Advanced+ level powder boarder
Steef's rating of this snowboard:
Considering his boarders profile:
"In powder I want float and a bit of flex. I don't mind to work hard for a perfect powder run, as long as it pays off. Blue skies, bottomless powder describes paradise. Looking for adventure sometimes brings me to the edge."
My favourite powder snowboards:
1. Völkl Squad Prime
2. GNU Beast
3. Burton Barracuda
To all my reviews
A good powder board to rumble through a versatile terrain with an off-piste preference. But don’t think the Burton Barracuda is useless on groomed slopes, it handles quite well over there too.The board gives the best of itself off-piste. I kept it floating easily without getting tired. Barracuda is agile, easy turning and building confidence. Deep snow, unprepared slopes, bumps, it really doesn’t matter, this boar copes with it.
On piste, you do feel the limit
First couple of turns on the piste the Barracuda felt a bit nervous to me, like a soft beginners board which is too sharp. But once I got used to it, I noticed that it is not a really soft, flexible powderboard, but relative stiff instead and okay for some big turns on high speed. Only when I started really to push the board in turns, it started sliding away and didn’t hold. But there it surprises you by not suddenly breaking out. No, you can feel pretty good when the grip is coming to an end. This is a high quality powder board to me.
Burton about the Barracuda
"Speed, float, and flowing control in an all-terrain vehicle for the front, side, and backcountry. A board that can't be contained by terrain or conditions, the highly versatile Burton Barracuda harnesses freeride-focused Directional Flying V™ and a slight taper to bring Fish-like float to the entire mountain. Not as pow-specific as the Fish or as freestyle-focused as the Trick Pony, this ATV pushes the boundaries of freeride into an entirely different realm of straight shots and pillow lines. With all-wheel drive Frostbite Edges, the snap and stability of Squeezebox core profiling, and a snappier feel thanks to the Carbon I-Beam™ upgrade, this top predator is the one to reach for in variable or unknown terrain.", says Burton. The board feels designed for serious freeriding in the deep snow or actually any amount of fresh snow. For sharp carving turns on-piste, it doesn't provide enough grip for the more powerfull riders. But if backcountry is your goal, and once and a while you have to cross some slopes, this board will be a very good match.
K2 Gyrator: just as good to me. 2012 board, but still for sale at some shops.
Nitro Slash: a favorite in the powder department for its flex.
Freeride board Burton Barracuda 2016
"Good powder board to rumble around"
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