Snowboard Review: 08-09 Burton Fix
26 Feb, 2008
Location: Keystone, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Overcast and cold with hard packed groomed runs.
Setup: I rode the Burton Fix with Burton Lexa EST and my Vans Omni Focus size 8. Looking at the photos now, I am setback on the Fix with more nose than tail during the demo.
First Impression: I was expecting a softer flexing board that is easy to butter similar to the banana or rocker boards…and the fix was not in those categories. I believe I rode a stiffer fix than what is going to be released to the public.
Weight: Average but on the lighter side of average.
Flex: The fix is stiffer between the bindings making it overall a stiffer board that I expected. I found it to be a medium flex board, not very stiff but definitely not a soft noodle on the mountain. I didn’t find the tail to be soft when I would butter and tail press with it. I didn’t test out the nose for presses but I didn’t notice the nose being too soft when riding.
Turning: Had no problems holding an edge and carving on this fix. It was torsionally stiffer than I expected and with the pop, you could really carve it up, initiating each turn and pop into the next turn. It was really fun to do slash turns with the board in true surfer style on the mountain. I took it in a little side run with some powder and it held afloat just fine.
Stable: I was surprised by how stable this board was on groomers and holding speed. The mid wide shape definitely gives it more stability when riding and I didn’t question that it couldn’t handle speed through the groomers.
Pop: This board has no problem with pop. Whether it was just popping ollies on the flat groomers or riding pipe and popping 180′s and 360′s, the board was super fun with pop. It didn’t butter as easily as I would have thought. I thought it was me as a rider, then I saw a guy bigger than me with the Fix later in the day…I watched him try to butter the board and he was having a hard time buttering it. I was riding the 158cm Fix which is generally the size I ride everywhere.
Switch: When I was riding switch on it, it felt grabby on the toe edge only which surprised me for a true twin.
Pipe: I actually liked how the Fix rode in the pipe, still held an edge and the pop was great for riding pipe.
Overall Impression: I was kind of blown away by how the Fix rode. I was expecting it to be like the catalog, a softer flexing park board and in my opinion it wasn’t. It was a fun board, not as fun as the uninc in my opinion but definitely a different ride with the scoop tech. I think it still needs to be worked on to make it more buttery like the banana and rocker boards since it will be compared to them. In terms of flex, I totally disagree that it’s a noodle or a 3 on the burton flex.
Side Note: I’m going to re-try the Fix hopefully towards the end of this season to see if the model I had demo’d was a stiffer release. I’m still surprised by how stiff it rode to me.
Other Reviews: I am going to put other reviews up because this is one confusing board.
Here is Hoon’s review of the Burton Fix. Not sure what size he rode but it’s another review and it also makes me question the Fix Flex released at demos this year.
Here is Marc’s review of the Burton Fix. He rode a 155cm Fix at Whistler during the late season demo’s.
Shay’s Honesty Box: You can bet your ass i’m riding this board again…it’ll be one of the first on my list in 2 sizes to ride, 155 and 158cm. Only because I really hate this review that I wrote because quite contrary to what it says in the description…I had the complete opposite opinion and I hate that.
In this image from SIA, the Fix boards in the center. You can see each some of the color topsheet that will be done. The colors are pink, blue, yellow and green. I rode the yellow topsheet Fix which is a 158cm.