Hello and welcome to my Burton Flight Attendant review.
In this review I will take a look at the Flight Attendant as a Freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Flight Attendant a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freeride snowboards.
Board: Burton Family Tree Flight Attendant 2017
Price: $549 (USD recommended retail)
Rating Score: 91.3/100
Compared to other Men’s Freeride Boards
Out of the 20 Men’s Freeride snowboards that I rated:
- The average price was $599 (USD)
- The average score was 81.9/100
- The highest score was 91.8/100
- The lowest score was 57.1/100
- The Flight Attendant ranked 2nd out of 20
Overview of the Flight Attendant’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Flight Attendant’s specs and available sizes.
|Ability Level||Advanced to Expert||Feel||Semi Locked-In|
|Weight||Normal||Turn Initiation||Fast & Responsive|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Camber (mostly Camber with Rocker in the Nose)||Shape||Tapered Directional|
|Stance Setback||Setback 35mm||Edge-hold||Medium-Hard snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||244||248||250||254||260||260||264|
|Weight Range (kgs)||57-75||61-79||66-84||75-93||79-98||66-84||75-93|
|Weight Range (lbs)||125-165||135-175||145-185||165-205||175-215||145-185||165-205|
Who is the Flight Attendant Most Suited to?
The Flight Attendant is ideal for anyone looking for a hard charging freeride board that has just a little bit more forgiveness in flex than your average freeride deck.
It’s still awesome when riding at speed, floating over powder and for carving. But if you want to be able to do a bit of freestyle when in the backcountry and simply just want a bit more forgiveness in the flex than your super-stiff freeride deck, then the FA might be the best choice for you.
The Flight Attendant in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Flight Attendant is capable of.
Board: Burton Family Tree Flight Attendant 2017, 159cm (waist width 250mm)
Date: April 9th, 2016
Conditions: Icy snow to start the day, but softened up in the afternoon. Not a cloud in the sky! It was the ideal day – in terms of the weather – apart from leaving my sunscreen in the car!
There wasn’t a lot of it on the day I rode the FA, but in the softer afternoon snow you could a feel for what this board would be like over powder. It was a teaser and I want to give this thing a proper test in some really deep powder.
With a 35mm setback and a scoopy nose with a bit of rocker, and based on previous year’s models, there’s no doubt that this thing can float with the best of them.
Was, simply put, awesome to carve on this thing.
And that wasn’t surprising, given it’s largely camber profile (apart from that rocker in the nose), and the medium-stiff flex.
The FA is fast! And more importantly it’s stable at speed and stable when carving at speed. No fear of washing out at all and could really bomb with minimal chatter and feeling very stable.
Learn more about the FA in the Video below
The FA has a flex that is softer than a lot of freeride boards. It’s still medium stiff, so you still good all the response, stability and edge-hold you want from a stiffer board but it’s just that little bit more forgiving.
That really helped this thing to ride out any bumpy terrain I came across. It handles the uneven terrain pretty well.
Not the FA’s forte, but you can definitely jump on it. Not so much for taking through the jump line in the park but it’s good for dropping off lips or popping off rollers etc, when you need/want to.
Not the worst freeride board to ride switch. But it’s still a tapered directional shape with a 35mm setback stance. So it’s not going to feel the most natural to ride switch either.
Changes from the 2016 Model
Apart from the graphic, this is the same great board that it was in the 2016 model.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||91.3/100|
Overall, the FA is a super fun, fast carving machine that can handle anything from the deepest snow to hard pack. It has a slightly more forgiving flex than some super-stiff freeride boards and it can handle uneven terrain well.
So it’s no wonder it was second in my Top 5 Freeride boards this year.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you’re interested in learning more about the Flight Attendant or want to research current prices and availability, check out the links below.
- Burton Flight Attendant at NZ Shred (New Zealand -2018 model)
If you want to check out some other freeride options or see how the FA compares to other freeride decks check out the next link.