Snowboard Review: 10-11 Burton Feelgood Flying V

18 May, 2010

Location: Breckenridge, CO

Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions on the mountain.

Setup: I rode the Burton Feelgood Flying V with Burton Lexa bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.

Size: 155

First Impression: This is the perfect board for Flying V, all-around riding for any level female rider

Weight: Average

Flex: I noticed the flex was stiffer than last year’s V-rocker and not as playful but it made up for it with stability and charging the runs.   Softer flex between the feet, tad stiffer tip and tail and stiffer underfoot where the camber zones were located.  It was still easy to torsionally flex the board and you got quick edge to edge response but once on edge, the carbon I-beam helped it rally through a carve with stability.  It felt more like a freeride board than in previous years but with a all mountain handling.  The Flying V gives it reverse camber, V-rocker between the feet, underneath your feet are camber zones and rocker outside your feet to the tip and tail.

Turning: My notes had a couple exclamation points when it came to carving, the feelgood flying V was quick edge to edge and once on edge, you could really power through a carve on the slopes.  It really held an edge through S turns and if you wanted shorter quick turns the feelgood had no problems with giving them to you.  It was very stable each turn and I never felt the board wash out of a turn.  It definitely impressed for it’s carving handling on the mountain especially in some of the more hardpacked/icy spots.

Stable: The switch to Flying V definitely made the Feelgood a lot more stable of a ride down the mountain with the mix of reverse camber.  Through some choppy conditions, it charged and never felt bounced around.  On icy spots, it held an edge and you never felt it lose it’s stability in the sketchy stuff.

Pop: Good amount of pop in the tail and with the flying V which came in handy for halfpipe and popping ollies off the rollers.  The addition of flying V made it more stable and better pop than the V-rocker.  In the park and playing around, still able to butter and press but wasn’t as easy as V-rocker.

Switch: The feelgood flying V has a directional shape but twin flex.  Riding switch had a little catchiness but overall just something to adjust to and still very capable of riding switch down the mountain.

Overall Impression: Welcome to the next generation of feelgood riders, all mountain handling that you can take from pow to the park with no limitations.  The feelgood with flying V was a perfect match and it gave the board some added perks to improving the ride for women.

Shay’s Honesty Box: So far this has been a favorite women’s board for all mountain handling and riding.  It definitely made me finally love the Flying V and feel like it was a great way to enhance the feelgood legacy.

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Burton Feelgood Flying V description

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

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  1. Dazma
    May 21, 2010

    Great board …. pity the graphics are atrocious!!

  2. Laura
    November 28, 2010

    Hi Shay,
    great review! I’m sort of an intermediate rider and i can’t decide if i should get this or the rome vinyl. some say this board is a good progressive board like the vinyl while others say it’s more of an expert board. i plan on keeping the board for a while so i don’t know whether to get a good mellow board that i can easily progress on now, or one that’s a little more aggressive. is there a big difference between the two? and which one would be better in the long run?

  3. November 28, 2010


    it’s definitely an intermediate board, I wouldn’t say it’s expert…the women’s supermodel is expert but the feelgood is more intermediate in my opinion. The vinyl is a really forgiving mellow ride on the mountain, definitely a great board to learn with and the feelgood would be a tad more aggressive. Really depends on you and how often you’ll be riding, how quick you learn. If you want a board to last but also be more aggressive and challenge your riding, the feelgood. If you don’t ride as often and just want to enjoy the mountain with something more forgiving, the vinyl.

  4. Ash
    December 15, 2010

    Hey Shay,

    Awesome reviews, most helpful I’ve found online yet. I’m tossing up between the lipstick flying v and the feel good flying v. I currently own the K2 fling but found it slipping when I was carving, mainly on toe edge, I don’t know if that’s because my style was off or if it was the board itself or even the binding angles. (no clue)

    I’m leaning towards the lipstick solely for the graphic when compared to the feelgood. I want a good all rounder board, this season I really advanced in mtn riding progressing to black runs but didn’t get into park. I want to start on park next season. I also want a board that suits powder so I can take it to Japan.

    So my question to you is… am I making a mistake getting the lipstick? should I get over the graphic and go feelgood? or should I just stick to my K2 fling for now?

    I feel like my fling is a bit short and the stance is thus short so to upgrade to the Burton channel binding system would be pretty cool.

    Unfortunately I’m still rather novice at board technology but am learning.



  5. December 15, 2010

    Hi Ash!

    Thanks so much, glad to hear the reviews are helpful! I think picking a board based on graphics will get you the wrong board and a risky move most of the time. From your list, I’d say the feelgood is the better choice and you’ll probably find the lipstick very similiar to the fling. Might not be as slipping but the feelgood is more all mountain than the lipstick.

    Just a couple q’s…whats your weight, height, boot size and what size fling are you riding?

    It’s good you are learning, there’s so much in board tech that it’s overwhelming but rad when you want to learn more about your gear.

  6. Ash
    December 15, 2010

    Hey Shay,

    Thanks for the reply. Also what you said in your review about the lipstick struggling on ice is not good considering I’m an aussie and unfortunately have to deal with ice… a lot.

    I’m 5’8″, 63 kg, boot size US 10 (I know big feet haha), the fling I’m riding is 149.

  7. RJ
    December 18, 2010

    Burton makes the worst products ever! Don’t buy this piece of garbage.

  8. Kiran
    December 20, 2010

    Hi Shay!
    Thanks for the great reviews! Definitely helped me narrow down board choices.. I just picked up the feelgood flying V this past weekend in Killington and absolutely LOVE it! Can’t wait to ride this baby out west.

  9. December 20, 2010

    Ash, definitely if you keep your fling, the feelgood would be a good other board to have for the mountain freeriding and if you go into park more, the feelgood will handle. You could also look at another brand like roxy or gnu which has mtx for the icy days to help you out.

    Kiran, awesome to hear!!!!! Keep killing it!

  10. Mae
    December 20, 2010

    Hi Shay!

    This isn’t related to the review but more towards the previous comments. I currently have the k2 moment and this is my 3rd season riding. I feel like I’ve outgrown my board and would like to move on to a more progressive board. I’m looking between the Rome Vinyl or the K2 Fling. I’m starting into parks but I like to shred all over the mountain. I’m a bit wary of speed but would like to charge the mountain more and be a little aggressive. I live in the eastcoast and conditions aren’t perfect all the time. What would you recommend between the two? And just in case what kind of other board would you recommend for me that is mid-range priced?

  11. Lisa
    December 22, 2010

    Thanks for your reviews. I’m looking for a good powder board. I ride the burton feelgood 2010 140. I’m 5″0, 115″ and can ride single black diamonds easily, working on doubles. I ride at Mammoth (all powder now!) freeride, no park. I demo’d the 144 in a storm last year and it handled great. I’m considering getting the Flying V 144 or Arbor push. What would you recommend?

  12. December 24, 2010

    Mae, Definitely if you feel you’ve outgrown it and are ready for the next level, then go for it. Really it depends on you, both the boards are more park freestyle boards so they will be softer and won’t be as stable for charging. If you are looking for more all mountain boards, there are others that might be better suited. What’s your price range?

    Lisa, Sick on riding Mammoth! Loving the mtn so much especially all the powder we’ve had! 144cm would be closer to the right size for your weight and the reverse camber option would help in float. Unless you are able to demo the push, I’d say go for the board you already know you like and have ridden, the feelgood144cm.

  13. Mae
    December 26, 2010

    Thanks for your input Shay! I don’t really have too big of a budget, but since it’s my second board, I’m kind of trying to stay mid-range, say around $250 – $400?

    Thanks again!!

  14. December 28, 2010

    Mae, Yeah both boards are over $400, push is cheaper than the feelgood. Ebay has last year’s v-rocker feelgood less than $400 and a couple flying V’s in your size with no bids so maybe watch those.

  15. nolo
    January 03, 2011

    How sturdy are the bindings on the feelgood flying V? I just checked it out at a local board shop and the plastic peice that secures to the board seems like it could be flimsy or snap off. Other than that this board looks perfect

  16. Lisa
    January 03, 2011

    Shay, your reviews are very helpful! I love having a girl’s perspective!

    I was just up in Mammoth again and rode Wednesday during the storm (when only chair 8 was open) and Thursday. I normally ride the 2010 Burton Feelgood 140, am only 5″0, and weigh 115#. I demo’d the Arbor Push 148 cm, Burton Flying V (tried my friend’s 155 during that storm), and Burton Fortress (151 because they didn’t have the 147). It was a little tough for me to judge if it was the powder, length, or board but I thought the Flying V was the most responsive. I still love the look and feel of the Arbor Push. Both come in 144 so I was seriously considering both boards. What do you think is better for just freeriding? I didn’t know if I should also try out the Never Summer Lotus but the shortest is a 146. I’m itching to pick up a longer board since I’m headed back up to Mammoth in just over a week. I’m SO jealous you moved there!!! Lucky you!

  17. Heather
    January 08, 2011

    Hello, I am an east coast rider and I ride on a lot of really bad terrain. I have always been on the Feelgood 149(traded the 156 in years ago for the 149).. I have found the shorter boards work great for me. I am 5’6 and 130lbs. Last year at the Burton Factory tent sale I picked up a 146 Supermodel which they no longer make just to experiment. I love the new binding system and the pop that I am getting with this board. It is excellent. I would like to purchase the newer V Feelgood next year but am wondering if it is anything like the Supermodel which I love. Thanks for your review. I found it very helpful. I read that the V is better for park which I NEVER do at age 46! I want to ride on trails, woods, and powder. Thanks for any advise!

  18. January 08, 2011

    Nolo, the EST and Burton binding system is sturdy or else you’d see hundreds of thousands of bindings coming back for warranty. But it’s one thing to try for yourself. See if your shop has a demo board/binding you can try out.

    Lisa, thanks! Definitely the size difference between the boards would make a difference in how they handled for you. 144/146 isn’t that much difference so you could try the lotus to see how you like that but I think between the push and feelgood flying V, you’ve got two great choices. Push is more freeriding suited than the feelgood but depends if you want camber vs reverse camber.

    Heather, Sweet you like shorter boards. Supermodel is a lot more aggressive and stiffer than the feelgood. So depends on what you are looking for in terms of a board next year.

  19. Lynne
    January 23, 2011

    Hiya Shay
    ooh decisions, decisions……
    I’m over in Colorado for a season i have waited 15 years to do ! and what a season, it just keeps dumping ;o) ;o)
    I’ve been riding for years and love the powder, the fast fast groomers and in the trees etc. I have friends in Scotland who own a shop so have acquired a good few boards over time. I currently ride a Ride Vista 148 which I use all over the mountain. I also have a Burton Cascade 158 which I use for waist deep powder days. I’m 5’2″ and 120lbs, size 8 boots. I was recently given a Burton Feelgood ES 154 (with funky EST bindings on ;o), which I am kind of at a loss with. Because I have a full season (as opposed to the usual 7 day holiday) I want to get into the park. I also want to rationalise my board collection. What sizes of board would you suggest if I was to go one board for park and one for all mountain??

    Apologies for that long email, all advice greatfully received,

  20. January 24, 2011


    Sweet on the Colorado riding, it’s definitely great when it’s good there. I’d go with a board in between your two sizes, 148 to 158. Probably a 152-154cm would be good for your all moutain size but that’s depending on you and what you ride more often. Have you ridden the feelgood ES yet? I’d see how you like that board and size first.

  21. Lynne
    January 25, 2011

    Hiya Shay,
    rode the 154 yesterday and it was sweet. Its so ridiculously stable! just stand flat and let that baby run. Felt every bump though, but maybe that’s because I was actually concentrating ! Loved the bindings though, comfy straight out the pack. think that’s a first for me ;o) (they are Scribe EST’s).
    Think I’ll stick with the Feelgood ES for all day on the mountain and buy a wee cheap park board for the rough icy cold days when I will force myself to play in the park.
    Cheers for your reply

  22. andrea
    February 21, 2011

    Hi Shay –
    I currently ride a Solomon Ivy 149. I’m 5’2.5 (yes half), weigh 110 and wear size 6.5 boot.
    I rode a 149 Feelgood FV on a pretty big powder day and loved it … mostly bc i could PLOW through anything and manage to stay up right.
    I’m looking at buying this board and would appreciate your advice on size. Burton sizing says I could buy anywhere from a 140-149. My husband thinks the 144 is a good size for me but it sounds small.

    I’m looking for an all mt board that can also be used for powder days. I want a speedy board, that handles well in all weather conditions, NOT interested in the park/bumps. What size feelgood FV would you suggest? Are there other boards you’d recommend I demo? I’m a solid intermediate rider living in CO, skiing Vail on weekends.
    big thanks!

  23. February 22, 2011


    Sweet to hear!

    Andrea, if you rode the 149 and loved it, i’d suggest staying with that size versus sizing down where you might find the shorter size not as stable. You already know you love that board so definitely the best purchase.

  24. Toni Aguiar
    February 24, 2011

    Hi Shay! Your reviews are so helpful! I’m an intermediate-advanced rider. I love blacks but deep moguls can be a challenge sometimes! I’ve never owned a board before but I’m looking for something that I can use for at least several years and that can handle just about anything (except the park). I’m looking at several different boards right now: the Burton Feelgood Flying V, Burton Lipstick (esp the limited edition one), the K2 Lunatique, and the Ride Canvas Matix Rocker 2010. Can you make any suggestions? Price is definitely a factor as well as I’m a student. I’m 5’3.5″ and 115 pounds. If you could make any suggestions or help clarify which board would be best for what, that’d be great! Thanks!

  25. Toni
    February 25, 2011

    Clarification: ride promise, not ride canvas

  26. February 26, 2011

    Toni, thanks so much! If you don’t ride park at all, i’d skip the lipstick which is more freestyle focused. Of that list, I’ve only ridden the feelgood which I definitely think is a long lasting women’s ride everything board. What’s your price range for boards?

  27. Toni
    February 27, 2011

    Well the promise is 320 and the feelgood is 425. So price is a factor but mostly I want the best board for me and for the future, you know? So I want a board with mid flex and a rocker camber hybrid probably

  28. March 01, 2011

    Toni, definitely agree with you there on boards that will last for the future. The promise definitely looks like a good choice but I have no first hand experience on it. Feelgood is a good all around board but also depending what bindings you have, might not be the best choice since you are restricted to burton bindings if you go with the feelgood with ICS.

    Rocker camber hybrid’s you could consider for more advancing freeriding would be Roxy Envi and NS Lotus. I’ve seen both of those boards under $400 if you look on google shopping.

  29. Nicolle
    March 26, 2011

    Hey Shey,

    I’m looking to buy a new board but am not quite sure where to start. I currently ride an 07/08 Salomon Lush 143 with Burton Lexa bindings. I got this board as a gift, and have found even though its a freestyle board, it has kinda lost its pop after riding it for 4 years. I’m 5’1, 105lbs, boot size 7, and have been riding for 11years. I do most of my riding in VT, and am looking for a board that will handle well on icy blacks and in the park. I demo’d the Feelgood Flying V 140 this past weekend and fell in love with it. I loved having a shorter board because felt I had more control. The Feelgood provided just enough pop in the park and handled curves on blacks as well. I’m skeptical whether to purchase this now or to try a few other rocker/camber hybrids out first. I’ve heard some good things about the Salomon Ivy, which also retails at a cheaper price. I don’t mind spending the extra money on the Burton if it’s really worth it, but i feel with Burton you are always paying a little extra for their name. What do you think? Is there any other boards you would recommend?

  30. March 27, 2011


    The best boards are the ones you can try on your own and see if you like them. The Feelgood flying V is a guaranteed love on your end and I wouldn’t second guess it since you might not be able to try the other boards. Flying V is great technology and suits the feelgood so if you already love it, you know you love it. Less of a risk of purchasing. Plus I also agree with you that the feelgood flying V is a good all around board.

  31. Nicolle
    March 28, 2011


    Thank you so much for your response! As I’ve been looking through a number of your reviews, they’ve been extremely helpful. It’s nice to get a girl’s perspective. You’re right, as the season winds down I don’t have much time to try out any other boards and am looking to make a purchase as boards go on sale. Is there any other all-around boards that you would recommend and think are comparable to the feelgood flying v? Also, sorry for making a spelling mistake on your name.

  32. Nicolle
    March 28, 2011

    Also, what do you think of the Rome Lo-Fi rocker in comparison? It has been recognized on Transworld Snowboarding’s “good wood” for 2011 gear.

  33. Jessica
    March 29, 2011

    Hi, Shay!
    I tried the Feelgood Flying V for two days on really icy condition, and loved it. I’m looking to get a new board for the next season, but I’m still wondering what lenght would fit me the best. I’m 5’3 (almost 5’4) and weigh around 120 pounds. I consider myself to be an intermediate rider and I like to ride anything from groomers to glades and muggles. Also, I would like to start trying some parks tricks.. Then, according to you, which size (144 or 149) should I go with? Thanks in advance!

  34. megan
    March 31, 2011

    Hi i own the Lipstick 2010 found it an nightmare on ice, so am thinking of getting the feelgood FLying V 2011, I am 5.7 and 140lbs do you think the 152 is the right size for me, this is the size of my lipstick and it was fine. Did you find the feelgood stable when charging on reds and blacks or sketchy at all, i really want a board to progress onto blacks and charge that mother lol do you think this is the board for me. Thanks

  35. March 31, 2011

    Nicolle, No problem! NS Infinity is comparable, k2 eco pop, roxy ollie pop, are just a couple. I haven’t ridden the lofi rocker yet to compare but I think going with the board you love already is the best choice.

    Megan, I agree with you there! The feelgood handles better on ice than the lipstick. 152cm would be fine with your weight and no adjustment since you already rode that size. The feelgood is much more stable than the lipstick but depends how fast you want to charge, you could look into the women’s supermodel if you want totally aggressive.

  36. March 31, 2011

    Jessica, awesome you tried it out and loved it! What size did you try? 149cm suits your weight fine, 144 would be on the small size but easier for park so really depends on you.

  37. Debbie
    April 10, 2011

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge Shay.
    I’m thinking of getting a feelgood flying V 2011. I’m 5’2, 110lb & size 6 shoe. Would you recommend a 140cm or 144cm board?
    Plus do you know of any better boards that would suit me?
    I’m an intermediate rider on the mountains & a beginner in the parks. I mostly ride on the mountains. I prefer control over speed & I don’t want to catch any edges. I mostly ride in Australia & NZ, so I’m boarding on more ice than powder.
    Thanks x

  38. April 13, 2011

    Debbie, anytime! I’d probably go for the 144 since you’ll be freeriding more often than park riding and it’ll give you more control and stability plus still suits your weight. Feelgood would be a good choice for sure.

  39. Meg
    May 07, 2011

    Hi Shay!

    Thanks for all the fantastic reviews. Love the woman’s perspective. I’m 5’6, 130lbs and currently on a Burton Hero 150. I’m looking for a new board as the Hero is fun but really felt like work when I wanted tighter turns. I’m in Australia so I get alot of ice but I’m also in Japan a fair bit for some pow. I ride all over the mountain, bit of back country as well as the groomers to black, and have just started on the park with rails and some bigger jumps. I’d say I’m intermeidiate. I was looking at a 145 Lipstick, but have seen some reviews say it’s not great on the ice and you back that up. The feelgood looks promising. Also looking at the Pickle and Nugglet. Just not sure if they would handle everything.

    What would you reccomend and what size?


  40. May 08, 2011

    Meg, thanks so much! Depending what size boots you have, the hero definitely can be work since it’s a men’s board. The lipstick is a straight up women’s park board, equivalent to the men’s hero from Burton. It’s softer and won’t hold as well on ice. The nugglet requires you to size down so you’d have to see if you want to do that. I wasn’t a fan of the men’s version because you size down a good amount. The park pickle (despite the name) is more all mountain and will grip on ice very well with the MTX.

    To help decide a board better, if you had to pick would you say 75% freeriding (pow, blacks, speed), 50% park (jumps, rails)…how does you riding mix up, what do you do more often? Also what boot size are you? Do you want to stick with a softer park board like the hero/lipstick or try a board that’s more aggressive, more float, charging?

  41. Amy
    May 12, 2011

    Hi Shay. Your review are so helpful and love expert women’s perspective. I am only 4″11, weight 108. Currently I ride 2008 Burton Lux 136, boots size 5. when I got this board I was beginner but now I feel like I grow out of it and wannna more aggresive board. I am intermidiate level and just started to riding tree and park. I am thinking to go longer board because I wanna a board that is more stable in speed (wanna go faster) or bumps and responsive. I will be riding all mountain most of the time but wanna try more of tree and park as well next season.
    But since I am short, I don’t have much choice so I was looking at Burton Flying V 140 and Arbor Push but it only comes from 144 so I don’t know if I can handle 144.
    Also I was looking at your new review for 2011/2012 Ride Farah (140) and it looks great. Do you know if this board will be availabe for purchase? I am going to south america in August and would like to bring it with me.

    Do you think I should stay in the 140-141 range? I don’t mind paying higher price if it is perfect for me. What is your recommedation and is there any other choice for me?


  42. Meg
    May 20, 2011

    Wow you are pretty much on the money. Currently about 75% freeriding, 25% park. Though park is growing. Recently built a balance rail in my back yard and am now enjoying strange looks from the neighbors (in my part of Oz it barely gets cold enough for a jacket let alone snow). My boot is a size 7.

    Thanks for the help. I think you’ve ruled out the lipstick for me and the nugglet sounds like too much of a gamble without getting to demo it.

  43. September 05, 2011

    Amy, you could definitely size up with your weight and get a more aggressive board that’s stable in the meantime. Don’t worry about your height, it’s all about your weight. I’d look at low to mid 140’s, even the 144 push would be a good board to try out. Ride Farah is way more aggressive freeride, it’ll be available soon if not already.

    Meg, awesome you are getting stoked on the shred!

  44. Nina
    September 27, 2011

    Hi Shay,

    Thanks so much for posting all these helpful reviews. What are your thoughts on Lib Tech TRS C2 BTX (Slim) vs. Feelgood Flying V? As someone who’s been hitting the slopes a couple of days every year for the past 5 years I feel it’s time to get my first board. I’ve tried the Lux (not memorable), Feelgood ES (old favourite for floating on Hokkaido pow) and Lipstick (too much flex for freeriding but good responsiveness). As someone who stays well clear of the park I’m just looking for a reliable but fun board for good speed and control on pow, groomers, off-piste etc. which is going to last me a while. Also I’m about 165cm and 55kg and found Feelgood ES 149cm to be about right for control.

    Any thoughts really appreciated!