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All-mountain snowboard review
Burton Custom Mystery

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Burton Custom Mystery all-mountain board shape

Dimensions:

Length (cm): 154, 158, 163
Waist width (mm): 252, 254, 257


Characteristics:

Terrain: 50% piste - 50% off-piste
Discipline: all-mountain
Snowboard level: advanced - expert
Stability: good
Edge grip: good
Floatation: enough
Character: lightweight and versatile

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All-mountain board Burton Custom Mystery 2017

"Allround intermediate board"

All-mountain board Burton Custom Mystery 2016




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Alex's review: Advanced+ all-mountain rider

Advanced+ level all-mountain boarder
Alex's rating of this snowboard:

4 stars


Considering his boarders profile:

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Reviewer Alex

"Which board has the highest limits on every terrain? Push and enjoy it to the max everywhere. Adrenaline comes from sharp long carves till blinding amounts of fresh snow in the woods. All-mountain snowboards should be able to handle it all."

 SkillsLevel 12
 FitnessLevel 12
 SpeedLevel 13
 Length:181 cm
 Weight:77 kg

 


My favourite all-mountain snowboards:

 

1. Nitro Pantera
All-mountain snowboard Nitro Pantera 2017

 

2. Amplid UNW8
All-mountain snowboard Amplid UNW8 2017

 

3. Capita Supernova
All-mountain snowboard Capita Supernova 2017

 

To all my reviews

 

Lighweight and precise


Burton Custom Mystery (tested 163 cm) is the new, directional shaped, Mystery snowboard in the Burton assortment. Related to the Custom and made for the 20th anniversary of it, the Custom Mystery is made with the Flying V shape. The rocker-camber-rocker-camber of the Flying V shape is not my favorite shape, but this board has enough power concealed to make quite large turns at speed. The rocker parts help for float and make the board overall easier to maneuver. That being said the Burton Custom Mystery is quite an expensive snowboard and that should be because of the Mystery inside the board. "Using a formula from the future, Mystery Glass is the result of a robotic-built complex carbon layup that allows us to manipulate flex and feel while revolutionizing strength-to-weight."

I'll stick to my experience of the behavior of the board. It is precise, lightweighted and fun to get around with. More float than the former Mystery, although I haven't had the chance to take it in bottomless powder. The Burton Custom Mystery is a 4 star board to me, feels slick, but I like it more challenging.

Top end board, not for the challenge

Although the Burton Custom Mystery is a top end board, you shouldn't associate it with a big challenge to control. The quality is in precise and easy steering, maybe also in durability but I can't judge about it. The versatility that the Flying V shape offers and the comfort that the medium flex gives, is noticeable. Edge hold is medium+, not extreme when you push it in full power carves. For smaller turns the Custom Mystery needs some more effort to switch quickly, but still good. And without the full camber rebound effect, you need to push it hard to feel the typical acceleration.

The Custom Mystery doesn't punish immediately at small mistakes, but it does allow for very precise steering. This top-end Burton snowboard is also stable enough to let it run down groomers. Then the tip gets a bit shaky but the payoff for that must be in deeper fresh snow which I unfortunately didn't have. The board will please advanced and higher level boarders who don't look for hard work and big challenges with their board but look for a smoother, precise, quality board under their feet. They can relax at any moment and rely on their own and the board's skills.

Burton about the Custom Mystery

"The absolute lightest weight science in the entire Burton line applied to the Custom’s versatile and venerated shape. Simply genius.

The mad scientists in our R&D department took our top secret Mystery technology and fused it with the Custom’s iconic shape to create the lightest weight board Burton has ever made. The result is an aggressive all-mountain machine that practically hovers over any terrain you take it on. The upgrade to PurePop Camber provides the snap and power you’d expect from camber, with flat zones outside the feet and early rise at the tip and tail for effortless float and a more catch-free feel.", says Burton.

Related snowboards

Amplid Paradigma: another typical allrounder, no extremes.
Burton Custom: all-mountain board, the camber variant is a nice intermediate board.
Nitro Ultimate: less playful board, same quality inside I suspect.

 

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All-mountain board Burton Custom Mystery 2017

"Allround intermediate board"

All-mountain board Burton Custom Mystery 2016




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