Snowboard Review: 09-10 Burton Malolo

25 Mar, 2009

Location: Keystone, Colorado

Snow Conditions: Overcast with hardpacked groomers.

Setup: I rode the Burton Malolo with Burton Scribe EST bindings and my Rome Vamps size 8.

First Impression: Impressive on groomers

Size: 158cm

Weight: Didn’t notice the weight at the time

Flex: I’ve seen that you should ride a smaller size in the malolo, I rode my typical all mountain size and it was perfect for me. I could however see riding this same size in powder and having it hold up which would mean the smaller size recommendation. The malolo is still a stiffer board, stiffer tail, softer nose (hello nose buters) and with the S-rocker the nose is already up, making it easy to float and easy to butter. I found like 3 inches of crusty powder to take it in, not much but I know this board floats and with the S-rocker just a bit more fun.

Turning: The Malolo for 09-10 features the S-rocker, Burton’s rocker on the powder specific boards but still capable of handling groomers. The best turns were really long drawn out S turns, really smooth and solid. The best part was it was early morning and I had runs to myself with the malolo and could really just go fast making long S turns on it. The shorter radius turns were still do-able, I could get the board into quicker response but the longer turns were the bread and butter on this board.

Stable: I never felt unstable with this board on the hardpacked groomers, held an edge and stable during going faster. It was the first board of the morning which meant no one on the runs and I could go faster with it than other boards, it did fine. I wasn’t able to ride this board through choppy conditions to get a taste of how it handled there.

Pop: Didn’t even try with the malolo.

Switch: The malolo is set back, still rideable switch but definitely noticeable when riding. I just made a couple turns with it switch and rode back to normal. Not a board I’d want to ride switch all the time.

Overall Impression: I was impressed, best word to describe how I felt about the malolo. Overall a really good riding board and I knew it could handle powder so I didn’t worry about having to find some, just enjoyed the groomers with this board. The best riding with it was arc’d out really long S turns, you could really lay out each turn and hold an edge.

Shay’s Honesty Box: The reason I rode the malolo was because I’ve had a lot of people ask how this board does on groomers…obviously a board for powder but is it worth it to buy when the powder turns are done, can I hit up groomers and my answer is yes, it handles groomers. Finally I rode the men’s malolo which comes in more sizes, the women’s malolo comes in a 149cm and 154cm, offering up a powder board for the smaller women or women that want to size down on it like recommended.

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  1. DC
    March 25, 2009

    Kinda glad I didn’t buy any of this year’s Malolo’s on sale. Next year’s graphics look way better! Love that base.

  2. Paul
    March 26, 2009

    Why would anyone need Malolo for groomers? I guess the also need a Dominant board for neck deep powder and a Fish for euro-carving. Yeah right

  3. hoon
    March 26, 2009

    Keep in mind the 154 is also available for women. Looks like you got your descriptions? Sorry been neck deep in work.

  4. Shayboarder
    March 26, 2009

    Paul, I got a lot of requests for people wondering how the malolo would ride on groomers. Obviously it’s a board meant for powder but a lot of people want a board that can ride powder and not have to be switched out when the runs get tracked out. Anyway, I was glad to take out the board and just ride it on groomers to answer the questions about it.

    Thanks Hoon!

  5. Anonymous
    March 27, 2009

    Hi Shay,

    Thanks for the review. I wonder if you know how the Malolo 158cm compared to the Never Summer Summit 161cm. I usually ride a 08 uninc for all mountain. I’m thinking of getting the next year 158cm Malolo if it provide better response than the Summit.


  6. mi_canuck
    March 27, 2009

    Sweet review… Thnx Shay!

    The ’10 Malolo looks sick… I’m pretty sure I’m gonna pick one up next season for pow days… The new S-rocker will make it even better! Loving the plain white topsheet and minimal but colourful base.


  7. Anonymous
    March 27, 2009

    FYI…This, along with the Custom X, is one of Burton’s best stick..

    A freeride/powder demon..

  8. VancityAllie
    April 03, 2009

    Dear Miss Shay… guess what I bought?!?!?! 😉 (finally)

  9. Shayboarder
    April 03, 2009

    Ahh sweet! What size did you get?

  10. goride
    September 07, 2009

    how do you think this board will stack up against the gyrator, turbodream, notch 1985, and sick stick for mostly resort pow riding in between trees.

    I rode the burton hero all last year and loved the surfy feel and quick and effortless edging in between the trees but want a lil more float.

    Any suggestions?

  11. September 16, 2009

    I’m looking for a pure powder board. Malolo, Fish, others?

  12. September 16, 2009

    Goride, I believe we’ve been talking in the chatbox about those boards. I’d remove the turbo dream since that’s more all mountain freestyle versus the other boards you mentioned that are pow specific. I’ve ridden the gyrator and owned it, ridden the malolo and will own it this year and ridden the sick stick. If you want the surfy feel the sick stick has that, the gyrator has that but more effort in the trees and malolo has that…not sure about the notch since I haven’t ridden it.

    Heliski, Pure powder board consider the Fish, Gyrator, Banana Hammock. You have a bunch of options to consider.