Snowboard Review: 08-09 Burton Fix

26 Feb, 2008

2008-2009 Burton Fix

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.

Size: 158cm

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.

On-snow Photos

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.

Burton Fix Description
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  1. Chello
    March 04, 2008

    I’ve ridden the Fix in both a 155 and 158. The 58 was a demo model, and the 55 was a display model and I’m not sure if demo/display plays into it, but the 58 was like a riding a 2×4 compared to the 55. It almost felt like an entirely different board. The board in general is totally awesome. Perfect for getting buttery.

    Our Burton rep said that new Blender is supposed to be like the Fix. Funny thing, I RAVED about the Blender before I found out it was the Women’s fix. I just wish the Blender had ICS. Even though I have a size 10 boot, I’m not a fan of the mid-wide. It makes edge to edge carving not as quick as I would like.

    I’m babbling now…. :] It’s nice to hear reviews from the female point of view.

    One last thing. I also read your review on the 09 Lexas. WOW, the women’s EST is amazingly better that the standard for last year.

  2. Shayboarder
    March 04, 2008

    Thanks Chello for the awesome comment! I’ll have the chance to ride the Fix again this weekend so I will definitely try the 155cm and probably the 158cm again to get a better view of both of them. Great for your input!

    Glad you enjoy the reviews, definitely a lack of women’s views on snowboarding and reviews by women out there.

    Yeah I’m really looking forward to the lexas for 09. Definitely a binding that I would consider picking up.

  3. Anonymous
    March 28, 2008

    hey shay, great review.
    i was thinking of jsut getting a series 13 X8 for next season with the 15% softer option for a play around board but the more i hear about the Fix the more im leaning towards getting one of them next season.

    i’ve had a look around and cant find if you managed to have another ride on the FIX and made another review.

    would like to hear your opinion on the other sizes they have and if they are softer.

    im pretty small so was looking into the 49 or 52 Fix but wanted to ask (i know you shouldnt ask a female this but) what weight and height you are so i can compare (guess) how it would be for me.

    im living in london so dont get to go to any demo days 🙁

  4. Shayboarder
    March 31, 2008

    I haven’t been able to get on the Fix again but hopefully later this season or early next season. I definitely want to try the smaller size to compare.

    I’m definitely a curvier girl, I’m 5’6″ and I weigh 195lbs. The standard board size I ride is a 158cm . In terms of my weight, that board shouldn’t have been stiff for me.

  5. hoon
    April 16, 2008

    hey shay.
    thanks for the link.
    i rode the 161. it was definitely soft. if it was the shorter length i would have been in total noodleville. the fix is definitely super fun and buttery was the name of the game. i really enjoyed how the scoop/rocker gave it a surfy feel when i rode up walls (which would be sweet in pipe to your point, but i didn’t get a chance to try it in the pipe). i’ll keep you posted when i take one out again post-kidney healing.

  6. Shayboarder
    April 17, 2008

    Thanks Hoon for swinging by! Yeah I’m gonna try to get on it again, I really think I rode a different model than released to public. At the time of the on-snow, I watched a guy after me take it out and have a hard time buttering it. I think we somehow got a stiffer version of the Fix.

  7. Anonymous
    July 08, 2008


    I had a question about the Fix. I’m looking to pick up a REALLY BUTTERY board this season, something SUPER SOFT and really easy to press. Obviously, I’d just be using it to mess around on, and use in the park (no big kickers, though). That being said, I was wondering what you think of the fix for this. Or if you have any other suggestions? I’m a girl, but I’m open to men’s or women’s boards. The softer the better!


  8. Shayboarder
    July 10, 2008

    Hey there,

    I’m gonna try to get on the fix again in a smaller size to really judge it. But I didn’t find it as soft as I thought it would be. Personally from the boards I’ve rode, I would say reverse camber boards are the buttery ones.

    For women’s park specific reverse camber for 08-09 I would consider the K2 VaVaVoom Limited Release(thats the one with reverse camber) and the gnu b-street with banana tech.

    For men’s boards the gnu street, lib tech skate banana. I’ve heard the signal park rocker and stepchild jibstick are softer, so possibly those.

    Hope that helps.

  9. hoon
    November 06, 2008

    let me know where i can find said stiffer version of the fix. 😀

  10. Shayboarder
    November 06, 2008

    haha I know…I cannot wait to try it again at the demo so I can re-do this review.

    I still stand by it though and it helps that the guy that had it after me, I watched him try to press it and he had a difficult time and he’s bigger than me!

    But yes…hopefully next week I will re-ride the Fix.

  11. Anonymous
    February 11, 2009

    first off if ur rockin size 8 boots what are u doing ona 158 i have the ozone size 9 but with the est sole they a size 8 and the cartel est on the 152 fix if ur using it for butterin and park why would u demo a 58 lol thats ridiculous especially being a girl and not have the proper strength to flex the deck i dont get it

  12. Shayboarder
    February 13, 2009

    A 158cm is the normal size for me determined by my riding style, weight and preference. I tend to stick to 158’s during demo’s as much as I can. Size 8 women’s on a 25.4 waist width, I’ve done it and it doesn’t bother me since I’m used to riding men’s boards.

    Finally being a girl…I ride men’s boards and have for the past 14 years before women’s boards were even comparable. A board can’t tell if you are male or female, just because I’m female doesn’t mean I can’t ride a men’s board and don’t have the strength to flex a men’s board. I have the weight and have been riding long enough to ride men’s boards comfortably.

  13. Anonymous
    February 22, 2009

    i really love reading your reviews but the white letters on black background is killing my eyes!!!

  14. Shayboarder
    March 01, 2009

    Ah sorry to hear that. The weekly email newsletter that goes out is much more easier on the eyes if the black/white isn’t good for your eyes.

  15. Rodney
    April 16, 2009

    Thanks for the review. Definitely a nice write up. I’m looking to pick up the Fix in the 149 flavor. Already have the Hero in 155 so I’m hoping that the Fix will compliment my quiver nicely as a fun park board.

  16. Anonymous
    April 21, 2009

    Shay, the 158 you rode was actually a Hero in Fix clothing. It was done specifically to see if riders who tried both the 155 and 158 could tell the diff 🙂 Burton can be sneaky!

  17. Shayboarder
    April 30, 2009

    haha well the last comment…that is an interesting one. I didn’t ride the 155 but I know the 158 I rode was a stiffer fix than what went out, would make sense that it was a hero in disguise.

  18. Anonymous
    June 11, 2009

    I'm lost with this board.. Some rave about it, others say its heavy..
    You say it's stiff, hoon says it's a noodle??
    Did we ever get a verdict?

    I'm 6'2 200lbs -very strong and was looking for something to butter, goof around hit boxes etc,, I wanted a 158, now I read your review and this may not fit the bill??

    ON paper, it looks perfect..
    What's your FINAL verdict on this board?

  19. Shayboarder
    June 11, 2009

    Hey Anonymous, I never got the chance to re-ride the Fix this year but it's on the top of my list for next year. It was mentioned above that I could have been riding the hero in fix clothing which I would believe.

    On the fix front, I would say it sounds like the 155 is a lot softer than the 158, and if you are looking for a jib/ butter board then I would size down and go for the 155 which will be that for sure.