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From pow to the park, and then back to pow again.
The Burton Family Tree Trick Pony snowboard is a pow-crushing, true twin freestyle ripper from the Big B's freeride-oriented Family Tree line. And just like the original, it nets you predictable switch takeoffs and landings, even in deep snow, and all the fall-line stability you want. Between the pointy nose and tail and Flat Top profile there's tons of float and a catch-free ride, which comes in handy when you're treating the entire mountain like your personal terrain park.
In collaboration with Mark Sollors' design, Burton gave the Trick Pony a Flat Top profile, which blends the float of rocker with the power of camber. The shape and the flex are both twin, while there's a half inch of setback for a directional touch. So whether you prefer a bit of setback, or you're running a centered stance, you'll have float in spades. Side Effects give you the most effective edge length per size, for tons of edge control when it really matters.
The ultra-light Carbon I-Beam backbone increases pop and longitudinal snap without making the board unnecessarily stiff. Infinite Ride ensures that the Trick Pony feels broken-in right out of the box, and it maintains that feel for the life of the board. The Pro Tip construction reduces swing weight in the tip and tail for fast spins and quick direction changes. Your bindings are held on by the Channel mounting system, which works in conjunction with Burton's EST bindings to give you unlimited setup options, plus unparalleled flex and feel.
- Flat Top profile (flat profile with rocker at tip and tail)
- Twin shape
- Medium flex
- Super Fly II 700g core with Dualzone EGD and Squeezebox
- Triax fiberglass with Carbon I-Beams
- Frostbite edges
- Channel mounting system
- Side Effects
- Sintered WFO
- Item #BUR011A
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Before I say anything about this board I should mention I am a traditional camber kind of guy and I did not ever really hit park with this board, my style is geared toward big mountain freeride and going to fast for comfort at snowbird. I have never like rocker or hybrid cambers. I have been riding burton boards for a long time and I was wary of this board because of the flat camber. When I got I was riding a custom x and was not very happy with it because it was not at all stiff like the old custom x used to be. I swapped boards with my coach and was incredibly surprised at how stable a flat camber board could be! I honestly could crank out carves on the trickpony better than I could on the custom X and it was just as stable if not more than the custom x, this was also partly due to the fact that the trickpony is a bit wider than the custom x is. The board width was noticeable for someone like me who has sasquatch feet but it didn't affect the turning edge to edge as much as you might think it would. It was still very poppy for a flat camber board and I never had a problem getting air on it or popping over a slow sig- I mean natural feature far away from public trails ;)... of course I would never be so reckless on a snowboard! It was relatively damp and like any board I noticed it losing its pop and stiffness and becoming more dead after probably 50-60 days on it (did I mention I was hard on boards?.. and that yes I did end up breaking this one) out of a 100+ days a year. That shouldn't be too big of an issue, I continued to ride it after that quite a bit. Rode it switch, landed switch, popped switch no problem. Rode it in powder and it was super fun. Could hold an edge on ice as long as you hadn't trashed the edges on rocks like I had. There are better boards for park that Burton makes but if you are looking for a board mostly for freeriding and all mountain capabilities that you could take in the park if you wanted too then yes this will do that fine. Other board you may want to look at that are similar are the Burton Custom or even Maybe a custom x. Custom X is not for a beginner but it also isn't as intense of a board as they claim it to be. This is a pretty great all mountain board and I was pleasantly surprised. Also this is based on last years board, but I don't think anything major has changed. Still the same camber profile
Freestyle Powder Deck
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
This was designed to be a power/freeride deck, and it is. With the contact points extended out, and a scooped pointed nose and tail, this thing is the ultimate board to do anything. I will stress that the "all mountain designation" is not befitting of most boards, as you usually sacrifice something somewhere. This is not the case with this one. It really floats like a pow stick and carves groomers well, to get you back down without any surprises. This is basically the non-tapered version of the Landlord, without the Dragonfly core, and hybrid, not flat top It accomplishes pretty close to the same ride with different technologies. If you like to attack pow in freestyle, this is the shit!
Your everyday whip
This board is great! It is stiffer than I expected which is nice because I was looking for more of an all mountain charger board. But it's a great everyday day board and holds its own in crap conditions, groomers, park, powder, it does it all.