List Price US $449
Burton Root Review And Buying Advice

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Riding Style All Mountain
Riding Level Beginner - Expert
Fits Boot size (US) 8-10
Manufactured in China
Shape Tapered Directional
Camber Profile Flat to Rocker
Stance Setback -12.5mm
Approx. Weight Feels Light
Split No
Powder Average
Base Glide
Carving Average
Speed Average
Uneven Terrain Excellent
Switch Average
Jumps Good
Jibbing Good
Pipe Average
On Snow Feel


Turn Initiation


Skidded Turns






Edge Hold

Medium/Soft Snow

Burton Root 2013 Review by The Good Ride

The Burton Root is the evolution of the Directional Nug and has a very similar ride. It’s super easy to throw around and super easy to butter. They make great boards but they just don’t have the edge hold that many do when conditions are less than ideal. Still, this is a very fun and playful board that can be more than a quiver ride.

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Burton came out with the Nug a few years ago which was pretty fun, but very quiver focused idea.  They actually call it Raduction tech and each year they keep adding Nug style boards.  This year they added more than ever and the Root kind of took over for them as the directional all mountain Nug in Burton’s line.  For me, the concept of a nug like a directional board is hard for me to grasp.  I like the idea of a twin but a directional set back small board is really pushing the quiver concept.  Even though I prefer the Nug this is a pretty fun board.

Powder: It’s definitely a different way to ride powder.  It’s short but has a setback, decent amount of surface area and the board naturally stays afloat due to the rocker. Still, it’s not for everyone. It can make quick turns very easy.  If you ride in light fluffy pow it won’t be an issue but if you ride in areas with thick wet coastal snow you might find it a little more challenging than a traditional board.

Turn Initiation/carving– Carves are good for a flat to rocker board but it’s still a little bit washy and doesn’t really have spring out of the end of a carve.  Short radius turns are not as twitchy as you would think and it’s pretty fun making quick edge to edge turns and not bad when you go a little wider.

Speed: Pretty stable but not a bomber board by any means.  You don’t expect a lot so it’s a bit of a surprise when it holds at moderate to even good speeds.

Uneven Terrain: So easy when it comes to riding all kinds of rough terrain you will encounter.  It’s small, easily maneuverable and offers pretty good shock absorption.

Edge Hold:  In good conditions, this board is really fun but when the snow gets hard it gets a little sketchy. This is on the good side of average but it’s still not ideal compared to the other side cuts we ride out there.

Flex: Medium but still very easy to butter. A very playful all mountain board.

Switch: This is different riding switch but it’s very doable.

Rails/Jibs- It’s short but the medium flex makes it a little off.

Pipe: More edge hold and this could be a really fun pipe board.

Jumps: There is some decent spring on this board and it’s very easy to spin but I’d rather be on the twin shaped nug here.

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