Snowboard Review: 08-09 Burton Hero
14 Dec, 2008
Location: Loveland, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Snowing with hardpacked groomers to icy groomers to fresh snow on the runs.
Setup: I rode the Burton Hero with Burton Escapade bindings and my Vans Omni Focus size 8.
First Impression: ooh this is another fun board
Weight: lighter than average
Flex: It felt stiffer underneath and between the bindings, definitely softer nose and tail. I was expecting a really soft board, but got a board that could be rode anywhere…freeriding or freestyle with the flex. Nose and tail were easy to press on.
Turning: Hands down…really good for carving. Probably the most noticeably best for holding an edge, staying stable on the edge and just laying it over. I never felt like I could even get close to catching an edge, which was nice…even in rougher spots. I’ll definitely vouch on PDE (Pressure Distribution Edge) being something to consider, I had some fun with it and never felt like the board was in control (like mtx) and had the rider control but with more increased edge hold.
Stable: I thought it charged, good for just hauling and going fast with. I didn’t feel any squirrely -ness or unstable when riding at all.
Pop: It took time to get used to ollie’ing on it but it was really easy to press and butter the board on the groomers.
Switch: really easy to ride switch on, no problems with the edges catching when going into switch riding and still fun when riding switch.
Powder: I rode it in a very small amount of powder but not enough to judge it. I want to try it on another day in some powder to really test the scoop in some powder.
Overall Impression: I admit I am a fan of the ICS/EST tech for Burton…and this board gives that tech to a reverse camber feel. I felt very attached to the board with good response when riding.
Shay’s Honesty Box: With my only disappointment being the dampening over bumpy chop…the board was a fun fine ride. I can’t wait to see the reverse camber being expanded to other models and what Burton does with it. I wish this board would have kept the under $400 price tag…especially after winning the good wood in that category.
For more information on the Burton Hero go to Burton’s website.