Description Performance from the backcountry to the backyard, and everywhere in between. The Custom sits on top of the "do it all" heap and always has. With a feel rating that sits smack in the middle of the scale, the Custom is the one board nearly anyone can have a good time on. New sizes this year, so step up.
Sintered Base: Holds wax, is durable, and moves right along.
Lite Triax: Light weight and torsional stiffness.
Carbon I-Beam: Lots of snap; stop using cheater jumps to get on handrails.
Been riding for about 8 years, mostly in the Vail, CO area and would gauge myself as an advanced-intermediate rider. To sum up, I’d say I mostly freeride with my freeriding style being fairly aggressive but also enjoy the occasional park run. In short, I like to do it all (or at least have that option) and was looking for a solid all-around board that would take me to the next level. Before I bought, I demoed the Atomic Alibi, Ride Prophet, and the Custom. The Atomic and Ride were super boards but the Custom and I immediately clicked.
Performance: I was simply amazed at this board’s ability to deliver on whatever I asked of it, in a variety of conditions (Ungroomed, Groomed, Ice). Honestly it was the first board I’d ever ridden that I felt could go places I was not ready for yet. For starters, this board just WANTS to go fast, faster then anything I had ridden before, and its ability to remain stable soon had me comfortably cruising at speeds that would have made me pee my pants on my old board (Old Burton A-Deck). Secondly, this board can really hold an edge, to the point were I had to make some binding adjustments to keep my feet from popping out of my boots during more aggressive turns. Lastly, in 1 day, I was taking and landing bigger air then ever before due to the confidence this board gave me.
Looks: I ended up with the 2005 LE so it came with a dotted beige leather topsheet. I was going to buy a standard Custom but since I demoed the LE I was concerned that the topsheet difference might affect the ride. Initially, I was luke warm about it and had some concerns about its durability, but after a full season on it I have to say that it has held up OK and the look has grown on me. Also, the other cool thing is the leather topsheet acts as one big stomp pad so there’s no need for an external one.
Price: I’ve read a lot of stuff deriding Burton as over priced relative to other board makers. I really can’t speak to that but I’m of the opinion that if you find a ride that fits you like a glove, going with something less suitable to save a few bucks just isn’t worth it. If you have a little patience, I know it’s hard ;), you can always find a deal. I’ve got my LE for $350 (Retail $525).
Cons: Real deep powder can be a challenge with this board but I’m riding a 158. I’m sure it would be better on a 161 or so. In any event, I picked up a longer board for deep powder days but plan to ride the Custom pretty much for everything else.
Final Word: If you are looking for a do it all board to take you to the next level (and perhaps beyond) I would highly recommend that you demo the Custom and see for yourself!
Customer Service: No problems with the board yet.
Similar Products Used: Old burton board, various demoes & friend boards.
Review Date October 15, 2003
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Value Rating 5 of 5
Used product for Countless
Visitors rate this review 2.80 of 5,
Reviewed by: PowderNut(Unregistered User)
, from Long Island N.Y.
Summary: Best Damn board I have ever rode. It makes riding way too easy. It can do it all from ever condition. From long rides in Depp Pow to Fast paced rides in icy conditions. You can Huck till your hearts content or just ride B@lls out it make no diference witha Custom.
Similar Products Used: Ride Serum and Timeless, Burton FISH, Custom, Republic, Balance, Palmer Gap
Summary: I had this board for five days - for the first day I hated it, it just didn't work for me. I widened the stance that night and it felt a little better. It grew on me but it still isn't my magic board. I like a tough workhorse and it seemed a bit too much like a pretty little sports car.
Similar Products Used: Salomon Driver; Salomon W4; Burton Clash