Like that old high school friend who used to help you with your homework. The 2017 Burton Clash snowboard will teach you all it knows about having fun with snowboarding. It offers an easy, catch-free and controllable ride that is ideal for mastering the basics and taking your first rides. This board is designed specifically for beginners who want to enhance their skills and for intermediate riders who are looking for an easy-going cruiser without having to break their bank account.
For this new season not much has changed. Compared to older models this board now has a Flat to Rocker profile instead of the previous Continuous Rocker. This results in a much more stable ride. Its progression friendly design features a slightly Tapered Directional shape that enables you to float nicely over powder. The board’s Super Fly core gives a snappy feel while also shedding unnecessary weight. This will make you ride longer without getting fatigue. Because the guys at Burton used special fibreglass this board gives a highly flexible feel, which makes turning easy and plays well in park.
On snow, this board feels stable and easy to handle. When you like to surf the soft powder then this board is your match. The rocker profile combined with the tapered tail enables an easy floating ride. Although the edge hold is good for soft to medium snow, on hardpack this board tends to slide underfoot. It remains controllable but takes away a bit of the fun. Furthermore this board rides really well on uneven terrain with chopped up snow as long as you ride at moderate speed. When it comes to jumping this board misses pop but in return you get lots of stability, which is nice for those of us starting out.
Overall, while being a bit softer and mellower than the Blunt, the 2017 Burton Clash snowboard is built for riders who want to progress their skills or get straight to cruising. Even though it has a lower price, you still get a nice amount of tech. If Burton could give it a bit more edge hold and pop, this would be a proper all-mountain freeride snowboard.