Explore new terrain and advance your riding with the 2017 Burton Blunt snowboard. As one of our long favourites this board lets you ride the backside in the morning and take on the park by the afternoon. A freestyle deck that is built for fun. This board is on the market for a long time now and has pretty much evolved over the years. Apart from a few tweaks, the most substantial change for this season is the replacement of the old Flat to Rocker profile for Burton’s Flying V camber profile.
The Flying V (hybrid rocker) profile features rocker between the bindings and at the tips. This gives the board a loose and catch-free feel that’s great for jibbing and buttering your way around the mountain. Camber underfoot adds pop and stability needed for jumping, while the Frostbite Edges provide extra contact points allowing you to hold and edge on the iciest runs and frozen takeoffs. Squeezebox profiling makes the core thinner where you want flex and thicker where you need strength.
Because Burton changed this board from rocker to camber we expected it to behave differently. On snow, it feels looser than before. In softer conditions, this board remained stable, although it tends to loose grip on hard packed snow. It does need a bit more edge hold as it tends to slide underfoot. However, in return, you get a playful poppy ride that’s fun to go jumping, buttering or carving. During our test, we encountered some rougher uneven terrain and this board handled it pretty well. When riding fast you will notice this is a park oriented board. It can take the mountain but at moderate speed. The new camber profile boosted the amount of pop as it’s now better to jump than before.
All in all this board has improved on its versatility. With a bit more edge hold it could become a good all-rounder. However, the 2017 Burton Blunt snowboard remains a playful deck that slays rails and jibs but also is capable of crushing jumps, floating in powder, and weaving through trees. Lot’s of fun for a reasonable price. For beginners, it’s a good choice for progressing your skills.