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
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.
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Freeride snowboard Burton Gate Keeper 2017
"Good floatation and stable at speed"
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