Snowboard Review: 08-09 Burton Uninc

18 Nov, 2008

2008-2009 Burton Uninc

Location: Loveland, Colorado

Snow Conditions: Snowing with hardpacked groomers to icy groomers to fresh snow on the runs.

Setup: I rode the Burton Uninc with Burton Escapades EST and my Vans Omni Focus size 8.

First Impression: This isn’t the same uninc from last year.

Size: 155cm

Weight: lighter side of average.

Flex: Despite it being labeled as a park board, I like the directional flex it offers up making it rideable anywhere on the mountain. From previous years, I thought it stiffened up the flex a bit making it a more stable. I found it a little harder to press than the tail than last years uninc.

Turning: Riding the uninc is predictable and smooth and I had no problems with initiating a turn and holding it through the arc whether it was a short radius turn or long radius. It’s a consistent ride and that’s regular and switch. I’ll say one thing, I like riding the ICS boards and the EST bindings and that connected feeling during riding. With the combo of the escapades and the uninc, I had quick response and smooth easy riding on the conditions.

Stable: The uninc handles the whole mountain. By the time I got on it, it was getting icy on the runs and I had no problems with holding an edge on the uninc. It’s one of the few boards that I always feel confident riding it, because it won’t surprise me in the ride…it’s stable but fun to ride. I had no problem with holding an edge through the choppy crud and through little bits of powder left on the runs.

Pop: No problems popping off the tail and one of the fewer boards that I spent more time ollie’ing with.

Switch: I had no problems riding switch on the uninc, I thought the flex would make it different but I honestly didn’t notice a difference when I took to switch.

Overall Impression: I would have liked to ride the 159cm versus the 155cm but I still felt fine on the smaller size for me. I noticed the change in flex from last years right away, still a fun board but just a tad stiffer and new shape in the nose and tail. I’m guessing on a powder day it’ll come in handy, but I didn’t deal with any powder more than 1 inch so I didn’t notice a difference.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I was bummed that the uninc had changed from last year, I really think last years was such a fun do everything board and so this years was kind of a letdown for me just because I really liked last years. It’s still a good board but for me preference, last years was more my style.

On-snow Photos

Burton Uninc Description
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For more information on the Burton Uninc go to Burton’s website.

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  1. hoon
    November 18, 2008

    this sums up the uninc each season to me: “it’s stable but fun to ride”

  2. VancityAllie
    November 18, 2008

    Great review! I was thinking about the Unic but now I think I’m going to go with the Malolo or the Lipstick. Are you planning on reviewing those at all?

    Love your site!

  3. Shayboarder
    November 21, 2008

    Totally Hoon…it’s one of my favorite boards to ride…be bummed to see it go.

    VancityAllie…those are two very different boards. Malolo is the freestyle powder specific board, while the lipstick is the new women’s reverse camber. I’ve rode the hero which is the men’s reverse camber.

    Feel free to shoot me an email with your riding style, riding type, boot size, weight and I’ll help you find a board from Burton that’ll suit you.

  4. Maverick153
    November 26, 2008

    I just rode the Uninc with the Uninc bindings the other day. It is an amazing board, I could not believe how much pop it had. I swear it is spring loaded in the tail.