Hello and welcome to my Burton Territory Manager review.
In this review I will take a look at the Territory Manager as a Freeride snowboard.
As per tradition here at SnowboardingProfiles.com I will give the Territory Manager a score out of 100 (based on several factors) and also see how it compares with other Freeride snowboards.
NOTE: The 2023 model was the last model of the Territory Manager.
Board: Burton Family Tree Territory Manager
Price: $659 (USD recommended retail)
Style: Freeride (but with a freestyle after taste)
Flex Rating: Personality 5-8 (Medium-Aggressive)
Flex Feel: Mid-Stiff (7/10)
Rating Score: 84.2/100
Compared to other Men’s Freeride Boards
Out of the 35 Men’s Freeride snowboards that I rated:
Overview of the Territory Manager’s Specs
Check out the tables for the Territory Manager’s specs and available sizes.
Freeride (but with a freestyle after taste)
Directional Hybrid Camber | Burton's "Directional Camber"
Setback 1" (25mm)
Sintered (Burton's "Sintered WFO" base)
Waist Width (mm)
Rec Rider Weight (lb)
Rec Rider Weight (kg)
Who is the Territory Manager Most Suited To?
The Burton Territory Manager is ideal for freeriders who want that one board they can consistently rely on no matter the conditions or the mountain. A freeride leaning do-it-all board that can be taken all over the mountain and excel.
Ideally for freeriders who aren't quite done with their freestyle ways, the Territory manager excels in deeper powder more than anything but is fully capable of being taken out on a spring day and hitting the jump line or ripping down a groomed run laying out some carves.
Certainly not a board for beginners as the Territory Manager is on more of the aggressive side. I would recommend it to upper intermediate riders and up.
The Territory Manager in More Detail
O.k. let’s take a more detailed look at what the Territory Manager is capable of.
Board: Burton Family Tree Territory Manager 2023, 154cm (255mm waist width)
Date: March 22, 2022
Raining. Visibility wasn't unlimited, but wasn't terrible either.
Temperature: Warm. 36°F (2°C) in the morning. Up to 39°F (4°C). No wind chill.
24hr snow: 0.8" (2cm)
48hr snow: 18" (45cm)
7 day snow: 29" (74cm)
On groomer: Soft pack to slushy. Well groomed to start but even at start could feel it a little slushy. Progressively slushier over day.
Off groomer: Plenty of fresh snow around, but it was heavy and sticky and lumpy, so not great.
Bindings angles: +12/-9
Stance width: 20.9″ (530mm)
Stance Setback: 1" (25mm)
Width at Inserts: 10.43" (265mm) at front insert and 10.39" (264mm) at back insert.
Rider Height: 6'1"
Rider Weight: 180lbs
Rider Boot Size: US9.5 Adidas Tactical Lexicon ADV
Bindings Used: Burton Malavita: M
Weight: 6lbs 3oz (2820grams)
Weight per cm: 18.31 grams/cm
Average Weight per cm: 18.59 grams/cm*
*based on a sample size of around 200 models that I’ve weighed in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023 models. So the Burton Territory Manager was a little lighter than average. On snow felt normal.
While there was lots of fresh snow around it had been rained on making it heavy, slow, and somewhat sticky but it still gave us a pretty good idea of how it would ride in powder.
It handled even this wet heavy powder pretty effortlessly most of the time. It does have 8mm of taper plus a setback stance, both of which naturally sink the tail while the rocker in the nose keeps you afloat with ease. The stiffer flex also helps keep you from over flexing.
The Territory manager has camber under both feet which felt nice when carving as it didn't feel washy when holding a carve large or small. It felt really stable when maneuvering edge-to-edge. I preferred it for quick sharper carves vs longer more drawn out carves.
Ease of Turns/Slashing: Even though it is directional it rides similar to a true twin. I found it easy to release your tail at any speed and initiate a turn or slash with minimal effort.
Maneuverability at slow speeds (nimbleness): Really nimble. Felt quick edge-to-edge even at slower speeds.
Skidded Turns: Handled them nicely the camber underneath the feet feels predictable and stable while the rockered nose makes for no catchiness whatsoever, at any speed.
Because of the camber just being under the feet it's not as quick as a full camber board but overall it still has a good amount and it doesn't get chattery allowing it to be stable at higher speeds. Also had a good amount of glide which was a nice surprise.
Crud: At times the Territory Manager could get bucked around a bit in it but even when you did the board stayed stable and was easy to maneuver to make any necessary corrections.
Bumps: Like stated before, it's quick edge-to-edge allowing you to maneuver through bumps nice and easy. For certain terrain, like in the trees, when your going up and down bumps I found it easy to hug them when you had to.
Overall the Territory Manager feels nice and smooth when hitting jumps.
Pop: Has a good amount of pop that was easily accessible as I found it didn't require much of a load up to get all of it, which is ideal for smaller jumps or flat ground spins.
Approach: Quick edge-to-edge allowing you to feel confident on your approaches as your able to make last second adjustments if needed. And also stable enough for faster approaches.
Landing: Didn't find the board catchy on the landings at all. You could also get away with landing tail heavy and ride out with minimal effort. I found the width really helped with landings too as it absorbed impacts really nicely.
Side-hits: Really enjoyed it on side-hits. Super predictable feel underneath the board, coupled with that pop made any size side hit enjoyable.
Small jumps/Big jumps: Really capable on any size jump but I found the medium sized one's is were it was optimal.
Switch riding felt pretty easy and effortless on the Territory manager. Transitions weren't catchy whatsoever and even though it's directional it feels close to true twin - fully capable of landing or taking-off switch on bigger side-hits or jumps allowing you to throw 180s and 540s with confidence.
Found the nose and tail pressable with a bit of effort. I preferred to use the boards pop to really help get the presses started as I found just leaning into a press required some work, in large part due to the board being on the stiffer side
Score Breakdown and Final Verdict
Check out the breakdown of the score in the table below.
TOTAL after normalizing
The Territory Manager is a versatile snowboard more than capable of being ridden anywhere on the mountain. It does have freeride leanings, but very much on the all-mountain side of things.
With very few weaknesses, the Territory Manager carves really nicely, has a solid amount of pop for side-hits and feels close to a true twin allowing you to jump off and land on anything with confidence.
Overall I expected a less versatile/nimble board. I figured it was going to just be a one track powder specialist, and whilst it does excel at powder, it was really enjoyable all over the mountain. And was very capable of things I didn't think it would be.
More Info, Current Prices and Where to Buy Online
Check out the links below for more info on the Territory Manager, where to buy or if you are researching prices or available sizes.
If your keen to check out some other Freeride options or to see how the Territory Manager compares to other freeride decks check out the link below.