Expert Review: Burton Process Flying V Snowboard · 2023Published on 01/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I tested for two days in January of 2023.
All photos courtesy of Gaelen Mast
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I tested for two days in January of 2023.
The 2023 Burton Process Flying V is good for the all-mountain or freestyle rider who wants an introduction to camber snowboards. However, it’s best suited for ambitious intermediate or advanced riders looking for something that’s a bit more mellow.
About the board I tested
- Model: 2023 Burton Process Flying V Snowboard
- Size: 152cm
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 150lbs
- Experience: 10 years
- When I tested the board: January 2023
- Days tested: 2
- Mount position: Regular, front foot +15, back foot -12
- Boots: Vans Aura OG
- Boot Size: 10.5 U.S. Men's
- Bindings: 2023 Burton Cartel (Large)
- Where I’ve used it: Winter Park Resort (CO)
- Terrain: Trees, Park, Groomers
How it performs
What I was looking for
I’m fortunate enough to have access to several different Burton snowboard models at my local ski resort that I can demo. I had never ridden Burton’s “Flying V” technology before but had heard of its versatility, so I wanted to test out that claim.
Why I chose to test this gear
I settled on the Burton Process because my choices for boards with Burton’s “Flying V” profile were the Process, the Custom, and the Wave Tracer. The Custom is a more aggressive board, and I was looking to take it easy, so I ruled out that. The Wave Tracer is a powder board, and there wasn’t enough powder on the mountain to justify taking it out.
What I love about it
- Lightweight and Nimble: The first thing I immediately noticed about this snowboard is its light. Couple this lightweight feel with the fair amount of rocker in the “Flying V” profile, which made for a board that took very little work to initiate a turn. I took several laps through the woods and loved how easily I could weave around trees and change directions effortlessly.
- Edge Hold: This board contains small amounts of camber, but it’s abundant enough to notice when carving. One can really engage the camber, and it provides a solid edge hole, which is quite impressive considering that there isn’t actually all that much camber in the board.
- Freestyle Abilities: While this board is marketed as an all-mountain/freestyle option, it can hold its own against pure park boards. Firstly, it’s very lightweight, so it’s quite easy to get into the air and throw it around in spins. Secondly, the small amounts of camber provided a surprising amount of pop that had me popping off every side hit, drop, and jump I could find. Thirdly, it’s got a lot of flex to it. The board comes in at a soft-medium flex consistent throughout the whole board, so it’s quite easy to press and butter this board with minimal effort.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Stability at High Speeds: This board isn’t a missile. It has very clear speed limits, and the board became quite unstable whenever I exceeded them. At high speeds, there was lots of chatter in the tips, which resonated throughout the whole board, and I could feel every bump I rode over. This isn’t a board I would want to take down steeps.
- Easy to Wash Out: Washing out is when a rider falls because the board kicks out from under them, most commonly when the rider’s weight is too far forward or backward. I found that this board washed out very easily if my weight wasn’t centered. This most commonly happened when I would get some air and land with my weight slightly backward. Due to this, it’s not a board I would take on large jumps or cliffs, as it’s too easy to end up on the ground if my weight isn’t centered upon landing.
- Powder Flotation: This is a twin board, and twin boards simply don’t do as well in powder as directional boards. That, combined with the fact that it’s also a softer flexing board, simply means it’s not going to handle powder well. I took it through a couple of powder stashes about 4-5 inches deep, and it handled okay. However, it’s not a board I would ride in more than 6 inches of snow, and it isn’t a great option for those who see fresh snow frequently.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment with this snowboard was taking it through the medium size jump line in our terrain park. The pop from this board is very predictable, so I felt confident in hitting these jumps and throwing tricks I’m not as comfortable with because I knew exactly how the board would react coming off of the lip of the jumps.
Value for the money vs. other options
While plenty of other freestyle/all-mountain boards feature both camber and rocker in their profile, few others offer the “Flying V” rocker/camber/rocker/camber/rocker profile, which is unique to Burton. This alone helps justify the price tag for the 2023 Process Flying V. Cheaper snowboard options with similar riding characters include the Capita DOA and the Rome Artifact. Additionally, even though I only rode this board for two days while demoing it, I can attest to its durability. Burton is known to make high-quality products that last, and this one is no exception. I took it over several rocks, and the base still looked good as new after I was done with it. This durability also helps justify the price tag.
The Burton Process Flying V Is a great introduction to camber for the rider who wants to try it out without committing too much to the camber lifestyle. Its unique profile lets riders experience the benefits of camber (such as pop and edge hold) while retaining the playfulness and forgiveness of a rocker board. It is exceptional at freestyle and decent on the rest of the mountain and would make a fine daily driver for riders who don’t see fresh snow constantly.