Expert level freerider Alex's rating of this snowboard:
Considering his boarders profile:
en-US - * - 3020
"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."
The Burton Working Stiff (tested at 154 cm which is the "one size fits all") looks different than usual big mountain snowboards with the thick tip. It looks very tough and unforgiving this way. The Working Stiff is a snowboard though that I think an intermediate+ level boarder can already take it for a ride. At 154 cm length it is easy to maneuver both on piste and in powder. But how special it may look, I haven't figured out in what it excels. Camber keeps it alive on piste, and floatation is sufficient for fresh snow. The Burton Working Stiff is OK for most conditions and performance wise for me a medium+ board which makes I give the Working Stiff a 3.5 star rating.
Mediocre in most conditions
Burton Working Stiff has just enough float for riding powder. On piste it is stiff enough to let it run and put power on till a certain limit, not extreme. The Working Stiff is not extremely fast but the torsional stiffness does give it stability. The thickness in the tip helps to ride through crud and tracked terrain. This makes that you take the Working Stiff serious but overall it is mediocre in most snow conditions. In the construction of the Burton Working Stiff appears to be something special though with a sort of self recovering fibers after a day riding. It is not totally clear how that functions and what you'll notice of it.
Burton about the Working Stiff
"Enter a new dimension of floatation and freedom on a board that defies convention by blending a powerful nose with a playful tail.", says Burton.