Burton Skeleton Key

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Burton’s new all-mountain shape tore up the corduroy and had our testers drooling to try it in powder, and a few lucky ones did the day after the test when it dumped a foot at Aspen and the Skeleton Key could be seen slashing and bombing through powder-filled aspen groves. “This fish shape thrashes turns like a trout escaping the hands of a fisherman,” one tester declared. Others applauded its supreme edge hold, turning capabilities, and flex claiming, “This is a proper, fined-tuned board that rules. It has a great flex all around. It’s powerful, has snappy turns, and can hold an edge in tight and wide turns.” The mechanics of the Skeleton Key are simple: a setback camber profile, milled wood core, and lively fiberglass. As a mid-wide directional board, it has the stability to rail and rally in a shorter running length, which also makes it easy to maneuver. Take it from our testers who further describe the ride as, “It plowed through chunder and held an edge like a boss,” and “It’s an amazing carving and freeride directional board that’s super fun for getting surfy.” Be it a powder day or not, the Skeleton Key has all-mountain riding on lock.

Length (cm) – Sidecut Radius (m) – Waist Width (cm)

154 – 7.4 – 25.6
158 – 7.7 – 25.8

Flex: 6/10

Camber: Directional

(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of
the board’s flex.)

(Sidecut Radius: If you arced the tightest turn possible to make a complete circle, the sidecut radius would be the distance between the direct center of that circle and its rim, in meters. A board with a deeper sidecut would have a smaller radius and would generally make tighter turns. As the radius number increases, a board can be expected to make wider turns. Multiple numbers on the same length board means the radius is blended.)

Price: $600.00
Brand Name

Burton

Style

All Mountain

Gender

Mens

Length

154, 158

Camber

Directional(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)(Sidecut Radius: If you arced the tightest turn possible to make a complete circ

Flex

6/10

Sidecut

Length (cm) – Sidecut Radius (m) – Waist Width (cm) 154 – 7.4 – 25.6 158 – 7.7 – 25.8

Manufacturers URL

https://www.burton.com/us/en/burton

Rad-Bad

Tester Quote: “I want to date this board on a pow day. We could romance, hold hands, and I would buy it flowers.

Product Showroom

No

Tested-Approved

No

Good Wood

Yes

Bang For Your Buck

No

Guide Year

2017

Tester Quote: “I want to date this board on a pow day. We could romance, hold hands, and I would buy it flowers.

Good Wood 2017 Presented by evo.com

With hundreds of snowboards out there, how do you pick the best deck perfectly suited to the way you ride? Drop into our 2016-2017 Good Wood Board Test for the winning snowboards of the season. Our 30 unique testers spent eight days riding and rating more than 300 boards at Carinthia Parks of Mount Snow, Vermont, and the pistes and glades of Aspen Mountain, Colorado, and came to the consensus that these are the best boards. Each tester rides differently, so there's something to be said when a board stokes all who tried it. We’ve done away with the old price groupings and instead highlighted the two top-scoring boards in each category with the lowest prices and awarded them “Bang for your Buck” badges of approval. Now in its 18th year, our TransWorld SNOWboarding Good Wood test is the longest running and most prestigious board test on the planet.

How The Boards Are Scored

Shortly after shredding laps on each board, our testers input scores for different characteristics that measure each deck on a sliding scale. The Park and All-Mountain scorecards each have different criteria to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of each snowboard. We don't cut the boards open and examine the details, but the crew may have broken a deck or two… Go on, dive into the results and see all the winners.