Snowboard Review: 11-12 Burton Fortress
08 Jan, 2012
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions.
Setup: I rode the Burton Fortress with Burton Escapades bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8.
First Impression: Camber compliments the Fortress with a charging handling for the whole mountain.
Weight: Lighter than average.
Flex: The Fortress rode longitudinally stiffer with a slight torsional softness to make it capable of quick turns. The flex is symmetrical from tip to tail for a balanced ride and rode just like that down the mountain. The board is lighter than average but still offers good pop and longitudinally stiffer flex for stability on the mountain. The Fortress is traditional camber for a continuous and consistent ride down the mountain.
Turning: The Fortress offered up consistent turns down the mountain. Short radius were easy to manevuer with the softer torsional flex and longer drawn out turns felt just as fine. Quick stops were no problem and you could definitely spray up snow at someone very easily with this board and the handling.
Stable: I really think the Fortress did the best as speed and stability thanks to the camber. By the time I got on the board conditions were really icy and bumpy throughout most of the mountain but the Fortress still handled them like it wasn’t anything difficult. When I got a rare patch of groomed snow after a snowcat, it was the best carving on what little soft snow there was.
Pop: It held up through the jump line with good pop and a lightweight fun ride. I thought about taking it through the pipe but I’m not Kelly Clark and the icy walls looked rough.
Switch: The Fortress is a directional shape but with a twin flex. I had the board setback a bit so the directional shape was more noticeable but it could still handle switch riding just fine when needed.
Overall Impression: The Fortress is built for charging and gives you camber as your weapon of choice. It’s a good match and gives a consistently good ride down the mountain. It’s built for speed, it rides fast and it charges the conditions ahead of it. The icy hardpacked conditions at Mammoth didn’t stand a chance against the Fortress, it handled through them like it was nothing.
Shay’s Honesty Box: With the directional shape, I wanted to make sure I was riding the board as it was meant to be ridden. The demo guy got lazy and set me up goofy so I ended up setting up the board myself rather than review it with a slight possibility of not riding it right. The end result was riding the board and getting stoked on the handling of camber during some crappy conditions on the mountain.
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Burton Fortress Description
Review Disclosure: I demoed this board at a Burton demo day.