Expert Review: Burton Deep Thinker Snowboard · 2022Published on 03/03/2023 · 6 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Ethan Naughton
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the snowboard, which I purchased with my own money in January of 2022.
After riding the Burton Deep Thinker 2022, I have found that it's great for intermediate to advanced all-mountain freeriders. It's super awesome in pow, on groomers, and on the steeps, and has a responsive camber profile for increased stability, along with a directional shape for better control and maneuverability.
About the snowboard I own
- Model: 2022 Burton Deep Thinker
- Size: 154cm
- Height: 5’10”
- Weight: 165lbs
- Experience: 7 years of snowboarding
- When I bought it: January 2022
- Days tested: 30+
- Mount position: Centered
- Boots: 2020 Adidas Men’s Response 3MC ADV Double BOA
- Boot Size: 10
- Bindings: 2020-2023 Burton Cartels, Union Forces
- Where I’ve used it: Colorado, Utah, Canada
- Terrain: Pow, groomers, moguls, trees
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a board that would offer a stable, responsive ride all over the mountain and let me conquer my freeride needs. The Burton Deep Thinker 2022 seemed like the perfect fit, with its camber profile and directional shape providing the stability and control I was looking for on groomers and in pow.
Why I chose this gear
I chose the Burton Deep Thinker 2022 because it had everything I was looking for in an all-mountain freeride snowboard. It has a lightweight and responsive design that is great for maneuvering and making quick turns, a camber profile for pop and playfulness, a directional shape that provides the stability and control I need, as well as an exceptional float in pow. Plus, the board is made with a durable core and sidewalls, so it will last for many seasons to come. I considered other options, such as the Capita Kazu Kokubo, Burton Custom, and the Lib Tech Orca, but I found that the Deep Thinker was the best for versatility when it came to all mountain and freeride. The Capita and Orca were a bit too pow- and freeride-focused with less freestyle aspects, and the Custom was too freestyle-focused for me. I found the Deep Thinker was a perfect fit for ripping the whole mountain with ease and fun.
What I love about it
- Speed: The directional shape and stiffer flex make this thing a charger. It can easily handle any of the steepest terrain I throw at it. The camber underfoot also gives it amazing stability and control at speed.
- Edge hold: The edge hold on this board is exceptional; I am really able to dig into my carves because of the camber and stiffer build. I never feel out of place when leaning into my toe or heelside carves. Even at super high speeds, this thing impresses me
- Turns: It’s no surprise that this board turns amazingly, no doubt due to the classic camber underfoot. Transitioning from toe to heel is super quick and easy; it’s nimble yet stable.
- Groomers: Rips groomers, carves like a dream, or I can straight line like a wild man.
- Powder: The slight swallow tail and setback stance give the Deep Thinker great float in pow. I took this thing out on a 14+ inch pow day and I was able to surf the whole mountain with ease. It cuts through pow like butter.
- Trees: The Deep Thinker loves trees, so tight and quick turns are my friend. The setback stance gives me a lot more control and time while in tight spaces.
- Moguls: Similar to trees, the setback stance and thinner tail give this board extra control in moguls and bumpy terrain. If the moguls are small enough, I can simply straight line with the Deep Thinker.
- Durability: It has classic Burton durability and quality. The base and edges are rock solid. I’ve rode over trees, rocks, you name it, and this board has survived it. The base has taken some core shots and they were really easy to Ptex and repair.
- Weight: Its 6.7lb weight is right in the middle weight for an all-mountain board.
- Stability: The stiffness, camber, and directional shape all combine to give this board great stability. I can charge hard or pop my way through the park. There is also very little chatter at high speeds because of the shape and stiffness; this thing is a rocket.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Park: Decent in the park, but not the best board out there. The directional shape is the reason. Something softer and more twin-shaped would fit better in the park. Though the 45° Carbon Highlights offer amazing pop without the board being way too stiff, which is very fun in the park.
- Switch riding: The directional shape and setback stance doesn’t make switch riding ideal, but it’s no problem for this board. I felt a very small, slight difference when riding switch, but nothing that cripples this board. There is also added tail pop when riding switch, which is super fun and playful.
Favorite moment with this gear
My favorite moment with the Burton Deep Thinker was when I was in Snowbird, Utah, in 2022. I purchased the board because the forecast said we were going to get a foot overnight and I only had my park board. Shredding down some fresh powder with a fresh board was just the best feeling. The board was so responsive and stable, and the edge hold was great. It allowed me to make tight turns and navigate the terrain with ease. I was also able to hit some jumps, and the board had enough pop and dampness to keep me in control. It was such an awesome and exhilarating ride, and I'm so glad I had this new board with me.
Value for the money vs. other options
The Burton Deep Thinker 2022 is definitely worth the money. It's a great board for intermediate to advanced riders. The features and performance one gets for the price is really impressive. Compared to other boards in the same price range like the Burton Custom, Capita Kazu Kokubo, and Lib Tech Orca, the Deep Thinker has a better overall versatility and fits with my needs. In terms of value for the money, the Burton Deep Thinker 2022 is a great pick.
The Burton Deep Thinker 2022 is a great board for intermediate to advanced riders, offering a lightweight and responsive ride with features like a camber profile, directional shape, and setback stance. It's a great choice for anyone looking for a board that's stable, durable, and capable of handling all kinds of terrain from powder to park jumps.