Sh*t is Hot - 2013 Burton Snowboards Preview

You can always count on the Big B aka Burton Snowboards to innovate when other brands’ R&D departments are stagnating. This year Rob from Burton IBK showed us through three boards with killer graphics and tech that are ready to blow your minds in the 2012/13 season. The Spliff is a micro splitboard based on the miniature all-mountain shape of this year’s sensation the Nug. The smallest member of Burton’s new Family Tree, freeride focused range at only 148cm in length with a stumpy tail and shovel nose we were told that the Spliff is deceptively floaty. Even if the Muppets aren’t your thing, you gotta love the Custom Restricted Flying V’s limited edition Kermit the Frog graphics… but if you want to get hold of one of these you’ll have to search hard because availablity is going to be sparse. Rob’s final choice from Burton’s ever expanding range was the Parkitect. With its matt black topsheet and little Gonz inspired graphics the Parkitect looks like any other snowboard, except for the fact that the board has a designated toe edge and heel edge. Nope, the Parkitect doesn’t have an asymmetric sidecut like the Gnu Park Pickle, it has a squeezebox core specially developed for duckfoot stances! The Parkitect will definitely be high on our testing list for 2012!

Next week is the turn of French snowboard revolutionaries Rossignol, who flipped the script on camber four years ago by releasing one of the first hybrid snowboards onto the market. Since then Rossignol has been going from strength-to-strength with Big Mountain releases like the Experience and Krypto, the infamous all-mountain workhorse the One Magtek, the TWS Good Wood award winning Angus and their 2012 success story, the Jibsaw. 2013 sees Rossi add to a strong line-up.

Posted by Rich Ewbank in Features.

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