2018 Burton Skeleton Key Snowboard review – Men’s

Men's Burton Skeleton Key Snowboard

Burton Skeleton Key Snowboard review

The all mountain powder slayer with a mix of old an new school


THE 2018 BURTON Skeleton Key an all mountain powder board.

A directional utility device created to open the complete range of freeride surface.
The offspring of an one-night stand between 2 of Burton’s most adored all-terrain boards, the Burton Skeletal system Secret has swiftly come to be a staple in the quivers of our testers as well as group riders.

From Japan-deep pow to Mount Baker’s fabulous financial institutions, this distinctively hard-charging directional form merges camber with a somewhat boosted waistline size that sculpts like a blade.

BURTON Skeleton Key Specs

  • BEND Directional Camber
  • SHAPE Directional Shape, 10mm Taper
  • FLEX Directional Flex
  • CORE FSC Certified Super Fly II 700G Core, Dualzone EGD, Squeezebox
  • FIBERGLASS Triax Fiberglass
  • BASE Sintered WFO Base
  • MOUNTING The Channel
  • FEATURES Super Sap Epoxy, Balanced Freeride Geometry, Pro-Tip, Infinite Ride
  • BURTON WARRANTY 3-Year Warranty


  • All Mountain
  • Powder
  • Park
  • Groomers
  • Backcountry
  • Directional Shape
  • soft- to happy medium


What Size does the Burton Skeleton Key board come in?

  • 150
  • 154
  • 158
  • 162

Burton Skeleton Key Snowboard


2018 Burton Skeleton Key Review

Dimension: 154 as well as 158 (possess the 154 and also demod the 158).
Days: 15+.
Problems: Concerning 2 feet of powder with some groomers en route to the chairs, eventually. A number of various other days regarding the exact same or much better. Whole lot’s of excellent snow groomer days as well as a couple of springtime days hard in the early morning gradually transitioning to slush by very early mid-day.

Boots: Burton Almighty, Adidas Tactical ADV, Burton SLX, Burton Vagabond, Burton AMB, Adidas Samba.
Bindings: Union Atlas, Union Superpro, Burton Genesis, Burton Genesis X, Burton Cartel, Union Pressure, Union Call, Change SF, Change DS, Union Get In Touch With Pro, Union T.Rice, Burton Objective.

Such As the Genesis X and also Atlas bindings best with this board. Such As the Tactical ADV and also believe the Imperials, SLX’s or Ions would certainly be an excellent combination also. My Almighty’s were a touch soft.

Establish: regarding 12 front -12 back as well as around 22 ″ broad.

Approximate Weight: Really felt typical verging on light.

Sizing: The 154 seemed like magic when it involved fast active kip down the trees contrasted to the 158 and also I believe I could favor the 154. I suched as the drive as well as even more effective feeling when opening up on groomers. Its core is a little on the slim side as well as at the time I compose this I’m 180lbs after a lengthy steamy piss right when I awaken so per Burton I’m appropriate at the 2018 limitation of the weight suggestion. That being stated I’m typically larger than the weight suggestions as well as with the method I ride, I have actually never ever harmed a snowboard because of negative food selections. I’m type of in between the 154 as well as 158. If there was a 156 I believe it would certainly be excellent for my boot dimension (essential, weight as well as elevation). Still, both are enjoyable and also it boils down to exactly how you intend to ride. Brief as well as fast the 154. A little even more extracted and also opened on the groomers 158.

Flex: Great flex that really feels rather strong in between the feet however it was quite very easy to butter the tail. The 158 really feels a touch stiffer yet that can differ from board to board. Possibly there was a little bump to the flex to manage a greater weight suggestion however I’m uncertain.

On Snow Feeling: The Burton Skeletal system Secret obtained that exact same fantastic secure feeling that a lot of the Family history tapered directional boards have. The even more I ride it the much more I feel it’s a much more lively, directional, quicker switching as well as surfy variation of the Steward. I would not have actually believed that it had 10 mm of taper. It is not clean evidence however a whole lot much less washy off the tail than you would certainly assume for this sort of taper. It’s a really off the tail sort of surfy flight that’s obtained an incredibly fast dynamic feeling underfoot. It’s simply pure powder browsing enjoyable.

Side Hold: It’s great for anything however tough to icy snow. In contrasting this to a great deal of our various other Snow Browse as well as Freeride faves it’s a little behind when it pertains to hold. When the snow is tough you truly need to call back your switching as well as the sides release much easier than many in this course. It’s an enhancement over Burton’s Apartment Top and also Traveling V camber yet in our viewpoint, it requires a bit extra if you intend to ride in the tougher snow.

Transform Initiation: So fast as well as stylish side to side. It resembles the Branch Supervisor and also a genuine tree cheetah. It’s incredibly fast in limited scenarios as well as I might respond so rapidly that it made me seem like I was a far better tree motorcyclist. The board simply went where you desired it to select marginal initiative. With various other boards, I might do the very same line however usually there is an uncomfortable minute obtaining the board where you desire it and also I shed my grace yet with the Skeletal system Trick, I seemed like it was establishing me as much as be cooler than I go to every turn.

Transforming Experience: The general transforming experience from rolling it over from side to border swiftly in the trees to making huge sweeping sculpting turns is truly enjoyable. The Freeride Geometry sidecut is rather intriguing since on groomers it really feels even more like a dual ender like the Steward does yet in powder it really feels quite surfy like it should. It’s an enjoyable board to transform as well as despite the fact that it’s extremely fast side to border it’s not a very limited turner when the sidecut is entirely involved. Still, you can laugh at circle sculpts and also appreciate your self whenever you place your weight right into a turn. It’s a wonderful everyday motorist for those that just desire directional surfy turns as well as mostly trip just when the snow is tool or softer.

Skidded Transforms: Not excellent yet not as poor as camber. You actually wish to know the auto mechanics of transforming or else you can capture a side on the tail if you leave your video game. Still its attractive flexible for having this much camber taking place.

Sculpting: Wonderful resilient surfy sculpt with the Burton Skeletal System Trick. I might truly lay it out as long as I place a little bit even more weight on the back foot.

Rate: It can manage some respectable rate however it’s not fairly a bombing plane. I rode the Burton Steward after and also I might really feel that provide a lot more moist trip.

Unequal Surface: Practically best as well as I might hammer kip down magnates throughout the day. The only small problem is it’s a little bucky if you attempt to power over bumps rather than around them.

Powder: The Burton Skeletal System Secret does an actually excellent task for a 154. We have actually had up to a couple of feet of rather good Sierra as well as Waterfall snow with the 154 as well as it drifts truly very easy. Not exactly sure exactly how uncomplicated it will certainly remain in 3 feet plus of powder yet I believe it should not battle also difficult to survive. It’s the board I wish to secure when it’s a powder day however not endless as well as simply jam with the trees. We suched as the 154 Burton Skeletal system Secret far better than the 155 Branch Supervisor throughout the board on a head to head examination … besides riding button. When established all the method back on a 21.75 ″ position the 2019 Burton Skeletal System Secret has a 10.75 ″ obstacle on board yet we are determining from inside the nearly 1 ″ notch so you might call it practically a 9.75 ″ to 10 ″ problem on board. No matter this is a load greater than the -25 mm back on sidecut that it claims on my board or the -50 mm back it states on Burton’s specifications online for the 2019 and also previous designs. I’m not exactly sure if I must think the board or Burton’s website. Based upon my 2017 version having practically the very same trouble aboard and also sidecut as the 2019 design, I believe I’m mosting likely to think the website’s specifications. No matter that’s a great deal greater than the Steward and also this board flights a great deal better back on the tail than the majority of Burton boards. The nose as well as midsection is rather vast for this dimension so that assists as well. Does the rocker in the nose and also the taper in the tail. It transforms tiny and also drifts huge for its dimension. That obtain’s my trousers limited as well as creates an enjoyable however occasionally unpleasant trip if I do not put appropriately.

Change: nah …

Jibbing: perhaps however not built for it

Pipeline: Perhaps to lower the wall surfaces on a softer day.

Dives: Actually excellent springtime off the tail and also it increased me more than I assumed each time I struck a little all-natural function. Actually wonderful for a directional air as well as far more pop than you would certainly anticipate for such a slim board.

The extra I ride the Skeletal system Trick the much more I like it.


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