Snowboard Review: 09-10 Burton Lip-stick

12 Jan, 2010

Location: Loveland, CO

Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions on the mountain.

Setup: I rode the Burton Lip-stick with my Burton Lexa bindings and Bonfire Geo boots.

Size: 154cm.

First Impression: A stellar women’s park board that is the definition of playing on the mountain.

Weight: Average

Flex: The Lip-stick was definitely a tad stiffer between the bindings and softer on the nose and a tad stiffer tail making it really an easy ride.  The edge to edge was still quick and you could torsionally flex the board to get into quicker turns but it’s still overall on the soft side of the flex scale and it’s meant for park.  The lip-stick is V-rocker, so a 3-stage rocker with one rocker between the feet and rockers outside of the foot to raise up the contact points.

Turning: The lip-stick is a very easy board to manuever on the mountain, it’s forgiving and easy to go on edge with.  For a park board it handles freeriding decently but I wouldn’t expect to charge and rally turns on this board, it can hold turns on the mountain but the quicker short radius turns felt better for me than the long drawn out S turns.  On edge, it held the board throughout the turn but if I hit some icy spots, I felt the board slip out immediately…wasn’t as good on the icy spots as the Hero or Feelgood V-rocker which surprised me.

Stable: Since I had just rode the feelgood V-rocker in the same size, the lip-stick wasn’t as able for charging or handing icy conditions.  I also didn’t expect it to and while it was a really fun ride, it felt better to actually slow down and enjoy the board than charge on it.  It was probably the worst board for holding an edge on the icy spots which as the last board of the day there were more of them on the mountain.

Pop: The lip-stick has pop and plenty of it, really easy to ollie and felt best landing between the bindings on this board.  The contact points are lifted up so a forgiving ride and I found it ideal for boxes and boardsliding without worrying about catching an edge.  Super easy to press and butter on the lip-stick.

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 had a blast riding the Lip-stick for exactly what it was, a park focused women’s board that could be very playful and fun on the way to the park.  My only complaint was the edgehold which surprised me since I’ve ridden the men’s version, the hero and didn’t encounter problems with the edgehold.  Burton says you can downsize from your normal size and I found that quite true, I’d normally ride a 155-156 for park and I found the 154cm perfect for park lapping without losing a board that can be fun the rest of the way down the mountain.

Shay’s Honesty Box: When the lip-stick was introduced to the market, I was bummed there was only one size but now there’s multiple sizes to choose from.  As a park board, it was one of the most fun women’s park boards I’ve ridden this year and I didn’t want to give it back (always a good sign at demo’s).  It’s not perfect though and I’d only ride it for park laps.
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Burton Lip-stick description


Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a demo day.

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  1. Riley
    January 15, 2010

    Hey Shay I was just at the Super Demo @ Mt. Hood and the Lip-Stick seemed to be very popular among the ladies, great review!

  2. January 18, 2010

    Thanks Riley! Awesome on the super demo that you were there trying gear! Any boards in particular you liked?

  3. Francis
    January 18, 2010

    Hi Shay,

    Are gone have the chance to ride and review the New Burton Flying V soon?

  4. January 18, 2010

    Francis, I’ll be riding 2011 soon so flying v should be in there. I did review the easy living Flying V earlier this year.

  5. Tina
    January 21, 2010

    Hey, this year I bought the lipstick and made the same experience as you did! it’s super super fun to learn new tricks and it’s also realy fun in powder (believe it or not). It really helps me when I didn’t exactly stump a trick! But it’s true, on icy spots there’s now edge hold at all…

  6. Tara
    February 08, 2010

    Hey Shay,
    I just demoed the 2011 w/ Flying V at the Eastern demo at Stratton. I thought it was an extremely rough ride. It seemed like I could feel each individual snowflake on the ground. After 2 runs I couldn’t wait to get it off my feet. I was just curious if you could feel everything that you rode over while on the ’10 board? I was just wondering if maybe that had something to do with the new Flying V. I agree it’s a good play around, jump and spin board but for regular riding, it was horrible!

  7. February 08, 2010

    Tara, interesting to hear what you thought of the flying V! I didn’t really get much chop with the 09-10 lipstick but it definitely didn’t handle as well as the feelgood did for iffy areas of the mountain. I wonder how much is the flying V though, I definitely want to try it now with the flying V to see the difference. Good to hear your input on it!

  8. Jenell =]
    November 28, 2010

    Hey, I was wondering if you know where you can buy the burton lip-stick 2010 right now … I can’t find it anywhere and I really want to buy it.

  9. November 28, 2010

    Jenell, definitely looks like it’s harder to find. Keep checking places like ebay, forum message boards and you might find a used on. Peter Glenn has a 152cm in stock

  10. LU
    June 08, 2011


    Finally saved enough to get my own gear. I’ve had my heart set on the lipstick but it appears from the reviews above that, unless i’m going to give it some good park time, it is not the best option for regular riding (piste or off piste). I’m looking at the 2010-11 model so the quirks mentioned above migth be smoothed out.

    Was suggested to try ollie pop or Kr lunitique instead. Did anyone have any thoughts?

  11. June 08, 2011

    LU, tell more about your riding style, experience and specs like boot size, weight, height.