Hello and welcome to my Burton Process Flying V review.
In this review I will take a look at the Process Flying V as an all-mountain snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Process Flying V a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other all-mountain snowboards.
Board: Burton Process Flying V
Price: $499 (USD recommended retail)
Flex: Medium-Soft (4.5/10)
Rating Score: 84.1/100
Compared to other Men’s All-Mountain Boards
Out of the 27 men’s all-mountain snowboards that I rated:
- The average score was 80.9/100
- The highest score was 92.1/100
- The lowest score was 63.4/100
- The average price was $490
- The Process Flying V ranked 9th out of 27
Overview of the Process Flying V’s Specs
Check out the Process Flying V’s specs and available sizes in the charts below.
|Style||All-Mountain||Flex||Medium-Soft (4.5 out of 10)|
|Ability Level||Beginner to Expert||Feel||Semi-stable|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker (Flying V)||Shape||Directional Twin but basically true twin in terms of flex and shape but with a setback stance|
|Stance Setback||Setback 12.5mm||Edge-hold||Medium snow|
|Waist Width (mm)||249||251||252||257||255||260||257||262|
|Weight Range (lbs)||125 - 165||135 - 175||135 - 175||135 - 175||145 - 185||145 - 185||165 - 205||165 - 205|
|Weight Range (kgs)||57 - 75||61-80||61-80||61-80||66 - 84||66 - 84||75-93||75-93|
Who is the Process Flying V Most Suited to?
The Process Flying V is on the softer side for an all-mountain board. So it’s great for anyone who prefers something more playful than aggressive.
That said you can still get reasonably aggressive with this deck if you feel the need from time to time.
As far as the definition of “all-mountain” goes – this board really is a great all-rounder and has no major weaknesses, so it’s perfect for anyone who wants only one board but needs it to be able to do a bit of everything.
It’s great in the park, it’s great on the trails and it’s got some great float in powder for the backcountry.
This board is suitable for a beginner (not ideal but definitely suitable) and can be enjoyed by the most expert rider too (assuming you’re looking for a playful ride). I wouldn’t say that about too many boards. So, no matter what point you’re at, if you’re looking for something that will stay for you for a long time, this is a great option.
The Process Flying V in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Process Flying V is capable of.
Board: Burton Process Flying V 2017, 157cm (252mm waist width)
Date: April 9, 2016
Conditions: Icy at first, but softened up in the afternoon. Not a cloud in the sky! It was the ideal day – in terms of the weather – except that I forgot my sunscreen!
Bindings angles: +18/-6
Not a lot of powder on the day but when I found the occasional pocket the float on this board was really quite good. Better than I had expected to be fair.
But thinking about it now, I’m less surprised. It does have a 0.5” (12.5mm) setback and there’s plenty of rocker in the profile.
Carving and Turning
Yes, this board can carve. And it carves about as well and you could expect a board with a softer flex could. In other words, it carves better than you think it would with that flex, but it still doesn’t compare with most stiffer boards.
In terms of turning, this board is really effortless to turn on and was quick from edge to edge.
The edge hold isn’t amazing – it was a board that was a lot more fun to ride in the softer stuff than in the icy stuff – but I wouldn’t expect it from a softer board with a fair bit of rocker in the profile. That said, I think the edge-hold is better on this deck than it used to be now that it has the frost-bit edges.
There are better boards for breakneck speed, but this board can handle a bit of speed for sure. That’s the thing with an All-Mountain deck, you’ve got to compromise on some things if you want just one board for everything.
But stability at speed isn’t too bad and it runs nicely when you hit a flat-section or slight up-hill. It’s got a sintered base, so that helps (just keep it waxed!)
Let’s Break up this text with a Video
Learn more about some of the Tech aspects of the Process Flying V in the video below.
There was a fair bit of bumpy stuff lower down the mountain the day I rode this board – and I was thankful that I was riding this board. It handled the bumpy stuff really well.
I couldn’t say for sure why, but the softer flex would definitely have played a part and also the hybrid rocker profile probably helped too.
Really fun on jumps in the park. It spins easy and has a good bit of pop. Really shines on small to medium jumps (IMHO). Can handle bigger jumps but more fun on the smaller variety.
Really decent pop and that’s partly thanks to that camber in the profile – so you can definitely get some good ollying going on this board or great pop over rollers, side-hits or jumps.
It has a direction twin shape (but the only thing that makes it not a true twin is the 12.5mm setback. If you set up centered it would be a true twin) and that makes it feel pretty much the same going both ways. Also, because it’s an easy to ride and playful board, it’s easier to ride switch than a more aggressive board if you haven’t mastered riding switch as well as your natural direction (myself included!).
It is setback 12.5mm (0.5”) though and that does make a difference – though not a massive difference.
You could set this up centered and it would be even better at riding switch.
One of the great things about this deck is that it jibs well. A lot of all mountain decks have jibbing as their biggest weakness. Not so with the Process Flying V.
So if you’re after an all-mountain deck that jibs better than your average all mountain snowboard, then this should be at or near the top of your list.
Didn’t have access to a pipe that day, but I would say if this board had a weak area, it would be in the pipe. It’s slightly too soft, the edge-hold is not quite up there, and it just didn’t feel like a board that would climb the pipe walls with great conviction.
Of course, if you’re an experienced pipe rider, you could take it in there for sure and have some fun – but I wouldn’t consider it a good pipe board overall.
Changes from 2017 Model
The 2018 model is essentially the same as the 2017 model except for the change in graphic.
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||84.1/100|
Overall this is one of the better all-mountain decks that I’ve ridden. It fits the definition of all-mountain to a tee. You can do a bit of everything and go anywhere. It’s a great deck if you want that one board quiver.
The ideal person for this board would be someone looking for one board for everything, that likes a board on the playful side, wants an all-mountain deck that can jib well – and one that can take them through any ability level.
There are certainly better options if you’re looking for something more leaning towards the carving, speed, edge-hold in hard conditions type of ride but for something on the playful, freestyle end of all-mountain, this is a great choice.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want more info, are ready to buy or just looking to research prices and availability, check out the links below.
If you’re keen to check out other all-mountain snowboards or want to see how the Process Flying V compares to other all-mountain boards, check out the next link.