Hello and welcome to my Burton Deep Thinker review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Deep Thinker as a freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Deep Thinker a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freeride snowboards.
NOTE: This review has only been updated to the 2022 model. The 2023 model has changed and we are waiting until we ride this board again before updating.
Whilst the specs didn't change and there's no indication of change I have heard that it's changed quite a bit. And the Free Thinker, which we did test in a 2023 model is quite different to previous models, despite seemingly being unchanged.
Being the Free Thinker's partner in crime, and the fact that reports are that it's different, we believe that the 2023 model is different enough that we can't update this review until we re-test the board.
Board: Burton Deep Thinker 2021
Flex Rating: Medium-Stiff
Flex Feel on Snow: Stiff (8/10)
Rating Score: 81.9/100
Compared to other Men’s Freeride Boards
Out of the 32 men’s freeride snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Deep Thinker’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Deep Thinker’s specs and available sizes.
Directional Hybrid Camber - camber to the tail, then some rocker towards the nose
Felt a little heavier than normal
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Deep Thinker Most Suited To?
The Deep Thinker is best suited to advanced level riders who want a strong carving freeride deck. Something that works great for bombing the groomers and laying down carves, but that also floats well when things get deep.
Not for the beginner and even intermediate riders might struggle a little with this one.
The Deep Thinker in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Deep Thinker is capable of.
Board: Burton Deep Thinker 2021, 160cm (255mm waist width)
Date: March 7, 2020
Conditions: Cloudy but still around 90-95% visibility.
Groomers had a decent layer of soft with mostly a medium firmness under that layer, with some harder spots in patches.
Off groomer soft with some overnight fresh. Not waist deep or anything, but a nice amount.
Wind around 10-15kph (6-9mph). Temperature was -8°C (17.6°F) and with wind chill -11°C (12.2°F).
Bindings angles: +15/-15
Stance width: 560mm (22″)
Stance Setback: Setback 25mm
Width at Inserts: 265mm (10.4") at front insert and 267mm (10.5") at back insert
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 175lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Salomon Lo-Fi
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
I couldn't decide if it felt like an 8/10 or a 7.5/10. So somewhere around there. If I was to buy this board I would most likely go with the 157, in which case it would feel a little softer, so then 7.5/10, or possibly between 7/10 and 7.5/10 would be more accurate.
Damp or Chattery?
Quite damp. A good bit up the damp side of the scale.
Smooth or Snappy?
Feels like more of a smooth ride as opposed to a snappy one.
Felt really good in the shallow powder I had and I would say it would still go really well in deep powder too.
It has some rocker in the nose, has 7mm of taper, 25mm setback on effective edge and a longer nose vs tail. Probably not a super surfy powder feel, but definitely has the specs and feel to be really good in powder.
Carving & Turning
Carving: This is the board's strongest suit, and it's really strong here. Can lay down some big carves on this board.
Turning: You've got to be a bit of energy into turning it, but nothing that's too taxing to turn. Not a super easy turning board, but also not super hard either.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Not super maneuverable at slower speeds, but better than I was expecting.
Skidded Turns: You can to an extent, but certainly not easy to skid turns on.
Nice and stable at speed. Feels damp and stable. Might have even scored it a little higher for speed, but I did let go a little on me, when hitting a hard patch at speed. But certainly on good to firm snow, you can really bomb with it.
Decent enough weaving through bumps. Not effortless, you've got to put some energy into it, particularly if it's a really tight spot where you have to take it slow, with short sharp turns, but not terrible in that situation either.
Good in crud. It absorbs chatter pretty well.
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Better than I thought - particularly suited to large straight air.
Pop: You've got to put some effort in to extract it, but once you do, there's decent pop there for sure.
Approach: Nice and stable for those bigger jumps when you need more speed, but less suitable for more technical approaches to side hits and the likes.
Landing: You can stomp a landing on it for sure. Not overly forgiving of errors, but if you stomp it, it feels good.
Side-hits: Not as maneuverable as I would like and pop not easy enough to extract to be great here. And just not forgiving enough when landing is a bit off or you're landing on something uneven.
Small jumps/Big jumps: Big straight air with a good smooth solid landing spot is where this board is best, IMO.
Felt OK riding switch, but not ideal.
Getting the spin round is OK, but not super easy. Landing and taking off switch and setting up for a spin or landing one, isn't the best. Not really a spinner.
Fine for anything simple, but not what it's suited to for sure, and not what it's designed for.
I little easier to butter than I was expecting, but still harder than the average board to butter.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
Overall, the Deep Thinker is really fun on a carve and bombing and in powder. Everything you want out of a hard charging freeride board.
Didn't feel amazing in harder spots and not super maneuverable in unever terrain, but overall a nice board for charging on, if you're an advanced rider.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Deep Thinker, or if you are ready to buy, or if you just want to research prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you want to check out some other freeride snowboard options, or if you want to compare how the Deep Thinker compares to other freeride snowboards, then check out the next link.