2015 BOARD’S TECH GLOSSARY

CRAIG KELLY PROTO FACILITY

Technical evolution takes on a whole new meaning thanks to Craig’s, Burtons in-house Vermont proto facility, where his passion for innovation continues to this day. Burtons custom-built rapid prototyping machinery allows them to take an idea, build it, and ride it the very next day. they can tweak and rebuild accordingly, sometimes creating hundreds of prototypes until our team’s standards are met. Test, refine, repeat. Instant feedback. Endless progression.

 

BOARD FINDER SLIDERS

It’s no secret that Burton make the most diverse and complete Snowboard line-up in the industry, with each board targeting a specific type of rider. To help narrow the rider’s search, they have simplified each board based on the four most basic factors.

SLIDER-BEND

This slider tells you what kind of Bend a board has, whether it’s camber, rocker, Flat Top, or a hybrid blend of rocker and camber.

 

SLIDER-TERRAIN

A groomer Snowboard can ride pow or park, but if someone prefers one over the other, they should consider where this lands based on characteristics like Bend and shape.

 

SLIDER-PERSONALITY

Doesn’t matter if you’ve been riding one day or daily for 10 years, some riders like to rip hard and fast and expect a board that keeps up, while others prefer a board that’s soft and playful.

 

SLIDER-WIDTH

Not to be overlooked, boot size not only determines binding size, but should account for a board’s width. Toe and heel drag can ruin a ride and if a board’s too wide it’s harder to get on edge. 

 

FACTORY TUNING

 

MICROFINISH

Every board we make is waxed, buffed, finessed, and shred-ready before leaving the factory. Burtons  Microfinish process involves over 30 finishing steps, including an edge tune and detune, that puts the right amount of sharpness and bevel on each board to ensure the perfect finish for all riding styles and conditions.

 

ENDURO WAXING PROCESS

After Microfinishing comes Enduro Waxing. Each board is waxed and hot-buffed for a shiny, super-fast ride right out of the shop.

 

INFINITE RIDE™

This Burton-exclusive technology allows us to maximize pop and strength by overbuilding the board, then putting it in a machine that breaks in the board for you. Whether you choose to ride Springloaded, Rocker, or Camber, rest assured that with Infinite Ride™ your board will maintain its flex, pop, and feel from the first day forward, season after season.

 

MOUNTING

THE CHANNEL™
Stronger, faster, easier, and more adjustable—The Channel™ gives you ultimate control of your stance and your board in a design compatible with all major bindings (not just Burton’s). In fact, we trust it so much that all boards with The Channel are backed by a 3-year warranty.

 

SPLIT CHANNEL

Go ahead and get picky with your splitboarding stance, and continue to fine-tune it as the season unfolds. With the Split Channel, you get the strongest, fastest, easiest, and most adjustable mounting system ever offered on a splitboard. The days of compromise are officially over. All Burton splitboards with the Split Channel come with pucks pre-mounted for easy setup.

 

M6 TRANSITION KIT

The M6 Transition Kit (available for FREE with Burton board purchase) contains everything needed to ride pre-2011 Burton Disc and EST® bindings with the latest generation of The Channel™. The kit includes two retro discs for compatibility with Burton Disc bindings, as well as a full set of the M6 Transition hardware for compatibility with both Burton Disc and EST bindings.

 

GREEN MOUNTAIN PROCESS

 

Burton’s Green Mountain Process grows from our deep roots in Vermont’s Green Mountains to be an overarching product design and development process in which sustainability is considered at every step along the way. The result is a better experience for everyone involved.

 

New steps towards sustainability for 2015.

  • NEW Forest Stewardship Council [FSC™] certified wood cores on all Family Tree models. FSC™ is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests. 
  • NEW MOUNTAIN DEW® 50% recycled PET topsheets on all Family Tree models.
  • NEW Fully compostable and recyclable paper board sleeves for all Family Tree models.

 

Our Austrian factory has also been striving to reduce waste and operate as efficiently as possible.

  • Provides heat and energy to run the presses as well as heat the factory and offices by

burning all wood scraps in the furnace.

  • Fully recycles all sidewall and base scrap material back into the process.
  • All sidewalls, cores, and spacers are made on site to reduce the transportation footprint.
  • Most materials sourced from within a 250 mile radius to reduce the overall carbon

footprint.

  • Water in board presses is recycled back into the system in a closed loop process to dramatically reduce water usage.

 

SHAPE 

 

TWIN

Perfectly symmetrical for a balanced ride that’s equally versatile when ridden regular or switch. Jib, spin, stomp, and butter with a greater balance of freestyle mobility and cat-like stability no matter which way you point it.


DIRECTIONAL

The classic snowboard shape, designed to be ridden with a slightly longer nose than tail to concentrate pop in the tail while still giving you plenty of float, flow, and control to rip any terrain or condition.

 

WIDE

Select boards offer versions of their signature rides in wider platforms that are redesigned from the ground up for riders with a size US 11+ men’s boot.

 

Wide sizes offered in:

 

  • Custom X™
  • Custom™
  • Custom Flying V™
  • Custom Twin Flying V™
  • Blunt
  • Ripcord
  • Trick Pony
  • Descendant
  • Clash

 

MID WIDE

Optimized around a size US 10–10.5 men’s boot, the added waist width eliminates toe and heel drag, thus increasing stability and fun.

 

Mid Wide sizes offered in:

 

  • Trick Pony
  • Process
  • Process Flying V™
  • NEW Process Off-Axis
  • Ripcord
  • NEW Pile Driver
  • Fish
  • Parkitect

 

TAPER

A tapered shape means the nose is wider than the tail, promoting smooth turn entry and exit, stability at speed, and enhanced deep snow flotation. Look for different amounts of taper throughout the line.

 

  • Fish™: 30mm
  • Landlord/Landlord Split: 17mm
  • Barracuda: 15mm
  • Juice Wagon / NEW Pile Driver / Anti-Social / Day Trader: 12mm
  • Flight Attendant: 10mm
  • Spliff: 5mm
  • Ripcord / Clash™  / Feather™: 3mm to 6mm depending on size

 

FLEX

 

TWIN

The flex is perfectly symmetrical from tip to tail for a balanced ride that’s equally versatile regular or switch.

 

DIRECTIONAL

This flex features increased pop in the tail and a more resilient nose that allows riders to easily maintain control through all terrain and conditions.

 

BEND

A board's Bend from tip to tail determines how playful or precise the ride will be, and when it comes to Bend, Burton offers a dialed variety. Stick with the classic pop and precision of camber, the playfulness of rocker options like V-Rocker™ and Flat Top, or the best of both worlds with hybrids like NEW PurePop camber, S-Rocker™, and Flying V™.

 

CAMBER

An advocate of powerful turns and poppy precision, camber speaks to the core values of board design. Offering a snappy suspension, camber distributes weight evenly over the entire length of the board for smooth, continuous edge control from tip to tail.

 

NEW PUREPOP CAMBER

An evolution of a traditional camber shape, our NEW PurePop Camber profile features subtle flat zones just outside your feet to amplify pop and add playfulness to the snap and response of camber. Early rise tip and tail sections spin and float with a catch-free feel.


S-ROCKER™
In deep snow, speed and float are your friends, and that’s what S-Rocker™ is all about. While the design specifics vary between boards, the basics are an entry rocker that extends from the nose to under your front foot, then transitions to either camber or flat between your feet. This design causes the entry rocker to lift the nose, thus improving float while maintaining momentum and stability through deep-driving pow turns and variable conditions.

 

FLYING V™

A blend of camber and rocker performance, Flying V™ offers the best of both worlds. Rocker overall, including between and outside your feet, enhances playfulness and float. Underneath your feet, subtle camber zones focus edge-control for crisp snap, added pop, and powerful turns.

 

FLAT TOP

Rising rider or seasoned pro, keep your game high and tight with Flat Top. A flat profile between the feet means stability, better balance, and continuous edge control. The tip and tail kick up with an early rise outside the feet for the catch-free, loose feeling you’d expect from rocker.

 

V-ROCKER™

Continuous rocker between your feet and outside your feet towards the tip and tail creates catch-free playfulness and improved float from peak to park. On select models, Frostbite Edges enhance power and grip, balancing the board’s overall loose and forgiving feel.

 

CORES

 

ULTRAFLY CORE

Our lightest core ever, Ultrafly’s precision-milling revolutionizes the strength-to-weight and performance achievable with a wood core construction. Exclusive to the Mystery.

 

DRAGONFLY™ CORE

Over 500 independent laminations, each individually oriented within the core, result in superior weight-savings, strength, and energized response. Featured on the Custom X™, Antler, and the NEW Cloud X.

 

SUPER FLY II™ CORE

Stronger and lighter woods target specific areas of the core to provide pop, strength, and reduced weight. Further optimized for float in our freeride focused boards, and strength in our park-focused boards.

 

SUPER FLY® CORE

Lightened up and loaded with pop, this vertical sandwich of hard and soft woods saves weight and improves snap and response. Further optimized for float in our freeride focused boards, and strength in our park-focused boards.

 

FLY® CORE

Our classic tip to tail wood core, constantly improved upon in terms of flex, feel, pop, and strength.

 

EGD: ENGINEERED GRAIN DIRECTION

ABurtonexclusive. Manipulating the angles and direction of wood grain placement within the core results in superior edge-hold, response, and durability.

 

MULTIZONE™ EGD™

In four separate zones, the wood grain is perpendicular to the core adjacent to The Channel™—the area from which a rider’s power emanates—for ultimate strength and edge control.

 

DUALZONE™ EGD™

The wood grain is positioned along the toe and heel edges on two continuous zones, perpendicular to the rest of the wood core, for consistent edge-hold and added strength.

 

FIBERGLASS

 

MYSTERY GLASS

Using a formula from the future, Mystery Glass is the result of a robotic-built complex carbon layup that allows us to manipulate flex and feel while revolutionizing strength-to-weight. Exclusive to the Mystery.

 

CARBON HIGHLIGHTS
Carbon Highlights optimizes each layer of the fiberglass matrix and adds a full tip-to-tail carbon layer to reduce weight and fine tune torsional feel to achieve different ride characteristics. A 60° fiber angle creates a highly maneuverable and playful feel, while a 45° fiber angle provides a more aggressive ride. Hi-Voltage models like the Antler, Custom X, Landlord, and Landlord Split include the addition of carbon strands to the angled fiber layers to add life and further reduce weight.

 

TRIAX™ FIBERGLASS

Versatile flex and response for everything from mini to mega shred.

 

DUAL DENSITY TRIAX™ FIBERGLASS

Dual density fibers from tip to tail add strength and snap without sacrificing weight-savings.

 

BIAX™ FIBERGLASS

Features a jib-friendly, torsionally soft flex and forgiving, park-friendly feel.

 

BASES

 

METHLON BASE

Ultra durable and low-maintenance, Burton’s highest grade sintered base creates blistering speed that lasts all season. Exclusive to the Mystery.

 

SINTERED WFO BASE

Infusing a specially formulated wax deep into the pores of this extra-absorbent, high-density sintered material results in an ultra-durable base that stays Wide F!#@ing Open all season in any condition.

 

SINTERED BASE

Durable and highly porous, get added durability and superior wax absorption for greater overall glide.


EXTRUDED BASE

Speed, strength, and graphical pop in a base that requires little maintenance. Pass your friends without even waxing.

 

EDGES

 

FROSTBITE EDGES

Introduced by Burton long before all the hype about wavy “serrated knife” edges, Frostbite extends out slightly beneath your bindings for tremendous edge-hold on hard, icy conditions. Powerful when you need them, playful when you don’t, Frostbite Edges are hungry for hard-pack while remaining smooth, flowing, and forgiving.

 

OVERBITE FROSTBITE EDGES

This evolution in edge tech gives you more fang with less bang by giving you twice the amount of Frostbite. It’s a subtle tweak, but the result is a huge increase in grip on hard, icy conditions while remaining smooth and catch-free. Exclusive to the NEW Talent Scout, Deja Vu Flying V™, Social, and NEW Socialite.

 

SIDEWALLS

 

NEW DUAL GUARD RAILS

Engineered as a defense against destruction, NEW Dual Guard Rails upgrade durability, add dampening, and amp up visual appeal in the sidewall dimension. Dual Guard Rails are a combination of high-grade TPU that provides cushioning with extremely durable polycarbonate for increased strength.

 

10:45™ SIDEWALLS

Aggressive rippers take note. 10:45’s extra-meaty, dual angle geometry results in bomber impact absorption.

 

SLANTWALL

The standard throughout most of the line, its 28° profile creates consistent edge-hold that cuts like a knife.

 

DESIGN ELEMENTS

 

RADUCTION
Burton’s patented Raduction design optimizes every element—from waist width and flex profile to sidecut and running length—letting you downsize up to 10cm from your normal board length. Light and lively, easy to throw around, surprisingly floaty, poppy, and stable at speed—Raduction will change the way you look at board length for good.

 

Make it short and sweet. Raduction is featured on the Nug, Nug Flying V™, Nugget, Fish, NEW Pile Driver, Spliff, and Barracuda.

 

FILET-O-FLEX

Some riders want a more flexible board without sacrificing performance. Filet-O-Flex solves that challenge with ultra-thin profiling that creates soft boards that rip with maximum stability, durability, and grip. An additional benefit is subtle suspension and underfoot padding. Featured on the Name Dropper, NEW Pile Driver, NEW Socialite, and ProTest.

 

SQUEEZEBOX

This patent-pending technology improves pop and performance through the balance of thicker, more powerful core sections with thinner, more flexible sections. Rider energy is transferred outward from beneath the feet, energizing the tip and tail while making the board snappier, more stable, and easier to manipulate. For 2015 we’ve added two new make-ups of the technology.

 

  • SQUEEZEBOX HIGH

By integrating carbon fleece into the classic Squeezebox profile, we’ve loaded up our highest performance core profiling with more pop. Layered just outside your feet, the carbon enables almost instant response in the tip and tail.

 

  • SQUEEZEBOX LOW

With an overall easier feel, NEW Squeezebox Low brings high-end core profiling technology to the progressing rider. Stiffer zones just outside your feet create a more direct energy transfer to the tip and tail, while enabling a softer, smoother flex between the bindings. The end result is more control with less effort from the rider.

 

CARBON I-BEAM™

This ultra-light carbon backbone increases pop and longitudinal snap.

 

OFF-AXIS
Off-Axis tweaks key technologies that vary by board to match the angles of your typical park rider’s stance. This anatomical alignment results in better toe and heel edge grip, natural flex around the bindings, and a smoother feel during take-offs and landings. Exclusive to the Custom Twin, Custom Twin Flying V™, Parkitect, NEW Process Off-Axis, and Name Dropper, and NEW Talent Scout.

 

SIDE EFFECTS

This patented design lengthens the surface area at the tip and tail contact points to improve edge-hold and allow the board to plane easier in pow. Enjoy a livelier feel and enhanced grip on groomers along with added float for overhead days.

 

BALANCED FREERIDE GEOMETRY

Twin or directional is the age-old question for creative rippers like Terje. Balanced Freeride Geometry on the Landlord, Landlord Split, NEW Flight Attendant, and Anti-Social ends the debate with setback camber and a sidecut that is centered on your stance to create a twin freestyle feel when riding flat base. On edge it turns tight and quick with the float and prowess expected from a directional deck.

 

PRO-TIP™

A tapered tip and tail thickness reduces swing weight for easier mobility.

 

ELLIP KICKS

This elliptical tip and tail shape promotes pop while providing added float and clearance when riding pow and variable conditions.

 

SCOOP

This exaggerated tip and tail scooping turns up the edges for a looser, more forgiving feel that adds catch-free fun when riding everything from a knee-high box to neck-deep pow.

 

CRUISE CONTROL

Boosts confidence with the catch-free combo of a softer flex and mellower edge tune. On tapered boards like the Clash™ and Feather™ the nose is fully convex for all-terrain stability.

 

EASY RIDER

Easy Rider on the Genie, Chopper®, Chicklet™, Riglet, and After School Special gives riders an incredibly soft and forgiving board that’s virtually impossible to catch an edge on. With a convex base that lifts the edges off the snow and a super soft flex, these boards make it easy to learn balance and board control.