- Old School Narrow Full Camber
- No Taper
- Great Pop
- Quick Turning
- Edge Hold Behind Some Peers
- Base is slow for this price
SummaryThe Burton Sensei's full camber narrow old school no taper shape with a wide variety of lengths is a very unique design for this time. We would have loved to ride the 170 but the 156 was all they had for us at the demos. It is a very niche board that is hard to recommend.
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Burton Sensei Written Review Review by The Good Ride
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How it rides and who it is for
How This Review Happened: We had a few laps at a demo.
Conditions: Far from ideal snow for testing. Pretty hard and uneven old snow
Riders: James (Size 9, 5’10” 185-190lbs), Peter (Size 8, 5’11” 185lbs), Jimbo (Size 11, 5’11” 160lbs)
Boots: Adidas Tactical ADV
Insoles: Sandsole Custom Insoles, F.I.T. Gameghangers Low Profile , F.I.T. Gamechangers
Bindings: \ Burton Cartel
Similar Boards (but not the same):Can’t think of a single boar like this right now.
Set-Up: 21.5” Wide. 21 front -3 back. Close to Reference
Here are some ideal US boot sizes for these boards.
Shape/Camber/On Snow Feel/Ability Level
The Burton Sensei is full camber but there might be a touch of early rise (maybe just a few cm) before the nose to not make it a completely retro board. Still, it is way more camber than Burton’s directional camber and it this time it can easily be called full camber. It is a narrow turny, semi-gunny technical camber board for advanced to expert riders. It tracks pretty well and didn’t feel too twitchy for how narrow it was.
All that camber took the medium flex and made it more work to butter than some stiffer directional camber boards from Burton. That bend up near the tip/tail sure can make it esay to butter. The 156 Burton Sensei popped into an ollie pretty easy though.
Now if we had the 170 or even the 161 I think our take on the speed would have been different but the 156 was moderate.
Burton does a great job at making a board to dampen vibrations caused by slow speed travel over bumpy hard snow. It isn’t easy to do. The Burton Sensei, in the size we rode, would have been a great board for turning around bumps like a Porche on a windy road. The 170 would be a different story though.
Burton is for those who don’t like disrupted sidecuts and know how to twist the edge to get the most grip out of it. If you like a disrupted sidecut, like we do you will find that this edge can let go easier than others if you hit a hard patch.
Fast. Very fast. I bet that even on the 161 or 170 the turning would be quick.
In the occasional acceptable snow patches we had you could tell this would be fun to carve. I would have loved to take the 170 Burton Sensei out on good groomers and lay into some hard carves like I used to back in the 00’s.
Burton markets the Sensei as a powder/freeride board but it isn’t for everyone. Some old school rippers are going to love this kind of ride but many will be happier grabbing an easier floating family tree ride with more nose, some taper and early rise. It would be fun to get on the 170 and take it through a deep wide open run.
The Burton Sensei isn’t for everyone and is by far the most niche board in the Family Tree line. It is not a board we would ever recommend. It is the kind of board that a small group of old school style rippers will just know they want.
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Burton Sensei User Reviews
This Board Rips! Was hesitant to buy this because of the width, but one of the best boards I’ve ridden for speed and agility! I’m 6ft 2in and 200lb and have a size 10 Nitro Select boot with medium Cartel reflex bindings on the 161cm. With no boot drag, or heel up drag. About 1-1/2 inch wider than reference for stance. I usually ride a flight attendant162, but the sensei carves way better! The sensei is pure speed! Deep long carves on Utah high pressure hard pack. definitely reminds me of late 90s/early 2000s pipe boards. It rides really twitchy so this is only for strong riders used to full camber boards. You think about turning and your already halfway through the it. Stable off piste because of the stiff tail, and the softer nose makes it playful for side hits/cat track airs. Super stable and easy to ride switch as well. I would recommend if you love to ride fast! Haven’t ridden in pow yet but it is setback enough to where I’m sure it it fine.