In this review, I’ll take a look at the Burton Flight Attendant 2017 model as a freeride snowboard.
This review is for the 2017 model and is more of a brief overview. For the latest and more detailed review check out the link below.
But if you’ve found a past season’s Flight Attendant (FA) and are looking to learn more about it, read on.
The Ideal Rider for the Flight Attendant
The Flight Attendant is best for anyone who wants to bomb the mountain. Someone that wants to explore the backcountry but also be able to carve up the groomers.
It’s not a one-board quiver – if you also want to ride the park or ride freestyle, then it’s not ideal – but it is a little bit more forgiving than some other freeride boards – so you can do a bit of freestyle stuff if you get the mood for it – but probably more so when you’re in the backcountry than in the park still.
But it’s main strengths are carving, riding powder and riding at speed.
Board: Burton Flight Attendant 2017
Price: $549 (USD MSRP)
Flex Rating: Medium-Stiff
Flex Feel on Snow: Medium-stiff (7/10)
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 2017 Flight Attendant’s Specs
Check out the charts below for the FAs specs and the sizes it was made in.
|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|
Board: Burton Flight Attendant 2017, 159cm (250mm waist width)
Conditions: Icy snow to start the day, but softened up in the afternoon. Not a cloud in the sky! It was the prefect day – well, in terms of the weather anyway – I do wish I didn’t leave my sunscreen in the car though!
Bindings: Burton Cartel EST 2017
More Info and What Others Thought of the 2017 FA
Check out some of the user reviews and professional reviews on the 2017 FA below.
The Good Ride
This video is for the 2016 model but not much changed between 2016 and 2017.
And one more vid to see this bad boy in action. This is also an older model (2015 I think) but again, this board hasn’t changed much for a couple of years.
And next what I thought of the 2017 FA.
The Score Breakdown
Check out the score breakdown below for the 2017 FA’s strengths and weaknesses.
|FACTOR||RATING (OUT OF 5)||CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL SCORE|
|TOTAL after normalizing||91.3/100|
This was a really fun freeride board and one that’s just a bit more forgiving that your average hard charging freeride board. It still has all the aspects of a freeride board but it’s just the little bit tamer, which I found was nice.
If you want something super stiff and super hard charging and aren’t that interested in getting freestyley in the backcountry/on the groomers, then there are better options probably – but if you want a freeride board in all senses of the word, but with just that little bit more playfulness, then the FA is definitely worth checking out.
More Info, Availability and Current Prices
If you want to learn more about the FA, are ready to buy or want to research prices and availability, check out the links below. Because this is the 2017 model, there may not be any availability at the time you are searching and potentially only the latest model will be available.
But if you can find the 2017 model, you should be able to get a great deal on it.
If you want to see how the FA compares to other Freeride boards or want to check out some other freeride options, check out the link below.