Snowboard Review: 08-09 Burton Love
19 Jan, 2009
Location: Loveland, Colorado
Snow Conditions: Snowing with hardpacked groomers to icy groomers to fresh snow on the runs.
Setup: I rode the Burton Love with Burton Cartels and my Vans Omni Focus size 8.
First Impression: This is the only board that has ever made me smirk just thinking about dirty looks on the mountain and destroying young eyes with board graphics.
Flex: Despite it being a park board, I found the flex good for everything on the mountain. Medium flex overall that held up when riding groomers and could still flex the nose and tail for playing with. It would have been fun to take it in the halfpipe and maybe next weekend if I can demo it for the halfpipe. Felt stiffer under the bindings with decent torsional give and take on it.
Turning: It was quick and easy to turn with the deeper sidecut, I had no problems with quick response from toe edge to heel edge and could really just play with it on turns. It was fine on the icy spots holding an edge.
Stable: It was the last run with some icy conditions in spots and barely anyone on the mountain so I had some fun just riding fast with it which it could handle. I was a little surprised that the flex absorbed so well in some choppy, cruddy conditions and it did.
Pop: I didn’t think it had much pop to it, I wouldn’t use the board for playing around either.
Switch: The love is true twin with a true twin flex, it had no problems with riding switch.
Overall Impression: It was the last board of the day which meant it had high standards of other boards to live up to and it was an enjoyable ride. I wasn’t blown away by it but it was rideable outside of the park and pipe.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I probably wouldn’t have rode the Love if it wasn’t for the controversial graphics and seeing what it actually rode like. Quite frankly because of the graphics it helped sell a board that I didn’t find extraordinary or a disappointment…middle of the road average board that now just sold out thanks to the graphics.