Welcome to this Friday’s snowboard review. This week we look at the Burton Sherlock review battle versus the Nitro Team Gullwing.
This is a battle to see which of these is the better all mountain snowboard. To qualify for this division the boards were required to be:
- A men’s all mountain board
- Costing between $400 and $500
- Hybrid Rocker camber profile (camber/rocker/camber)
How They Compare
First let’s take a look at a few specs to make sure these boards are similar enough so that we know we are comparing like for like.
|Burton Sherlock||Nitro Team Gullwing|
|Price||$499 (USD)||$429 (USD)|
|Weight||Feels Normal||Feels Normal|
|Style||All Mountain||All Mountain|
|Ability Level||Beginner to Expert||Intermediate to Expert|
|Camber Profile||Hybrid Rocker||Hybrid Rocker|
|Stance||Setback -12.5mm||Setback -15mm|
I am happy that these boards belong in the category we are reviewing, so let’s move on to the performance of the boards.
The Performance Factors
As we are reviewing a certain type of board (in this case all mountain) it’s important that the factors more important for all mountain boards receive a higher weighting. As these are all mountain boards and should be pretty good at everything but not specializing in any particular area, then the weightings in a smart rating system will be fairly even across the board.
Check out the table below to see how the boards scored in my smart rating points system.
|Sherlock Ratings||Sherlock Points||Gullwing Ratings||Gullwing Points|
|TOTAL after normalizing||75.6/100||82.5/100|
A Closer Look at the Results
Out of 15 Men’s All-Mountain boards that I analysed in this price range (between $400 and $500)
- the average score was 82.6
- the highest score was 91.25
- the Sherlock ranked 15 out of the 15 boards
- the Team Gullwing ranked 8th equal out of the 15 boards
The Sherlock scored 75.6 points – this was closer to the average for all mountain boards costing under $400 (actually less than the average for that price category) and well under the average in this price bracket.
The Sherlock is actually been discontinued for the 2015 year and onwards and I can kind of see why. For the price it is not delivering the kind of performance you would want out of a nearly $500 board. If you have your mind set on a Sherlock you might still be able to find a 2014 model (probably at a discounted price) or a second-hand one somewhere but in my opinion there are much better boards you can get for a cheaper price.
If you are just looking for a Burton all mountain board that is similar to the Serlock then the Process Flying V would be a good option (a better option) – in fact the Process Flying V scored 88.1 in our points rating system and would have blown both of the boards we are reviewing today out of the water – it also made #5 on my top 10 all mountain snowboards list.
But I digress, this is after all a battle between the Sherlock and Gullwing.
The Team Gullwing scored 82.5 points and outscored the Sherlock in 5 of the 8 performance categories and was even in 2 of the other 3. It was only in powder that the Nitro board was beaten by the Burton.
It was pretty much smack bang in the middle of the boards that I looked at in this category.
What the User Reviews Say
As you’ll see at the first link below the Sherlock actually gets some pretty darn good feedback from users. More than I expected after seeing the results above.
Certainly the most common theme in the reviews is the Sherlock’s ability in powder.
The Gullwing’s reviews are also positive and seem to suggest a better all round board.
Fast, stable, great in pow, park, pipe, playful but responsive, control & pop were all mentioned, suggesting this is a pretty good board in a number of different situations – as you want with an all-mountain. And it’s what you would expect looking at the consistent scores it received in the performance categories above.
In the Final Analysis
Weighing up the above results this one has to be awarded to the Nitro Team Gullwing.
It easily outperformed the Sherlock in the smart points system and, though the user reviews were surprisingly positive for the Burton board, I felt that the Nitro board got more praise across all the different performance factors. It’s this consistency across the board which makes it a better all mountain board – in my opinion.
As I mentioned earlier the Sherlock has been discontinued so if you are really keen on that board and can’t find a 2014 model or second-hand one then the Burton Process Flying V seems to be the closest in specs in the Burton range (if you are set on a Burton) but actually looks like a higher quality version.
Another point is that the Gullwing is (at least, was) $70 cheaper than the Sherlock also.
Below are some additional specs of these boards that you might find useful.
|Sherlock (Burton)||Team Gullwing (Nitro)|
|Available lengths/(widths)||154 (250), 157 (253), 160 (254), 163 (255), 158W (258), 162W (260)||152 (246), 155 (248), 157 (250), 159 (252), 162 (254), 157W (264), 159W (266), 162W (270), 165W (272)|
|Turn Initiation||Very Easy||Semi-Challenging|
|Edge-hold||Medium-Soft Snow||Hard Snow|
Do You Have Any Experience Riding these Boards?
If you’ve ever ridden either of these boards or another all mountain board that you like – leave a comment below. Always keen to hear other people’s opinions on these boards. Any other questions or comments welcome too.