Snowboard Review: 08-09 Burton Eco Nico

12 Dec, 2008

2008-2009 Burton Eco-Nico

Location: Loveland, Colorado

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

Setup: I rode the Burton Eco-nico with Burton Escapade bindings and my Vans Omni Focus size 8.

First Impression:  It looks sweet, lets see how the green ride is.

Size: 156cm

Weight:  average 

Flex:  It’s just a tad less stiff than the Custom X but with a similiar shape.   Definitely felt heavier than the custom x I have rode previously.   I was surprised that the tail was stiffer than I expected, harder to butter on the board.  Overall, less stiff torsionally with a stiffer longitudinal flex.   

Turning:  Definitely a charger board, but held a good arc for turning.  You could lay it on edge, with the more aggressive sidecut I got a quick response on turns.  I didn’t need to put as much effort into each turn and let the board do the work while staying stable and in control.  

Stable: For hauling fast on and just bombing runs with, I had a lot of fun on the board.  Very stable ride on the groomers.  The only time I felt it wasn’t stable was on really icy conditions, it wasn’t as grippy as other boards I had rode by Burton during the demos. 

Pop: I wouldn’t have used this board for tricks, it didn’t have a lot of noticeable pop and it wasn’t easy to press/butter with.

Switch:  Directional feel, I wouldn’t ride switch with it that often and just did a couple small turns with it switch.

Powder:  I took it in a couple smaller powder spots but nothing to really judge it on.  

Overall Impression:   Really I can compare it a lot to the custom x, similiar ride to that board but not as light and I think the custom x handles ice a lot better.  Overall the board was a good ride but the main draw is the environmentally friendly part of the board.  I think it still could use work, to make it better and as good as the Custom X.  

I honestly didn’t take note of the base but I didn’t notice it being any faster or slower than the other boards of the day.

Shay’s Honesty Box:  I wanna go ride this board for 09-10 to see how it is improved upon…for the first year it’s a good green board for charging but I’d like to see it become even better.

On-Snow Photos

Burton Eco Nico Description

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