Burton Ripcord 2017 Award

Burton Ripcord 2017

“Accessible snowboard that helps to improve your riding skills!”

64 $359.95
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Review

Strap in and boost your learning curve with probably the easiest and most progression-friendly snowboards available on the market today. The 2017 Burton Ripcord snowboard is build to help beginners and intermediate riders to become more advanced snowboarders. Its design for this season features a Directional shape combined with a Flat to Rocker profile. As a result, this gives the board lots of stability. A catch-free feel and makes easy work of any terrain or snow condition.

It’s softer, more playful flex makes this an easier going alternative to the Burton Clash we tested. Because it offers a performance-oriented ride this board will give you more room to grow than you will get from other entry level snowboards. All new it this board’s upgrade to Burton’s Channel mounting system. Which gives you the easiest stance setup and adjustments possible. It works well with any binding, not just Burton’s.

On snow, this board feels playful yet stable. Its profile is predominately flat, with an early-rise at the board’s tip and tail. Although it makes the ride predictable. It allows you to turn speed into control without feeling catchy like a fully cambered board. It’s stiffer flex at the tail and softer flex at the nose provides support for initiating turns and learning how to carve. The early-rise nose also allows the board to remain afloat on fresh deep powder. Overall, the 2017 Burton Ripcord snowboard offers a beginner-friendly ride. That helps you to progress your riding skills on a variety of conditions. Because it has an accessible price this is a good alternative for those who want to stop riding rentals.

Ratings

Summary

Pros
  • Build with progression in mind.
  • Predictable and catch-free ride.
  • Great for learning to ride powder.
  • Remains stable at higher speeds.
Cons
  • Some chatter when riding faster.
  • Misses edge hold on hard snow.

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Specifications

ManufacturerBurton Snowboards
Available sizes145 | 150 | 154 | 156W | 157 | 158W | 159 | 162W
Riding styleAll-Mountain
Ability levelBeginner
Board shapeTapered Directional
Board camberFlat to Rocker
Board widthRegular, Wide
Board stanceSetback over 20mm
Board flexSoft
Board weightNormal
Mounting systemBurton The Channel
Warranty3 years