Snowboard Review: 10-11 Burton Nug
11 Jan, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Burton Nug with Malavita bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: Holy tinyness…10cm less than what you normally ride
Flex: I was expecting a board similar to the signal park rocker, just straight up soft but the nug definitely still offers up the mountain to you. The flex had good torsionally flex so you still had quick edge to edge response and the smaller size made maneuverability so easy on the board. The overall flex longitudinally, it rode like a longer board when going faster and building up speed. The Nug features Burton’s V-rocker with a center rocker between the feet and additional rockers outside each foot that lift the tail and tip completely off the snow. The V-rocker definitely suits the Nug and gives it more of that park jib inspired feeling.
Turning: The nug was easy to get on edge and maneuver from edge to edge down the mountain. Turns were quick when you wanted them but also you could make long drawn out turns and hold it steady the entire carve. The nug definitely was believable for riding 10cm shorter but still handling turns like a board 10cm’s bigger in size.
Stable: For it’s size it’s more stable than you would expect and actually does a great jib gripping the snow especially when I rode it in the pipe. The board held an edge and didn’t encounter any issues. When going faster, the board still felt comfortable just cruising around. I would have liked to try it in powder to see how much the rocker effects vs the size.
Pop: One of the first things I did with the nug was tail press it and hold it steady, super easy to get butters and presses on but also can go higher than you think. I did some small ollies off the rollers on the jump line but didn’t feel comfortable with the size taking the nug off a jump. The squeezebox that is featured in the nug is supposed to give a poppier board and the nug had some good pop but hard to say since the size freaked me out. I did notice the swing weight when I switched to another board after, the nug had a light swing weight.
Switch: Did a couple turns switch on more mellow terrain, rides like a true twin without adjustment.
Overall Impression: The nug is that rocker board that you can downsize with and have a totally easy to maneuver. The grip on it was surprisingly good especially in the pipe but the size definitely messed with my head. It’s definitely meant to handle the mountain despite the size, good stability for the size and an around easy ride.
Shay’s Honesty Box: The nug was a mindfuck. Riding 10cm less wasn’t as comfortable in my head despite how the board rode. It was definitely mindfucking me the whole time I rode it despite riding it in the pipe. I’d have to spend a lot more time on it to feel comfortable since it was a 146cm and way shorter than I’d like to ride all the time.
On Snow Photo
Burton Nug description (click on it to pull it up)
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a Burton demo day.