Burton Royale Freeride

Burton Royale Freeride 

DESCRIPTION

Designed for riders with a 10.5 men's boot or larger, the Royale Snowboard by Burton is large and in charge. it Possesses the same spec list as Burton's legendary Air model, making the Royale its big brother. Burton's quality construction and trusted components make the Royale a true performer for intermediate to advanced riders.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 28, 2022]
olivernicholle


Strength:

Great side angle on this bad boy. Perfect for carving. And the board is also good on tricks. | security fence installation

Weakness:

None . .

Purchased:
New  
OVERALL
RATING
5
[Oct 23, 2008]
anthony80
Snowboarder

The Burton Royale is the previous burton Air model in a mid-wide board. I would say this board is best suited for beginner/intermediate riders who prefer more of a all around board, who like to ride in the park. Having a wood core it is poppy, loose, not stiff, and playful, again a good board if you plan on doing airs, boxes, rails etc. Also a good choice if you are learning how to ride and will be ready to upgrade a season or so after purchase. If you have a big foot (it is marketed for people with foot size 10+, though I would say you do not need a mid-wide/wide board if your boot is less than a size 12). If your riding style/foot size does not match up with what I have described above then I would recommend that you purchase another board. This board is NOT a good choice for steep/technical runs, as it is soft and will flex to much when going over bumps. Furthermore, avoid the trees as the Royale is not very responsive when initiating rapid "heel/toe" transitions/turns(stiffer boards are more responsive). Due to the boards purposefully softer design it does not handle well at very high speeds and it does not handle well on chopped up runs. If you plan on doing the majority of your riding on relatively moderate terrain, or in the park, and are new to snowboarding then this board will be just fine. Though if you are an intermediate and above skilled rider, who prefers to do lots of all mountain riding rather than park riding I would suggest that you purchase a stiffer board that has been DESIGNED for all mountain riding. I highly suggest the Never Summer Premier, hands down the most responsive, stable, and quick board I have ever rode. If you absolutely must have a Burton then the Custom is a fine choice as well. In summary the Royale is designed for new riders or those who prefer to ride the park, once you start riding at faster speeds, on more challenging terrain this board simply falls short as it was not designed for intermediate/advanced riding due to its softer design. Also, if you like me, prefer to ride on powder days on challenging, steep, or technical runs I would suggest a aluminum binding over a plastic binding. Think about this for moment, when initiating a turn with a plastic binding the binding responds by flexing. In effect this is wasted movement/energy on your part, and requires more compensation in your lean to get the board to turn. However if you ride a binding that is made from aluminum then when you initiate a turn the stiffness of the binding translates into your energy/movement promoting more efficient/quicker turn initiation. This makes a big difference when riding big/intimidating mountains, in effect you have more control. So what is the summary, a stiff board like the premier and a stiff aluminum binding (all ride bindings are aluminum) makes for a board that you will have greater control of. Do not get caught up in the marketing of plastic bindings, unless you plan to hit the park, where a more flexible binding is preferable as the binding will flex and not move the board like an aluminum binding (just think about it, if you are on a rail with a plastic binding and shift your weight not only will the plastic bend a bit to your stance, but the board will not respond as the binding is absorbing the movement, however if you are on a rail with an aluminum binding and you attempt to adjust your stance a stiff binding will move the board givning you less control when balancing. In conclusion stiff board/stiff binding for all mountain riding. A softer board/softer binding for park riding.

Customer Service

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Similar Products Used:

Never Summer Premier

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 30, 2006]
Dale
Snowboarder

This past winter was my second season on a snowboard - spent many years on skis, my current set is a pair of Nordica SpeedMachine 14's - stiff parabolics for fast, black diamond runs.

So, an advanced skier, that just achieved intermediate snowboard level this year.

Bought the Royale, mounted with a set of Burton C60 bindings. A stiff setup, but I like it - doing black diamond runs with confidence - not bad for 14 year old in a 43 year old body (yes, I'm the same age as Warren Miller - at least on the slopes!)

The mid-wide board is good for me in that I wear a size 11 NorthWinds boot (they run half size small, at least on me); With +21/+6 setup, I've not experienced any heel or toe drag on hard carving turns.

Board graphics, both top and bottom get a lot of positive comments. Also, if you look close in the midsection, it appears there is fabric laid into the board - there is - hemp fabric. The board has a classic look that will look good for several years.

The C60 bindings are great - light, stiff, but flexible enough to twist the back supports so that they are parallel with the heel side edge. The toe-cup front strap works great - edge control feels very precise with this front strapping method. Also, the buckles are very easy to use (tightening and releasing) while gloved.

Very happy with my purchase.

Customer Service

Excellent - When dropping this kind of money, I like to know what I'm buying and why. Since snowboarding/snowboard technology are both new to me, I had a lot of questions. The sales personnel at Modern Skate and Snowboard answered all my questions, even after I had unknowingly kept them past their closing hour.

At no time did they try to steer me into a particular board that they wanted to sell - unlike another place I went to.

I bought after the peak sales season, so got a very good deal on the C60's. Plus, I think they wanted to close the store!

Similar Products Used:

Resort rental board - quite a bit softer than the Royale/C60 setup. Never used beyond a green run.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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