Snowboard Review: 09-10 Burton Feelgood V-Rocker
17 Dec, 2009
Location: Loveland, CO
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions on the mountain.
Setup: I rode the Burton Feelgood V-rocker with my Burton Lexa bindings and Bonfire Geo boots.
First Impression: The Feelgood and V-rocker go hand in hand, this board is better from it.
Flex: The Feelgood had a softer tail flex with a tad stiffer nose and middle of the road for flex between the bindings, it was easy to torsionally flex the board and the Carbon I-beam gave it more snap and stability. From previous years, the feelgood felt tad softer in the overall flex but that could have been the addition of the rocker that gave it that feeling. It’s still that all mountain freestyle board that I think any rider could ride.
Turning: The feelgood was one of those boards that it can ride as good as the rider, if you need easy turns it’ll do them without catching but if you want to rally on a carve and go faster, it can hold them as well. Despite the slightly wider shape, I didn’t find that being an issue with the edge to edge response on the board. It was a good surprise to see that it could handle the freeriding portion (even though I consider it more all mountain freestyle now). With V-rocker you have center rocker and then tail and tail rocker, it’s not as insane noticeable rocker as you might think but just enough to give the board a playful factor but also when you carve with it, the rocker isn’t going to hurt the riding.
Stable: The slightly wider shape (which I don’t think is that wide) helps with stability, despite riding a 154cm I felt pretty comfortable on the stability of the feelgood. It handled the mountain, rode through choppy areas and held on edge on the icy spots that day.
Pop: The Feelgood had a lot more pop than I was expecting and I just made sure I landed on my bindings when popping off the rollers than in the backseat. In the park, no catching and it was relatively easy to tail press and butter, nose was a little harder.
Switch: Despite it being directional, I didn’t have an issue with going into switch riding from it catching or from how it handled.
Overall Impression: I didn’t have any complaints with the Feelgood V-rocker and it definitely suits the all mountain female rider with a board that can freeride and go into the park. I wasn’t able to try the V-rocker in powder conditions but rocker always helps when it comes to floating better. This was definitely a board I had a hard time giving back to the demo and could have kept riding it all day.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I was impressed with the feelgood on the all mountain factor and it was definitely a board I could ride all the time. I rode the lipstick right after this board which was even more fun to ride but with the park focus (which is what I’ve been trying to do more often). When it came to stability, carving and freeriding the feelgood was the better choice of those two, but when it came to park the lipstick was the more fun option.
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Burton Feelgood V-Rocker description
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.