Hello and welcome to my Burton Straight Chuter review.
In this review, I will take a look at the Straight Chuter as a freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Straight Chuter a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and see how it compares with other freeride snowboards.
Board: Burton Straight Chuter 2021
Flex Rating: Stiff
Flex Feel on Snow: Stiff (8.5/10)
Rating Score: 84.8/100
Compared to other Men’s Freeride Boards
Out of the 36 men’s freeride snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Straight Chuter’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Straight Chuter’s specs and available sizes.
Directional Hybrid Camber
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Straight Chuter Most Suited To?
The Straight Chuter is a hard charging freeride deck for those that want to carve hard and bomb when there's no pow but want a board that can float well for those powder days.
Definitely not for the beginner or even intermediate rider. You want to be advanced and preferably quite physically strong to ride this board. If you are, then it will give back performance in spades.
The Straight Chuter in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Straight Chuter is capable of.
Board: Burton Straight Chuter 2021, 155cm (252mm 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: 530mm (21″)
Stance Setback: 40mm on effective edge. Setback on overall length of board quite a bit - was 610mm (24") to nose from center of front binding and 395mm (15.5") to tail from the center of the back binding.
Width at Inserts: 262mm (10.3") at front insert and 259mm (10.2") at back insert*
* it's narrower at the back insert despite the good amount of setback (which usually puts the back insert on a wider part of the board) and that's because there's a decent amount of taper - 18mm of taper I think.
Rider Height: 6'0"
Rider Weight: 175lbs
Rider Boot Size: US10 Salomon Lo-Fi
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita M
Stiff! I rode this in the 155 and it felt a little stiffer, to me, than the Deep Thinker in the 160. I would say it would feel at least a 9/10 for me in the 159. So yeah, a really quite stiff deck by my feel.
Damp or Chattery?
Damp - and a good way up the damp side of the scale.
Smooth or Snappy?
Smooth for sure. Again a good way up the smooth side of the scale.
Felt good in the moderate powder I had. And the specs back it up, with some taper, a good amount of setback on board, a mellow rocker in the nose and overall a very directional shape.
Carving & Turning
Carving: Amazing on a carve. When you really lay into a carve it gives back everythig you can give it.
Turning: For regular turns it's OK, but really you want to be carving on this board.
Maneuverability at slow speeds: Not the most maneuverable at slow speeds, these board is best ridden fast.
Skidded Turns: Not great for skidding turns. Quite unforgiving.
So good at speed! Stable and just feels right to bomb this board. It could take whatever speed I put on it.
Not the most maneuverable for weaving through bumps/obstacles but it does crush through crud. You've just got to hit the crud aggressively and not meekly try to navigate it - just bomb it on this thing! If you try to skid through the crud it's not your friend, but if you crush it, it crushes it.
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Not the best for jumping. This board prefers to stay on the snow, IMO.
Pop: There's some decent pop, but you've got to put the effort in to extract it.
Approach: Super stable for fast approaches, but not the best when you need to make last minute adjustments
Landing: Solid landings, but not forgiving of errors if you get it wrong.
Side-hits: Not great for side hits, IMO. Not nimble enough and the pop takes too much effort to extract.
Small jumps/Big jumps: Better for big jumps where you're confident of hitting the landing right - and when you commit to the approach in a straight line way.
Not great in all aspects of spinning.
It would be wrong to say that the tip and tail didn't bend at all, but it takes a good bit of effort to butter this board. And if I was on the 159, it would be even harder to butter.
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
Contribution to Final Score
TOTAL after normalizing
The Straight Chuter was described to me as the freeride Custom X, and I can't disagree - that it's a very apt description.
It's a hard charger that wants to bomb the mountain at speed, carve hard and aggressively and float over pow, when you get it. If that's all you want to do or if you have another board for more playful/casual riding, and you're an advanced, strong rider, this could be your ticket.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
If you want to learn more about the Straight Chuter, 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 Straight Chuter compares to other freeride snowboards, then check out the next link.