Burton Custom X - 2012


After riding the Custom X last year I would have said that improving on it would have been next to impossible. It kicked out of turns like a Jackass on steroids and the grip on the slickest of hardback was mind blowing. For the 2011/12 season little change has been made to the Custom X, however the change that has been made is significant. Last year the Custom X had a positive core profile which meant that a constant core thickness was maintain between the bindings giving the board immense torsional stiffness, essential for vice-like edge hold. With the move to a Squeezebox profile the ride will have changed, but by how much… well you’ll have to read the review!

Manufacturer's Description:

Double-overhead McTwists, threading needles, and sending it at jacket flapping speedóif this is your style, then the Custom X™ is your board. Pro-stock performance for riders like Frederik Kalbermatten and Kazu Kokubo, it combines razor-sharp response and cat-like edge control with helium-huffing weight. Now supercharged with Squeezebox for strategically targeted snap and stability that gives you more while working less.

Recommended for park riding. Recommended for halfpipe riding Recommended for freeride riding Very high cost snowboard Available in Wide Camber construction Directional Shape

Year: 2012

Available Lengths (cm):
152, 156, 158, 160, 164, 159W, 162W, 164W

Riding Style: All Mountain


Tram Package
The Channel
BEND: Camber
SHAPE: Directional
FLEX: Twin
CORE: Dragonfly with Multizone EGD
FIBERGLASS: Vaporskin with Triax Fiberglass, Lightning Bolts Hi-Voltage, and Carbon I Beam™
BASE: Sintered WFO
SIDEWALLS: Slantwall
EXTRAS: NEW Squeezebox, Frostbite Edges, Pro-Tip, and Infinite Ride

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Snowboard Review:

If you ever wondered how little Japanese rider Kazu Kakubo goes so big in the Superpipe here’s your answer. The Burton Custom X is a serious pipe riders board; fast, responsive, stable and powerful. If you’re looking for a versatile high-end board that you can use all over the mountain from jibs to the backcountry then the regular Burton Custom might be a more suitable choice. But if you’re an aggressive rider that enjoys the pipe, steeper more challenging terrain and mammoth kickers this could be an inspired choice, providing you’ve got the dollar.

Perhaps the most enjoyable qualities of this board are its effortless edge-hold and stability, you really feel like you’re locked onto a railtrack; which means that powering through the flat-bottom of the pipe and carving into the biggest kickers in the park is a lot less petrifying. Nevertheless the Custom X isn’t entirely focused on pipe because it’ll give you the strength and stability to slay some steep and variable snow in the backcountry and get your chin nice and close to the snow when carving or racing down your local boardercross track. Another notable characteristic of this board is the way that it picks-up even the slightest foot movement and lateral movements across the board, without the slightest effort, this means that although the board has a stiff longitudinal and torsional profile and feels stable and powerful it also feels very responsive and completely effortless to carve and cruise powder on…….be warned foot ache will reach new levels on this board.

The Custom X is a great board, so if you’re an experienced and aggressive rider looking for something to charge the mountain with and take your pipe riding to the next level then sell your car, or your girlfriend, and head down to your local Burton dealership and take this beast for a spin.

Posted by Tom Ewbank in • Burton

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What colour is powder?

shreddin_the_midwest on November 24, 2011 at 05:00 PM

Just wondering if we’ll be seeing the full review for this board anytime soon? You left quite a cliffhanger in that intro…

Rich Ewbank on November 24, 2011 at 05:59 PM

Yeah I want to post it but Tom hasn’t sent me the finished review yet… I’ll get on to him.

cipri on December 14, 2011 at 01:11 AM

I’ve been riding for 7 seasons now and i want to know if this board is good for me?I ride groomed slopes 85% of the time ,powder 15% and I try a few jumps too.If not which board do you think is more suitable for me?thank you

Rich Ewbank on December 14, 2011 at 10:01 AM

@Cipri - As long as you’re a strong and aggressive rider there are very few boards as good as the Custom X on the groomers… it rips.

ZOHEIR on January 16, 2012 at 01:33 PM

WOOW.. WHAT SHOULD I SAY!!! awsom board !! again and again custom x is my favorite snowboard. I have x 2010,2011,2012 model. in 2012 u have squeeze box, that u reaaaalllyyy fill it !!! :D its it is one of a kind, I mostly ride on hard pack and groomers ,do carving and LOOVVVE speed !! X give u confidence to do turns where ever and when ever u want. super edge hold ,super responsive,carve like knife ,stiff enough…... what else!!!!!!  I TOTALLY RECOMMEND THIS BOARD FOR AGGRESSIVE RIDER :)

Donny Hamel on February 17, 2012 at 04:00 PM

I had the 2004 CX and had ridding only a year before having it. I’ve been out of commission for about 5 years now and bought a Rome agent off a buddy for cheap. Chest picked up a new 2012 burton custom x and slammed some 2012 cartels on it yesterday…....can’t wait to get on it! What do you mean by footache will reach new levels on this boars/

Rich Ewbank on February 17, 2012 at 04:17 PM

You’ll want to crank your straps so tight and rail such hard carves that your arches will feel like you’ve run a marathon.

Donny Hamel on February 17, 2012 at 04:22 PM

So its a goidcthing then….lol. what do you think about the set up? Should I have gone with a different binding? I thought for what they both had to offer it was a good match

Rich Ewbank on February 17, 2012 at 04:29 PM

I think of people are used to riding softer boards, switching to s stiffer deck can cause foot pain… as well as chaging to different bindings. Tom experienced both changes. Yes the Cartel is a really nice binding. Responsive but not too stiff. Good for all-mountain riding.

mark on May 06, 2012 at 04:22 PM

Burton Custom X 152 with Cartel bindings. Stats - 5 ft 7 in height, 145 pounds weight. Six days straight riding at Whistler Blackcomb Feb 2012, variable but generally good conditions, one day with some fresh powder. See my other review of the Custom Flying V also on this site.

Overall I found this to be an excellent board. I’m an intermediate rider (at best) and was slightly concerned after reading various reviews saying this board was for advanced riders only. Nonsense. As someone who has (stupidly) been away from riding for almost 10 years, camber is all I know. It’s all I need to know apparently. On groomers this board is a hypersonic piste weapon of mass destruction. Fantastic edge-hold, carving ability and overall response. On a pow day I did manage to bury the nose a couple of times but I reckon this more due to crappy riding skills and failure to set back the bindings a little than it was to the board itself. It’s a directional board and I rode it that way pretty much 95% of the time. It seemed ok when briefly riding switch but I just felt like bombing it most of the time. Again, there are probably better boards out there if you want to butter about the place. This board is super, super lightweight. I literally couldn’t feel it hanging from my leg on the chair -  a big plus and keeps the legs fresher for longer which means more riding at the end of the day. Paired with the est-Cartels the feel was nice. Check your screws with the channel binding at the start of each day though - seems like they can work loose after a couple days riding!

Summary: A stonking board. If you like getting off the lift and bombing it down the mountain you’ll love this deck. Man, you’ll love it. Next time I get out riding I’ll try some other stuff but for those six days all I did was carve and bomb - couldn’t get enough on this board.

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