Snowboard Review: 09-10 Burton Easy Livin Flying V

22 Aug, 2009


Location: Timberline, Oregon

Snow Conditions: Summer slush to hardpacked salted snow

Setup: I rode the Burton Easy Livin Flying V with Burton Escapades and Bonfire Geo boots size 8.

First Impression: It’s definitely not the uninc but I like some of the ride.

Size: 155cm

Weight: average

Flex: One of the first things I noticed was the stiffer tail on the easy livin and a softer torsional flex between the bindings.  I didn’t play too much with the nose flex to see if it was softer than the tail. The stiffer tail made it less easy to press.  The medium flex was more suitable for the mountain freeriding and riding halfpipe than on rails.  The easy livin is Flying V rocker, so a mix of camber and rocker which I found made it a lot less flexible and fun.

Turning: The turning on the Easy Livin surprised me the most, it really did handle the mountain when it came to carving and handling some choppy/slushy conditions with good absorption.  It was predictable in each turn and I didn’t encounter the midwide being an issue with getting quick edge to edge response from it. I’ve liked the ICS/EST system with just feeling very connected to the board and having good response from the bindings to the board.

Stable: The easy livin is a midwide which I found great for being more stable through bumps and choppy because there was more board underneath me but I didn’t feel like it was too wide that I didn’t have control edge to edge.  Despite the snow conditions being slushier, in the halfpipe the easy living held an edge through the more hardpacked snow.  It’s got PDE and that was an improvement from the uninc series.

Pop: Good pop in the tail of the board, which I found great for halfpipe and ollie’ing.  With the stiffer tail it was more difficult to press and butter on the box.  The rocker helped when it came to not catching an edge on boardslides on the box.

Switch: The shape is a true twin but with a directional flex but I didn’t notice a difference when riding switch but I also just took it switch in the halfpipe and for a couple turns so not enough to pick up subtle differences.

Overall Impression: The Easy Livin is the replacement for the uninc board in 09-10 with some added bonuses like PDE giving it better edgehold.  The Easy Livin had it’s ups and downs, I enjoyed how it handled freeriding with it being stable, good edgehold and overall solid for just cruising and bombing runs with.  In the park, with the stiffer tip/tail it made buttering & pressing more difficult but in the halfpipe those downsides were the upsides for charging the pipe walls and feeling good pop and consistent lines.  Is it the uninc, no…is it better or worse? depends on what you want.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I was a fan of the uninc series, I thought they were some of the most fun boards out there to ride and enjoyed riding them every time at demos but I’m on the fence with the easy livin.  It didn’t win me over as much as the uninc had, but I still liked it and want to ride it again.

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On-snow Photos
Burton Easy Living description
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8 Comments

  1. August 22, 2009

    Great review Shay…I always love reading these. Your objectivity is much appreciated. I actually don’t think that I will purchase any more Burton boards in the future just because I have branched out so much in what I demand from a board, and price is one of those factors…the only board I’ve consistently loved from Burton is the women’s Feel Good. I’m not a Burton hater, though…so far their Supremes are the only boots that have really held my heels in, despite trying 6-7 brands of boots over the years. Anyway, now I’m rambling. Thanks for the review!

  2. Mikw
    August 25, 2009

    Hey Shay, thanks for the review. I might actually get the EL-V this year as I have had 3 unincs in the past and always wanted one that can float better in powder….and this might be the one.

  3. Tyler
    August 31, 2009

    Hey Shay, thanks for all the product info… Specially in the off season! Some confusion here though about the Easy Living rocker. I picked up the new Burton catalog today, and it says that the Easy Living rocker will have the “flying v” tech, but the website just says the “v-rocker.” Any ideas? Also have you heard anything about the Danny Kass C2BTX? I’m thinking about switching to a more rockered profile this year, but want something that is twin, park-oriented, but stable- and from the reviews the hybrid cambers seem to do the trick. Any info would be great! Thanks again!

  4. Shay
    August 31, 2009

    Sweet Mikw! Definitely rocker helps in pow, I’ll try to get this board out in powder during the winter.

    Tyler, here’s a better look to check out in regards to the easy living debate.

    The Danny Kass C2 is out already, it’s available at shops online. I haven’t ridden it yet, but on the list for the demos in November.

    Hybrid rocker will offer more stability than just a rocker, do you have any chance to demo the boards early in the season?

  5. scratch
    December 01, 2009

    Thanks for the review Shay. I just received my new EL-FV 155 today, and it has exceeded my expectations. Burton’s website lists this board as having a park fly core, and the sticker on my board says it has a park fly II core. I was also stoked when I found that it has lightning bolts and freestyle scoops. Neither of these EL-FV features are listed on the Burton website or any other site for that matter. I realize the stickers on Burton boards can be inaccurate, but I can see the scoops on the tips of the board. As for the park fly II core and lightning bolts, I don’t know. I live in the midwest, and I have not had a chance to ride it yet. I can’t wait to see how it performs on the ice we have out here.

  6. scratch
    December 17, 2009

    I rode the EL-FV two times thus far on pretty much solid Midwest ice. I can’t describe how awesome this board is. I am 6’1″ and 190 pounds, and the 155 is perfect. It has a lot of pop. It holds an edge perfectly at high speeds while riding switch or regular. I also love how catch free the board is. When I am tired of flying through tree runs, I find myself just spinning effortlessly down easier runs. The board is really stable and the never catches an edge. I don’t see myself purchasing another board for a while.