Burton Family Tree Stun Gun 2019
Part of Burton's experimental and freeride-oriented Family Tree series, the Stun Gun is a new shape designed with powder as its first intent. A soft, large, squared off nose is complemented by a small and stiff modern swallowtail. The combination makes keeping the nose above snow effortless, eliminating back-leg fatigue that can put a damper on deep days. It's the type of shape that begs to be slashed with full commitment. Riders felt this board also excelled in firm snow and thought it could function as a daily driver for someone who prefers a directional rig. 12 millimeters of taper combine with a nose-to-tail ratio that skews in favor of the former, to make the Stun Gun easy to plane through absurd amounts of powder, like that found at Baldface. What was surprising about this powder-friendly ride, given its distinctly directional shape, was its freestyle propensity. Riders had no problem pulling the trigger on airs when terrain features presented themselves. That long nose begs to yanked on for Grasser-style methods, and the board's stout rear easily finds it way into a back hand on tailgrabs. The Stun Gun is an everyday sort of powder board.
Sizes: 150, 155, 158
Specs and Features:
- Directional camber
- 12mm taper
- FSC Certified Super Fly II 700G Core
- 45 degree carbon highlights
While it's hard to have a bad time riding powder, doing so on a board designed specifically for that purpose elevates the experience. Float is the ultimate goal of a powder board, which can be achieved through a variety of characteristics. Taper means the board's nose is wider than its tail, allowing the board to plane easier in deep snow. Setback inserts work in a similar way, creating more nose than the tail. Strategically designed rocker and camber profiles can enhance float by affecting the way the board reacts to powder. Additional surface area, especially in the nose, is an especially importance trait in a powder board and can be enhanced through additional length, width, or a blend of both. We found the ideal venue to assess these characteristics, by way of a place called Baldface Lodge. Nestled in the British Columbia backcountry, Baldface is accessible in the winter only by helicopter—or a combination of boat and snowcat when there are too many flakes falling to fly. It is a powder paradise unlike anywhere in the world. We showed up here to a fresh meter and a storm that piled up deeper and deeper. Reviewing powder boards: It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.