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Aggression without the catch.
For riders unaware of the original Custom X's aggro personality, let's just say it's not for the faint of heart, threatening to toss you off balance with the unrelenting aggression of tip-to-tail camber matched with a highly responsive flex. Broadening its appeal to a wider variety of riders, the Burton Custom X Flying V replaces the catchy feel of camber with the catch-free personality and superior float of a Flying V profile. The reworked Custom X Flying V certainly isn't mellow or beginner-friendly, retaining the snappy-stiff flex of the original Custom X. However, it does alleviate many of the pitfalls inherent to the original version, especially for us mere mortals not possessing the scalpel-like precision and beastly strength needed to pilot the fully cambered Custom X.
The Flying V profile places a generous rocker between the bindings, allowing more effortless float across deep, untracked powder. Rockered transitions at the tip and tail take the bite off the original Custom X, preventing you from unexpectedly catching an edge and tumbling down the mountain. It does retain camber underneath the bindings, allowing you to turn quickly between trees and snap off the lip of natural hits and cliff drops. Frostbite edges extend ever-so-slightly underneath the bindings, digging into variable snow and ice where rocker-dominant boards usually struggle.
State of the art is an understatement when it comes to the board's Dragonfly core. This core is incredibly lightweight without sacrificing one ounce of strength, courtesy of robust, yet feathery end-grain wood placed in high-impact zones. Squeezebox High core profiling lends instantaneous response and ferocious snap by placing carbon fleece into thicker zones just outside the bindings. 45° Carbon Highlights High Voltage act as a snappy-stabilizing backbone, with a tip-to-tail carbon layer and integrated carbon strands within the fiberglass matrix.
- Aggressive all-terrain ride with better float and less catch
- Flying V profile is more catch-free than pure camber
- Directional shape excels at riding steeps and powder
- Medium-stiff flex provides stability at high speeds
- Dragonfly core saves weight without sacrificing strength
- 45° Carbon Highlights High Voltage for snappy response
- Sintered WFO base is wax-infused for quick glide
- Burton brings 39 years of R&D to its iconic boards
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- Q & A
Custom X has come a long way
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Skiing since the late 70's and snowboarding since 1990 all over NA, SA and EU, own the first Custom X from long long ago, not even sure how long ago. Could it be 2004 that I got that board? It is old, but my other one that I still have is a Rippey from 1998, so it seemed time to get a new one after riding a rental in FR/CH last year - a nitro I think, dunno.
Anyhow, this board is definitely the descendant of that old deck I have in the basement. It is so light and loves to cruise. There is so much to say positive about the board, but you know, it is silly to go on too much about it because you's expect as much from a Custom X.
Some of the things I noticed:
1 - a little to much flex for me in a full on carve, I know the kids today live to jump and whatever, but I'm from the lean-it-full-over camp. There were a couple times the flex caused me to have to pull up. Burton Safari anyone :)
2 - I'm going to chalk this one up to having a sharp edge for the first time in decades, but I fit find catching an edge happened a bit more often than I'm used to, again not sure if that is really the board or me.
3 - but whistler has lots of cat tracking, where having a detuned edge is a life saver. I'm going to say that the Flying V helped here because I could just cruise along on those tracks without a worry.
4 - I know it isn't supposed to be the best powder board, but I just moved the bindings back a little and loved it through the trees after a couple snow falls. No issues there.
Went over some small cliff, unexpectedly, and managed to get a grip with the board near the bottom, and shoot out the side of the fall line, then off into the trees. Slightly frightening, but hey that's what I get for thinking, hmmm why has no one ridden over there....
So I'm guessing it lived up to the all-mountain designation! HAHA
Thanks to Jason Setser at Backcountry for his help.