The Deep Thinker is the brainchild of Danny Davis, a world-renowned and respected halfpipe rider. His style is smooth, creative and showcases superior board to body control. He helped to design this board to excel on groomers and powder; that's precisely what it does.
Bottom turns with Big Blue.
The Deep Thinker scored an 8 out of 10 in this metric. It provided secure edge grip on hardpack, but because of its setback stance and rocker, very ice spots got the respect they deserved. It was one of the narrowest competitors in the field. The narrow width required our testers to get creative to avoid toe and heel drag to be able to carve low. This resulted in a lot of washouts which is kind of a bummer. The benefit to the narrow waist width is that it makes the board very easy to roll edge to edge and incredibly responsive. The stiff flex combines to give this board a fast and aggressive fall line oriented turning experience.
A Craig Kelly inspired graphic
Float in Powder
The setback stance, taper, and long rockered nose allowed the Deep Thinker to tie for the top of the class with the Yes Optimistic and Ride Warpig for float in powder. Each of these models scored a 9 out of 10. This model thrived in deeper snow and remained nimble through trees and stable when performing open turns in bowls.
Stablity at Speed
The stiff flex and narrow waist width provided a very secure onboard experience. It felt stable when straight lining and on edge. It almost asks to be on edge due to the responsive nature of the board. Even though its nose is long and rocker, there was limited to no nose chatter due to the stiff flex. The flex made this board love going down the fall line transitioning edge to edge at high speeds. However, it could be hard to shut down for newer riders compared the Capita Kazu Pro.
Here is the tradeoff for those flex specific benefits described above. As one of the stiffest most responsive models in the review it required a required a lot of rider effort to butter and do press centric maneuvers. For a board of this character, it performed well with skidding turns to slash lips and short radius turns. The maneuverability on edge helped the Deep Thinker score a 6 out of 10.
An example of a skidded turn.
Pop and Jumping
The Deep Thinker popped very well due to its stiff flex and even stiffer tail. Give it time to figure out as popping off of a directional tail is different than a standard twin tail, earning it a high score for this metric.
This board is meant for someone who likes an aggressive profile to go down the mountain fast and make quick edge to edge movements while seeking that next arcing toe turn or heel side surfy slash. It would also excel in transitions as it feels like it can maintain power up the walls and provide loads of pop.
Coming in at $579, this board provides a reasonable value especially when matched to its ideal rider. Its powder performance helps justice this price tag as it can be ridden all over the mountain. Although higher performing options do exist at lower price points.
If you like high speeds, quick edging and surf styled skidded turns the Deep Thinker could be an aesthetically pleasing, aggressive, and responsive all mountain board for you.
Base of the Burton Deep Thinker