Snowboard Review: 10-11 Burton Sherlock
25 Jan, 2011
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy groomers.
Setup: I rode the Burton Sherlock with Burton Cobrashark bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.
First Impression: I can see why this board is so popular…it’s so damn easy to ride.
Flex: Sherlock was softer in the nose and tail of the board with stiffer flex underfoot that gave you good stability on landings and freeriding. Torsionally had good give so you got quick edge response from one turn to the next. Longitudinally a mix of flex but overall medium. The Flying V is reverse camber, V-rocker between the feet, underneath your feet are camber zones and rocker outside your feet to the tip and tail.
Turning: If there is one board that’s just easy to turn and ride, this was it for the demos. I can see why a lot of riders would like it, it practically turns for you. Once on edge, you won’t catch or get hooked up in a turn. I liked quicker shorter turns better on the board but it did handle long drawn out S turns down the mountain.
Stable: The softer flex did better than expected when going faster and handling speed through the rest of the mountain. Not as stable as the joystick but did well for the conditions. Held an edge on the icy spots and never encountered a moment where I thought the board couldn’t handle the terrain.
Pop: Easy board to load up and pop off of, so much that when you landed you also felt and heard the landing. Easy to butter and press with on the softer flexed nose and tail. Very playful board but still handled some of the mountain.
Switch: The sherlock is a twin shape with a directional flex so some difference when riding switch but nothing I was bothered by. I barely noticed it when I switched around, could have been conditions or just not enough riding switch time but nothing crazy.
Overall Impression: The Sherlock is that board you can ride at any level and it’ll do it all. It’s easy, forgiving and yet still had some aggression to it when you need it. It’s fun, playful and easy to ride. It will let you hit the small jumps to skidded turns and help you get to the carved turns and bigger lines.
Shay’s Honesty Box: Right after I grabbed up this board, my friend Pat was telling me how much he hated it. But this board isn’t Pat’s style, I knew that the second I rode it. I got on it with an open mind, rode it and had a different opinion than Pat on the board. It’s a popular board because it makes riding easy, simple and fun.
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Burton Sherlock description (click on it to pull it up)
Review Disclosure: I rode this board at a Burton demo day.