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Burton Gate Keeper

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Burton Gate Keeper 2017 Freeride snowboard test

Dimensions:

Length (cm): 159, 163
Waist (mm): 255, 260


Characteristics:

Terrain: 30% piste - 70% off-piste
Discipline: freeride
Snowboard level: advanced - expert
Edge grip: good
Floatation: very good
Character: directional freeride hybrid board

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Freeride snowboard Burton Gate Keeper 2017

"Good floatation and stable at speed"

Freeride snowboard Burton Gate Keeper 2017




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Steef's review: Advanced+ freerider

Advanced+ level powder boarder
Steef's rating of this snowboard:

4 stars


Considering his boarders profile:

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Reviewer Steef

"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."

 SkillsLevel 13
 FitnessLevel 12
 SpeedLevel 12
 Length:180 cm
 Weight:72 kg

 


My favourite powder snowboards:

 

1. Völkl Squad PrimePowder snowboard Völkl Squad Prime 2016

 

2. GNU BeastFreeride snowboard GNU Beast 2016

 

3. Burton BarracudaFreeride snowboard Burton Barracuda

 

To all my reviews

 

Pow(d)er driver


Burton Gate Keeper (163 cm) doesn't feel as the most light weighted board, but the Gate Keeper is very stable. Nice for making long turns on speed on groomed pistes with having quite good edge hold. Disordered terrain is no problem for the Burton Gate Keeper, but it is at it's best in deep snow. For the more advanced riders who know to handle a heavier and more demanding board like this.

Stable through all conditions

On this Gate Keeper board it felt good too thunder down through disordered terrain. Slashing through piles of snow with ease while staying very stable and under control. In deep snow it has much float and the board feels very solid. On groomed pistes it is ok and the edge hold is quite good. Especially long speeding turns are what the board wants. It is quite stiff, but doesn't have much pop, so for the short and aggressive moves it is less suitable. I would give the Burton Gate Keeper an overall score of 4 stars.

Burton about the Family Tree Gate Keeper

"Designed with input from some of the world’s best backcountry guides: a born leader with absolute speed and float. Designed in collaboration with guides from across North America, the NEW Burton Gate Keeper hits the most important aspects of board design for pros (and aspiring pros) who seek the most out of a backcountry deck. Float and speed were the design priority, with a direcitonal camber shape featuring a 15mm taper that turns easy and maintains momentum while breaking trail or blasting through the flats. Capable of slaying any fall line, but not too aggressive, so anyone and everyone can be carried through their big mountain adventure.", says Burton. Indeed, float and speed are the main plusses.

"We then have a board called the Gatekeeper. With this one, we reached out to guides all over the globe to develop the best boards in guiding and it was really interesting to see what needs they had from a guide's perspective. The board that came out was a pretty unique one that I don’t think we would have come up with on our own. It isn't a split but I could easily see it becoming one.", says a Burton representative.

Related snowboards

Nitro Slash: easy floater with a lot of flex.
Rossignol XV Magtek: professional rider Xavier de le Rue's favorite board, top-end.
Jones Flagship: this board is absolutely fantastic for freeriding.

 

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Freeride snowboard Burton Gate Keeper 2017

"Good floatation and stable at speed"

Freeride snowboard Burton Gate Keeper 2017




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