Snowboard Review: 11-12 Burton Lip-Stick LTD
21 Jan, 2012
Location: Mammoth, CA
Snow Conditions: Hardpacked to icy conditions.
Setup: I rode the Burton Lip-Stick with Burton Stilletto bindings and Vans Ferra boots size 8.
First Impression: Flat Top definitely suits the Lip-Stick!
Flex: Now that the Lip-Stick is a Flat Top, the board still offers a fun playful park flex for the ladies. It’s softer on the nose and tail where you get the playfulness of rocker but with the stiffer flex between the bindings to give you stability on the flat profile. Easier torsional flex to make turning easier. The Lip-Stick LTD for next year comes with Flat Top which is a flat profile between the feet for better stability and a tail/tip kick up with early rise for playfulness.
Turning: The Lip-Stick was quick and on point with turning. The Flat Top still let it be an easy board to flex and maneuver into each turn. The Lip-Stick could handle the longer drawn out S turns but also was very good torsional flex but quick shorter turns.
Stable: This is where the Flat Top excels from previous years. The board can handle and grip on the icy hardpacked conditions despite being a park softer flexing women’s board. It will grip the snow, it will last outside of the park and even with the smaller size, it was decent on stability at speeds.
Pop: Even with Flat Top, the Lip-Stick keeps the poppyness for this year. Snappy underfoot and lightweight to make jumps super easy to tackle. With the kicked up rocker on the tail and tip of the board, you get the playfulness for butters and presses. The board doesn’t catch on boxes with the lifted up scoop tech.
Switch: The Lip-Stick has a directional flex but twin shape so there’s some adjustment but it’s really not much to stop you from riding switch a lot.
Overall Impression: The Lip-Stick is a very popular women’s board for park laps and playful riding on the mountain. It’s a pretty easy ride, forgiving and very playful for making the most out of park laps. The Flat Top on the board allows it to handle the icy, hardpacked conditions and hold an edge better.
Shay’s Honesty Box: Two years ago I rode the Lipstick with V rocker and thought it was a good fun board, a year ago I rode it with Flying V and didn’t think it was a good fit. This year I finally rode it with Flat Top which will be featured for the next year’s board and definitely think this is the best fit for the board. It suits it completely, gives it enough stability to handle icy conditions on the mountain and still playful for the park board it’s meant to be. Good job Burton.
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Burton Lip-Stick Description
Review Disclosure: I demoed this board at a Burton demo day.