tail of the newer models this would be a great powder board.
Switch: The only thing directional about this directional twin is the .5″ set back so when centered it’s just like a Twin. That’s great for riding switch and a good thing for what we define an all mountain board as.
Jibbing: Didn’t even bother. Just felt like a little too much board to take my beaten up body into the jib park with.
Pipe: Didn’t really get a lot of pipe time but went through a pipe around 12 ish feet and it was a pretty good time. I prefer the Custom Twin and Custom a little better but it’s good enough for some laps.
Jumps: Nice pop off the tip/tail and that’s expected from camber. It’s also great for hitting kickers.
So all in all the Burton Process is a good camber board but in a land of really good all mountain to aggressive mountain hybrids it’s just not as versatile as the rest. We’d love to see this with rocker starting shortly after the bindings or even PurePop Camber it would be a much better ride.
2015 Burton Process Review
So the traditional camber Process isn’t too much different from the Off Axis Process because the Off Axis Process is mostly camber any way. This just has a little extra camber but about the same pop. The flat section in the Off Axis adds to the pop. Carving is a little better and it’s got a little more spring out of the turn. Float in powder is going to be a little worse than the Off Axis as well. It’s just a little less forgiving and more technical for the people who want an old school ride.
2014 Burton Process
So the 2014 Burton Process has a few changes that make the ride a little more symmetrical. It’s no longer a Twinish board but instead has a twin shape and a directional flex which means it rides much better switch. All in all the ride felt a little better with the directional twin shape because it was easier to ride switch. It’s good that they left the 12.5 cm set back so you can get a little better float in powder. I think that if you mainly ride one direction then you might like the older process better but if you ride switch then you will like this model better.
2013 Burton Process
The Burton Process Camber starts out with a normal waist in the smaller sizes and then works it’s way up to a border line mid-wide with the 159 footed and a mid/wide with a 162 size.
Conditions: Some firm sierra snow to soft sierra snow.
Boots: Burton Imperial
Bindings: Burton Cartel Limited
Set Up: Slightly set back 23″ wide -15 front -6 back
On Snow Feel: The process felt so much like the Burton Custom Camber but in a different size. It’s also a bit softer. It’s a stable to semi-catchy ride that is fun for cruising groomers as well as a park run or two. With so many hybrid shapes out there it’s a better board for advanced to expert riders but it’s forgiving enough for an intermediate as well. You can still be aggressive with it but you can also cruise.
Powder: The Process has the same thing going on as the Custom. It’s camber and camber tries not to float so it’s not easy to compare to the Process Flying V here. It’s got a set back and a pretty good float for camber but it’s camber in a land of hybrid boards. What would be really fun is to have the Process for most days and the Process Flying V for powder. If you like traditional camber in powder you will be happy though.
Turn Initiation and Carving: Like the Burton Custom this is a great board for turns of any type. It’s got a spring very close to the Custom and this 157 makes great quick turns and snaps from edge to edge well. Medium to wide radius turns had a nice feel and spring out of the turn. Carving was very close to the Custom and I had a bast laying into a hard carve in the softer snow.
Speed: The Process was pretty fast. It’s not as fast as the Custom but it’s pretty close. There is a pretty good base and a pretty damp ride for this price range. It can for sure handle mountain speed without much issue here. It’s closer to the good side of speed but not bad faster.
Uneven Terrain: Burton’s flex tech is really good with uneven terrain like bumpy to emerging moguls you see at the end of a crowded Saturday.
Edge Hold: Pretty middle ground edge hold. It’s got a very familiar traditional camber grip that held well in most conditions I would want to ride in but was missng a little extra something in the side cut to give you better hard condition riding. It’s going to hold an edge well enough but it just didn’t feel confidence inspiring in the few patches I rode today.
Flex: Like I said in Uneven Terrain Burton’s flex tech called “Squeeze Box” you get a little more going in the tip/tail than you should for camber. It’s no super easy butter board like the Flying V version but it can butter rather well with a little more strength/effort.
Switch: This has the same twinish shape as the Custom so it feels a little more different switch. I think it’s because the tip and tail are generating a lot of contact compared to the Flying V/Hybrid Rocker profile which has the same shape but feels a little different.
Jibbing: Not a great jib board but its not terrible either.
Pipe: It’s got a pretty good pipe feel that makes for a fun ride. It holds an edge pretty well and drives from wall to wall well. It’s also somewhat forgiving for a camber ride.
Jumps: The Process has great pop with or without hinge tech and it’s a fun board to ollie off natural terrain. It’s got the kind of ride that is really fun. In the jump park it’s a little different taking off or landing switch but it’s not terrible so if you are ok with a twinish board this will be excellent but if you prefer a true twin you might like the Burton Custom Restricted (camber twin) or Parkitect better.