To have Mikkel Bang behind the development of a board from its conception is big news. Mikkel destroys the slopestyle course and it’s the Love that he chooses to kill it with. Triax glass for control riding out big kicker landings, camber to stomp tail heavy landings and that good ol’ pop you just don’t get from rocker and a negative core profile to help with presses. Then there’s the girls that adorn the topsheet.
If loving you is wrong, we don’t wanna be right.
“We can’t live without your soft, tender flex. We cherish your true twin shape. We yearn for the icy embrace of your Grip and Rip™ edges and the extra float of your Ellip Kicks. We are nothing without the slippery sensation of your enduro-waxed WFO base. Your strength in the streets and power in the park is rivaled only by our love for you.” ~ Love™ always, Keegan and Mikkel
Available Lengths (cm):
152, 155, 158, 162, 157W, 159W
The Channel ICS binding system
Twin shape and twin flex
Super Fly II™ Core with Dualzone™ EGD™ and Negative Profile
Dual Density Triax™ Fiberglass laminates
Sintered WFO base
Grip and Rip Tune
10:45™ dual angle sidewalls
Ellip Kicks, Pro-Tip™, and Infinite Ride™
Let me put my cards on the table, I like camber. Whether I am just a snowboarding version of the flat-earth simpleton or global warming cynics remains to be seen, but I do like to ride a soft, twin tipped, cambered board. After a day of testing out an array of V-rockers, flying-Vs, Bananas, Gullwings and god knows what other creatively named versions of essentially the same things, I was really looking forward to getting back on a Cambered Burton Love. Burton this year have toned down the graphics on the topsheet to a more cartoony version of the obligatory sexy lady but I still instantly fell in love with the buxom cowgirl with the suggestive smile painted on the top of my 155 version. There is one reason to buy this board right there….and I guess graphics, whether we admit or not, will always have an influence on our board choice. In terms of ride quality this board surprised me slightly in that it was quite stiff, I would say about a 7 out of 10. Riding in slushy conditions though, this board did just what I wanted it to do, shredding down the rail line and holding a perfect straight line up the softest of kickers to help me spin with confidence. Not something the rockered board I had just been riding could ever claim to match. The board carved through crud and bumps effortlessly, really showing the conditions it was still in charge and it was nice to feel the pop of a cambered board to spring me up onto the rails. This board would suit riders who like to charge around their resort at high speed, or maybe for those riders looking for something super stable to fire them into kickers or through the pipe but for buttering and pressing it may be better to find a softer flex or go with one of the reverse camber alternatives. For me, this was a great board and the camber was definitely more confidence inducing firing into soft kickers than the reverses had been. I would buy this board to ride kickers and pipe for sure but for an all round daily ride I would want something a bit softer in the locker. On the other hand, there is that cowgirl…………..
Posted by Ben Molloy in • Burton
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on August 18, 2010 at 08:41 AM
i agree, i much prefer camber. more control, pop, stability, less chatter all equal more fun. The 2011 love is no way as stiff as ben molloy said, not even close to the 7 /10 he rated it as. the board is rated as a 4 on the ‘feel’ scale on the burton website. 4 is NOT stiff, although probably not the best choice for lighter riders. This a high end park board you can shred the entire mountain on. The WFO base makes it a weapon on the cat tracks and a missile down the groomers. Easliy pressed and buttered with an experienced rider on board, and graphics that demand high fives. so VERY sick. After snapping a 2009 X8V and a 2010 X8 on 50ft+ jumps, i needed something more stable and a bit more serious to put the landings down, and this is the board.
If you have the cash and want to go big, feel the love!!
on August 18, 2010 at 09:09 AM
Thanks for the review Lachy…..hope you got your board on warranty! Ben’s quite a small chap, weight-wise (68kg), so I guess that’s why he found it a little stiffer than yourself. In conclusion I guess lighter riders should take-note and possibly size-down or look at a slightly softer board.
on October 06, 2010 at 05:55 PM
Can I take the love for my all-mountain board i’m 187 and im around 70 kg i want to use it for pow, jumps, rails, high-speed carving. What do you think?
on October 06, 2010 at 09:13 PM
Definitely, the Love is a great all-mountain freestyle snowboard. Not ideal for powder, but not useless either. Torsional and longitudinal flex are firm enough for hard carving.
on October 14, 2010 at 03:41 AM
i use to ride the 2009 model of the Uninc 157 and thinking about getting the love for this seasson. Does any of you guys if the Love would be stiffer or softer compare to the uninc? Thanks!!
on December 14, 2010 at 07:32 AM
is this board harder to press than a stairmaster extreme?
on February 08, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Deciding betweens sizes of this board. im looking to take it all over the mountain, from park 2 rails to trees and pow. You think the 155 is big enough. Im 6"1’ 190. How does the flex on this board compare to the capita stairmaster
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