Burton Talent Scout 2017 Award

Burton Talent Scout 2017

“Whether you’re in park or on the mountain, this board loves tricks!”

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Review

Since its launch two seasons ago the 2017 Burton Talent Scout snowboard quickly became a popular choice amongst freestyle riders. Anatomically correct and fine tuned to suit lady park shredders, this Twin board will have you falling in love with camber all over again. This board is simply on a mission to track down the best of freestyle progression. Compared to the Deja Vu this is definitely a step up in pro-attitude.

One of the key features that boosted this board’s freestyle dominance is the so-called Off-Axis construction. Which starts with an asymmetrical sidecut that’s deeper on the heel side to make carving feel confident and powerful. The team at Burton then also fitted this board with an asymmetric flex and asymmetric Frostbite edges. Which makes riding feel as natural and instinctive as possible. The result of this particular set-up is increased control and more confidence, whether you’re on the halfpipe of lapping groomers. It brings back the energy to park riding.

Regarding the on-snow feel, this board gives both that forgiving feel of a rocker and the power and pop of a camber. For those of us who like a laid-back ride but also enjoy taking an aggressive approach to park laps and high-speed carving: this board blends both nicely. The two subtle flat-to-rocker zones outside the bindings area, enable that classic camber feel. While the lightweight wooden core increases the board’s pop. The edge control is improved by the placing of perpendicular strips of wood along the board’s edges. Combined with the Frostbite edges this creates extra contact points. Allowing the board to hold an edge nicely on sketchy steeps and ice halfpipe walls.

Although the 2017 Burton Talent Scout has perfectly-sculpted jumps, smooth rails, and pristine pipes in mind, it will hold its own when you venture off to explore the rest of the mountain. Take a step towards park supremacy and show your friends what you can do. For the ladies who prefer a less professional freestyle snowboard, the Burton Deja-Vu Flying V will be a good option.

Ratings

Summary

Pros
  • A versatile, playful and stable ride.
  • Appeals to progressive freestyle riders.
  • Minimal chatter when at high speed.
Cons
  • Not that poppy but controllable.

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Specifications

ManufacturerBurton Snowboards
Available sizes138 | 141 | 146 | 149
Riding styleAll-Mountain, Freestyle
Ability levelIntermediate – Expert
Board shapeTrue Twin
Board camberTraditional camber
Board widthRegular
Board stanceCentered
Board flexMedium
Board weightNormal
Mounting systemBurton The Channel
Warranty3 years