Expert level freerider
Alex's rating of this snowboard:
Considering his boarders profile:
"Easy float, let me hike, surf and play any terrain. I don't like a powder board to be too flexible, because I want to lay some trenches on the groomers too. When the snow starts falling in the evening, I get happily nervous for the next day."
My favourite freeride snowboards:
1. Jones Carbon Flagship
2. Nitro Mountain
3. Jones Flagship
To all my reviews
Burton Branch Manager: enjoy the surf
Burton Branch Manager (tested length 159 cm) is almost a pure freerider. Made for surfing powder and that in a relaxed way. The Branch Manager provides float to stay on top in any amount of snow. As it is not so stiff, it is bendable and forgiving in the sense of fairly easy maneuver. Again, focus when riding the Branch Manager is to enjoy the surf. Steer it around with minimal effort and choose your line. On piste it provides no extras, just cross it or ride it to the lift to find more powder. I like my boards a bit stiffer in general, for me the Burton Branch Manager is a 3.5 star board.
Intermediate powder board
Burton Branch Manager might a great snowboard for the intermediate boarder who starts to explore the backcountry. As it is quite easy to ride without immediate punishment, the Branch Manager will help you enjoy and a step further. For higher level boarders it depends on the mindset. For full power, full speed, full energy, look further. But if you like to surf with comfort, the Branch Manager will do it for you.
Burton about Branche Manager
"A professional pow surfer, specializing in snappy slashes and threading fine lines through the forest.
Designed in collaboration with Japanese powder guru Narufumi “Beru” Yoshimura, the NEW Burton Branch Manager features one of the most interesting shapes in the line, fine-tuned for slashing and weaving through trees and floating through open pow fields. Prioritizing float and quick-turning ability, it features the snap of carbon-reinforced Squeezebox High profiling and a directional camber shape that earns its name when you need to dodge a rogue sapling while threading a fine line through the forest.", says Burton.
Fine and fun freerider.
Burton Gate Keeper: stiffer but still not extreme, freeride board.
Flow Maverick: for bigger powder lines and higher speed.
Nitro Slash: more flexible easier floater.