This Burton freeride staple is capable of unlocking access to just about any all-mountain option. Featuring a directional profile that puts positive camber in the back with rocker up front, the Skeleton Key is designed to be ridden shorter while providing the float and stability often associated with more length. Testers found it perfect in tight trees, yet it retained the ability to charge wide-open steeps prevalent at the 'Bird. "Everything about this board worked well to create a unique and fun riding experience," explained one impressed tester. "It handled a broad spectrum of riding, from playful jibs to high-speed turns." If you're looking to unlock the full scale of your riding abilities, then this might just be the key to your success.
Board Specs & Features:
Length (cm) – Waist Width (cm)
150 — 25.2
154 — 25.6
158 — 25.8
162 — 26.2
Camber: Directional Camber
(Flex is not standardized and differs by brand. The rating here is the best estimate of the board’s flex.)
Testers Said: "Everything about this board worked well to create a unique and fun riding experience. It handled a broad spectrum of riding, from playful jibs to high-speed turns."
Buying a new snowboard shouldn't be an arduous task. But with hundreds of options to choose from, narrowing down options can be an overwhelming process. The internal struggle boils down to the reality that these things aren't cheap. With that in mind, Good Wood's intent has always been to best serve you in your quest to purchase the deck most deserving of your money. This season, our diverse crew of testers returned to the steeps of Snowbird, Utah for the all-mountain category and the progressive features of Carinthia at Mount Snow, Vermont for the park division. In the end, we came back with a collection of boards that are worthy of TransWorld's esteemed Good Wood stamp of approval.
How The Boards Are Scored
Shortly after ripping laps on each model, our testers score the board based on a comprehensive set of characteristics that include edgehold, pop, swingweight, turn initiation, stability, and flex. The scorecards for the park and all-mountain categories of the test each have unique and specific criteria designed to pinpoint the strengths and weakness of a snowboard in the setting respective to its category. Beyond the quantifiable scoring, we also ask testers to comments on each facet of the board’s performance. These notes we refer to extensively when writing each review. Dive into the results and see what performed for our testers, then find what will work for you.