Take the Burton Custom X, give it a aluminum core, make the shape more directional and you have the Burton T7. For 2011 they added another # to it so now it’s the T7. The T7 is really really Fast! The T7 is geat if you want to ride the mountain really fast and carve out amazing turns. It’s also one of the better non tapered/non rocker directional snowboards in the powder. If money is no object and you want to have one of the most expensive freeride boards out there then blow your wad on this. We wish we could.
Days On this thing- 8
Bindings Used- Burton C60’s
Riders on this board- 2
Board Used- 162 and 164 Wide
Out of all the companies out there Burton is doing their best to push the tech so snowboards will start to reach the ski price range. This and the Vapor are a prime example. This board uses aluminum in the core instead of wood. It makes it light, stiff and not rail friendly. All gripes aside about the price this board is fast, mean and incredibly fun to ride. This board was so expensive we couldn’t buy this out right. We had to convince a friend to let us borrow his relatively new board for a week. Now that is a good friend!
On Snow Feel: This board is made to fly down the groomers and could make you want to get up extra early so you can see your lines on the corduroy. This is incredibly fun to carve and the directional shape and good edge hold makes hard pack to slush pretty fun. It’s also very much a board for aggressive advanced to expert riders that know how to handle aggressive camber.
Powder: Not great but not bad either. Powder is fun no matter what kind of board you ride but if you have enough money to afford a T6 you should own a powder board as well.
Turn Initiation– This board is stiff so you have to work for your turns but you get a great reward every time you lean into a turn. The narrow waist and relatively deep side cut make this board a turning delight. It’s not for everyone but with work you can make nice short turns in steep chutes or wide sweeping turns on a groomer. Now with the ICS Binding system the turn initiation is much easier but don’t suddenly think it will turn like a Burton custom. This is still a very fast and aggressive board.
Speed: This board is very fast. Possibly the fastest board Burton makes. Chatter is non existent.
Uneven Snow- Not ideal for slowing down and dealing with bumpy snow. It’s almost the opposite when it comes to it’s ability to handle speed.
Approximate Weight– Very light. You won’t feel this on your feet riding up the chair unless the wind is tugging on it.
Edge Hold: Burton has a little extension of the edges between each foot for this board, sharp sturdy edges and a stiff flex. That makes for a grip almost good enough for that rare but scary blue ice you come across. We found it to hold in any condition we experienced. The worst we ever experienced was hard pack but it really tore through it and leads us to believe you could use these edges on ice skates.
Stiffness– Pretty stiff throughout the entire board longitudinally and torsion-ally. Boards these days are definitely getting softer but this is still on the stiff side of it all.
Jibbing- Yeah right!
Switch: Not great. This board is made primarily for going one direction. A good rider can ride anything switch so if you rip you’ll get use to it and it will be fine.
Rails/Boxes– ouch! This metal core, stiff flex and super sharp edges are not made for rails.
Pipe: If you want to go one direction and launch as high as possible out of the pipe then you won’t find a much better board to do so.
Jumps: We found this to have a good spring off of jumps but again the directional shape can make it difficult to start spinning or land switch. If you want to go big this will be there for you. The older models use to literally break in half but this is something Burton has fixed the last few seasons. We aren’t good enough to push a board that hard to find out if that still happens.