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Burton BMC Freeride Review

Burton BMC


Description
Built around a Dragonfly core, the BMC features the most technology we could pack into one board. Easy transition from edge to edge combined with an overall High Drive rating make it the only high-tech, high-speed choice. Add a pair of C14’s and take on the world. Sintered Indium Base: High-tech speed on all types of snow. Carbon I-Beam: Lots of snap; stop using cheater jumps to get on handrails. Dual Warp Lite Triax: Ultra-light, responsive, and torsionally solid. Dragonfly Core: The lightest core available. Multizone EGD: Solid edge hold and board feel. Stainless Steel Edge: Stays sharp longer. Graphic Tech: Multi-layer printing with matte finish, gut-showing window.


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Review Date
April 2, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: John ,  Snowboarder

Summary:
This is by far my favorite snowboard. I got this board back in 2004, and it still can't compare to the ones today. This is just an overall incredible all-mountain board that never fails to deliver. Out of my collection of 4 snowboards, this is always my favorite. I really wish that Burton still made this model. Anways, great board!


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Review Date
December 18, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: amicolea ,  Snowboarder

Summary:
I'm still riding my '02 BMC 166, and it continues to perform. I have beaten on this board season after season--everywhere from the Swiss Alps to Vermont to the Rockies to the Chilean Andes to Alaska--and it's never disappointed. It is aggressive and fast on groomers, and plows through powder and chop like none other. And, although I am by no means a pipe rider, it does a great job propelling my 6'4', 250lb. frame off kickers, gaps, and tables. I have a size 13 foot, and this has been the only non-wide board that I have fit on without significant toe and heel drag. I wish they still made it!

Similar Products Used:
I've always used Burton Customs on this deck.


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Review Date
August 21, 2005

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Value Rating
 3 of 5

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3.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: pinkrobe ,  Snowboarder

Summary:
I had destroyed my Ltd. LTD over four seasons and was looking for a new board. I had used a Burton Supermodel for powder, and had been happy with it until it softened up. I got the BMC because it was a high-end board, stiff, my preferred length [162] and because it is an all-mountain kind of board. [I am 5'10" and 185 lbs. without my gear on. I prefer powder, trees, steeps and never go into the park or pipe.]

he first time I took it out, it totally delivered on its promise of being fast and tight. It held an edge like no other board I've ridden, and it was stable at speed. Awesome. Groomers, powder, ice, crud were all good. 20 snow days later, the board had lost a good amount of its stiffness. Edges weren't biting in like they used to, even after a full professional tune. The pop was reduced as well. It went from being stellar to being average. Also, I was not impressed by the durability either. I somehow managed to compress the sidewall in two places - not near my bindings, either. In two other spots, the edges broke. In 11 years of riding, I had never cracked an edge or compressed a sidewall on any board before then. It was bizarre! I'm glad I didn't pay full retail. It is now relegated to rock-board status, and I will look for a new, more durable ride for '05-'06.

In short, this board was here for a good time, not a long time.

Customer Service:
The kids at Mission are good, but don't go early on a Saturday - hangovers!

Similar Products Used:
Ltd. LTD, Apocalypse, Sims Daytona, Burton Supermodel, K2 Dart, Nitro


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Review Date
December 29, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Value Rating
 3 of 5

Used product for
2-5

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Barry ,  Intermediate

Summary:
I have taken this board out 2 times so far this year. I am a strong intermediate interested in carving, going fast while maintaining control, and challenging myself. So far the BMC has been great and I'm liking it more every time I ride. This board is no longer made, so if you see it for less than 400, I'd seriously think about getting it. This is a fairly stiff board, but I like it. If you have never taken a lesson on how to carve, I advise doing so. That's what this board is made to do, not skid. Put some muscle into your turns, get low, and take a lesson to improve your technique. This board will hold your edge at speed and is definitely fun once you figure it out.

Re: delams, I was a bit hesitant to buy it after reading some of the above reviews, but it came highly recommended by a knowledgeable person. I've registered it with Burton and if anything happens, I expect them to replace it. Of course I'm not expecting it to delam. I suppose a beginner could use it, but unless you're going to be going quite a bit, this may be a bit stiff for a beginner. Also, Im' using Rossignol bindings, so you don't HAVE to use Burton Bindings.

Similar Products Used:
Rossignol HC 3000 bindings, 32 lashed boots, and K2 Dart (old board)


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Review Date
December 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

Used product for
6-15

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Reviewed by: greg ,  Advanced

Summary:
I was given this board by burton when my custom delammed on me after a long season, at the time I was working as a board guide and riding everyday all season. The custom was in my mind, unquestionably the best board ever - particularly for me as a guide who needed a board to do everything and go anywhere.

When I first rode the bmc I have to say that I was disappointed....but after a bit of perseverance and more importantly a tweak of the bindings to a more extreme 'duck stance' then things improved drastically and quickly! I came to realise that where as a custom lets a reasonable rider ride brilliantly and hence makes them a bit lazy that the bmc requires you to be a good rider prepared to concentrate on your riding but if you do the reward is a board that is faster and more powerful than previously imaginable!

Well worth the effort if you are already a strong rider - stick with it and your riding will move to the next level. Less experienced riders should hold out a while for this board though.

Similar Products Used:
K2 Recon


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