Setup: I rode the Burton Feelgood Flying V with Burton Diode bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8.
First Impression: Continues to be a great board for all mountain female riders
Flex: Softer torsional flex between the bindings so the board is super easy to turn but stiffer flex underneath and towards the tip/tail for stability for freeriding. The carbon I-beam definitely helps for the pop and stability so you can charge the mountain. The Feelgood comes with camber or flying V, I rode the Flying V model with reverse camber. V-rocker between the feet and underneath the feet is camber zones and rocker towards the tip and tail.
Turning: The Feelgood has always been a responsive carving board and quick to get edge to edge while riding. On the softer snow, it really held an edge into each turn and offered up a good mix of turns without any catches or problems. On shorter turns, it was quick and nimble. On the icy spots, I had an issue with the board holding an edge and not slipping out but that was the only issue with it on turning handling.
Stable: This is where I noticed some decreased stability, mostly in the edging of the board. The conditions were icy and hardpacked and instead of the Feelgood gripping an edge on them, it mostly slipped and slidded on them. It was something different from previous years and quite surprising. On the rest of the mountain and on going at speeds, the Feelgood did fine.
Pop: You can always count on decent pop with the Feelgood. The Flying V gives it good power from the tail for ollies. It also helps lift up the contact points so you can play on boxes without worrying about catching the edges. The Feelgood was fun on the jump line, good pop and easy stability for landings. Pressing and buttering were fine on the board.
Switch: The Feelgood is a twin flex with a directional shape so there is some adjustment to the handling but it’s still very capable of riding switch.
Overall Impression: The Feelgood is the do-it-all board for women riders. The flying V allows it to handle a variety of conditions, freeriding or park and make it a great board for a one quiver collection.
Shay’s Honesty Box: There are few women’s boards out there that have the longevity and success of the Feelgood. It’s popular and loved for good reason, it’s a solid board in the Burton line. I took out the Feelgood first and it set the bar for the mountain plus it could handle the Diode binding which was amazing.
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