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Burton Skeleton Key

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Dimensions:

Length (cm): 154, 158 (+ in 2019: 150, 162)
Waist: 25.6, 25.8

Characteristics:

Terrain: 40% piste - 60% off-piste
Discipline: big mountain
Snowboard level: advanced+
Edge grip: very good
Floatation: good
Character: ride the mountain anywhere with edge grip

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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

 

Fast and furious


Burton Skeleton Key (tested length: 158 cm) is a serious weapon in the hands of an experienced rider. Fast, loads of grip, stiff, agile. The Skeleton Key can be hard to handle if not treated right but it rewards you when you give it the right input. A 50% piste - 50% freeride snowboard for me that needs skills from advanced till expert riders.

Rip down the mountain

The Burton Skeleton Key board looks good and aggressive. Riding it, the Skeleton Key board has a nice pop and carves like crazy. Doing that it delivers much speed too but keeps very stable. In deep snow it has good float and manoeuvrability. Carving down a groomer Burton Skeleton Key likes more the long fast big slalom turns. I rate it with 4,5 stars.

Burton about the Skeleton Key

"For the deepest days and trickiest lines, move mountains with the ultimate in float and freeride versatility.

A directional utility tool designed to unlock the full spectrum of freeride terrain.
An offspring of a one-night stand between the Con Artist and Flight Attendant, the NEW Skeleton Key has quickly become a staple in the quivers of our testers and team riders. From Japan-deep pow to Baker’s legendary banks, this uniquely hard-charging directional shape fuses camber with a slightly increased waist width that carves like a knife. Hand shaped at Craig’s in Vermont."
, says Burton. That's to narrow in my opinion because it has very good piste capacities too.

Related snowboards

Burton Dump Truck: easier to handle but with less grip.
Burton Mystery Malolo: fast, but not that agile.
Amplid Surfari: pretty similar performance.

 

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