Burton Descendant 2017 Award

Burton Descendant 2017

“A responsive and versatile snowboard with a surfy feel!”

73 $399.95
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Review

Don’t confine your freestyle game to the terrain park and set your sight on more creative mountain features. The 2017 Burton Descendant snowboard is build for those freestyle riders who like to dominate the park as much as they enjoy riding all-mountain. This budget friendly snowboard has quite a soft flex that enables a smooth ride with lots of edge control. Because of its True Twin shape, it actually packs a bigger freestyle punch than the Clash. Compared to the Blunt we tested this board feels a bit softer but steps up on stability. Allowing you to ride regular and switch with an equal amount of control.

Apart from some minor tweaks this board hasn’t changed much compared to last season. Its design features a Flat Top profile and a True Twin shape. The flat profile blends the forgiveness of rocker with the stability and pop of a traditional cambered board. Its park-friendly flex and low weight at the tip and tail enable faster spins and quick tricks. The vertical layering also adds a subtle snappiness. On snow, this board feels stable and offers an easy ride for those who want to play around the mountain. We noticed that on harder conditions this board can get a bit loose. The edge hold is good but not top notch.

For a twin shaped board, this one does well on powder as it floats easily. It maintains its speed reasonably well but becomes less stable when you try to charge hard. This board turns nicely and allows you to whip through the trees, while still being nimble enough for the park. Overall, we are quite excited about the 2017 Burton Descendant snowboard. It’s a fun and forgiving board that is set to be a staple in parks everywhere.

Ratings

Summary

Pros
  • Budget friendly freestyle snowboard.
  • Offers a balanced and forgiving ride.
  • Feels light and smooth on good snow.
Cons
  • Some chatter when riding high speed.
  • Edge hold is ok but not top of the game.

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  1. 158 wide. Prior board was the Burton Hero 158 Wide. Rides good on groomed terrain, board is light and super flexible, great pop. Waiting for a trip to the west to check how the board handles the powder. Great board for the price.

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Specifications

ManufacturerBurton Snowboards
Available sizes148 | 152 | 155 | 158 | 160 | 155W | 158W
Riding styleFreestyle, Park
Ability levelIntermediate
Board shapeTrue Twin
Board camberTraditional Camber
Board widthRegular, Wide
Board stanceCentered
Board flexSoft
Board weightNormal
Mounting systemBurton The Channel
Warranty3 years