All-terrain slashing specialist.
True to its name, the Burton Barracuda is a ravenous creature, covering every square inch of the mountain hunting for undisturbed pow stashes. It's packed with all the tech you could ask for, from Burton's Channel system for easy binding setup, to Frostbite edges for crazy grip and locked-in turns. And the directional tapered shape means tons of float on the deep days, and added stability for smashing through crud when the hill's getting tracked out.
The Barracuda is built on Burton's Fish-inspired S Rocker shape, which puts camber under your feet for powerful turns, and mates it with a rockered nose for effortless float when it's dumping. And that float gets kicked up a notch by the tapered shape. Basically, the nose is 15 mm wider than the tail; that means no more back-leg burn, so you can ride longer and harder. The Frostbite edges bump out underneath your feet to help you carve trenches when you get it on edge. You'll find that it's helpful when traversing across groomers and ice on your way to your favorite hidden stashes.
Like much of Burton's lineup, the Barracuda features Nug Raduction, and that means you can size it down from what you'd normally ride. Burton recommends dropping 2-3 cm off the overall length, which nets you more responsive handling without giving up stability. The Pro-Tip tip and tail reduce swing weight, which ups the responsiveness even further. This board is built to haul ass, so it's only appropriate that it gets a sintered WFO base, which holds tons of wax and slides super fast. Top it off with Burton's Infinite Ride, and you've got a board that feels broken-in, straight out of the box, and stays that way for the life of the board.
- S Rocker (Camber from front binding through tail, rockered nose)
- Frostbite edges
- Directional tapered sidecut
- Super Fly II Core with Dualzone EGD
- Sintered WFO base
- The Channel binding mounting system
- Editor’s Note: colors and graphics on diecut bases vary; we can’t guarantee what one you’ll get
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Burton Barracuda 153 and 149
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Bought both of these for my wife and daughter. I have been riding the 161 for two seasons now, and wanted powder boards for the girls. The Barracuda works great in powder and also handles harder packed snow great as well, due to the camber profile. A completely reverse cambered board would likely be best in blower powder, but we are rarely in that, and I have no complaints about the Barracuda. I've ridden the 153 on non-pow days and thought it handled well and would chose it over my Burton Custom and Burton Hero for these hard pack days, and use the 161 on powder days. To clarify, I'm referring to Colorado resort riding, with the occasional backcountry pow day. My daughter loves the 149 in the powder, replacing her Feelgood V-Rocker which she still uses for resort riding.
How does the ride of the Barracuda compare...
How does the ride of the Barracuda compare to the Rossignol Krypto?
Both are great as all mountain boards but in powder, the Barracuda is amazing. It's s-rocker, the tip just floats. The set back is also very helpful as the rear of the board also sinks more, again helping it float. The Krypto is good in the powder but the nose you have to watch it more. Both feel very stable on everything. If I am having a in-bound day, it's a toss up. If I am having a side or back country day, Barracuda all the way.
whats the difference between this and the...
whats the difference between this and the landlord?
Major difference is the Landlord has less taper and has limited size offerings vs the Barracuda.
Actually the landlord has 2mm more taper. Also the landlord has less of an s-rocker profile, just an early rise actually. Also the landlord is much stiffer(in the tail) than the barracuda. Also the landlords are made in Austria and not china....If you are riding wide open big mountain pow all the time ,I would recommend the landlord, but if you are looking for one board for everything, I would recommend the barracuda....just sayin'. I rode the landlord all winter and Iloved it, but sometimes the stiff tail would be a bit much to handle, especially in tight trees
Do it all board? It might be that
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
My current board is a custom Donek 165, stiff and full camber, built for carving. It's not great in pow, but owns groomers and hardpack. I rented the Barracuda at Vail as we got over 24 inches of pow in 3 days. I am a big dude, and I found the Barracuda 161 to be perfect in the pow. It floats nicely, turns easily and feels right at home in the deep stuff. I set the bindings back and opened my stance a bit and was able to keep my weight centered between my feet and the board floated nicely, keeping he nose up and not sinking at all. On groomers it can lay out some nice little carves, but it's not a scalpel, so don't expect to rip big precise carves. I think it would be great all around board for someone looking for a do-it-all board that's easy to ride. Personally, I'm going to look for a Barracuda 161 to compliment my Donek 165. I'll ride the Cuda on pow days and the Donek on groomers and hardpack. I think a two board quiver will do nicely.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I took this board out for a spin today at the Bird with plenty of fresh on the ground. What I can say is the Barracuda is a serious pow slaying machine. Surprisingly, I was able to ride switch no problem like it was a twin shaped board.
I love the S-Rocker shape...it keeps you afloat no matter what. It also seems to naturally float compared to my flying V rocker. The flying V requires a bit of leaning back in the deep but not that much...
I can't comment how it does when conditions suck (hard pack/ice) as I've only ridden the pow with it.
And....the graphics are nice and old school.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have the 2013 model. Yeah this board is awesome on powder. What's amazing is how ridiculously fast and stable this board is on hard pack. LOVE IT!!