Snowboard Review: 10-11 Burton Blender
13 Jan, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Burton Blender with Burton Scribe EST bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: Reminds me of the lipstick with V-rocker but with a twin shape and flex.
Flex: The Blender had a softer flex to it, torsionally it was on the softer side so very easy to go from edge to edge. Longitudinally the stiffer flex seemed like it was underfoot and towards to nose/tail but not much stiffer. The blender is a 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 mid-spoon on the blender gives it a easy transition from edge to edge since you can easily roll it from turn to turn. I liked shorter radius turns on the blender better than the longer radius turns where it felt like the board was always wanting quicker turns. It gripped on edge in some icy spots and didn’t wash out.
Stable: For a softer park board it definitely is not your charging speed board. I noticed on some bumpy terrain, it didn’t charge through it and you felt bumped around on the board. At higher speeds, it was okay but I noticed the nose flopping around a bit more than I’d like. On the hardpacked spots, it did hold an edge and didn’t skid out.
Pop: The blender had good pop for ollies and just playing around on. Easy to butter and press with the V-rocker and was stable on smaller jumps that I took it on. It felt really comfortable in the park and I would have liked to try it on some boxes but took it easy on the slopes with it.
Switch: Felt really comfortable riding switch without any transition in flex or turning. Really easy maneuvering into switch and no adjustment that I noticed.
Overall Impression: The blender is built for the park but can handle the mountain outside of the park. It’s a softer flexing board so if you take up to faster speeds, it won’t charge as well as other boards but if you just enjoy cruising on it, it’s fine. In the park it’s at home with playfulness.
Shay’s Honesty Box: I was standing in line at the demo tent wondering what board should be next? So I tweeted out the question and jennay_berry asked for the blender which hadn’t even crossed my mind for what board to ride. It was a good choice and perfect for park laps. It reminded me of the lipstick last year when it had V-rocker but with a twin shape and softer feel to it.
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Burton Blender description (click on it to pull it up)
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a Burton demo day.