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Burton Deep Thinker Review

Go fast and take chances
Burton Deep Thinker
Photo: Burton
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Price:  $600 List
Pros:  Responsive, great float, stomp pad is useful
Cons:  Heel and toe drag, can be challenging to control for newer riders, slips on hardpack
Manufacturer:   Burton
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 29, 2020
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  • Edging - 25% 7
  • Float in Powder - 20% 8
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 9
  • Playfulness - 20% 5
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 7

Our Verdict

The Burton Deep Thinker showcases a retro look with modern shape and technology. It provides a blast from the past type of feel and will make you want to tweak methods all over the mountain. The fast edge to edge movement with an aggressive on board feel will pair nicely with your favorite rock and roll or punk bands playing on your phone. The Burton Deep Thinker is good for more aggressive all-mountain riders who like speed and quick edging.

Graphics Updated
Burton freshened up the topsheet for the Deep Thinker since our test period, but all technical specs and materials of the board remain the same as the model we tested.

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Pros Responsive, great float, stomp pad is usefulFloaty, precise edging, good construction, playfulUser friendly, turning experience, versatile, playfulGreat value, versatile, stable, beautiful graphicGreat value, powder and park, playful, nimble
Cons Heel and toe drag, can be challenging to control for newer riders, slips on hardpackSwitch performanceTopsheet scratches easy, topsheet is slipperyCan slip on hardbackCan slip on hard-pack, hard to maintain long radius turns on heels
Bottom Line Go fast and take chancesOur first choice that we would recommend to anyone on the hunt for a new rideHas a playful merit to its high-performance abilitiesPorsche performance at Honda pricesOne shape that can do it all
Rating Categories Burton Deep Thinker Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Jones Frontier Ride Warpig
Edging (25%)
7.0
10.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
Float In Powder (20%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
Stability At Speed (20%)
9.0
7.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
Playfulness (20%)
5.0
8.0
9.0
7.0
8.0
Pop And Jumping (15%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
Specs Burton Deep Thinker Yes. Optimistic United Shapes Cadet Jones Frontier Ride Warpig
Riding Style Freeride Alternative Freeride Freeride All Mountain Alternative Freeride
Shape Directional Directional Directional Directional Directional
Camber/Rocker Hybrid- Rocker/Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Camber Hybrid-Rocker/Camber Directional Rocker
Flex Stiff Stiff Medium Stiff Medium
Weight 6.8 (lb) 6.2 (lb) 6.22 (lb) 6.44 (lb) 6.2 (lb)
Tested Length 157 cm 151 cm 156 cm 159 cm 151 cm
Available Lengths 154, 157, 160, 163W cm 151, 154, 157 cm 144, 152.5, 156, 159, 162 cm 152,156,158W,159,161W,162,164W cm 142, 148, 151, 154, 158 cm
Construction Type Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich Sandwich
Core Material Wood Carbon-wrapped wood A11x (poplar, bamboo) Wood Wood
Waist Width 25.2cm 26.6 cm 25.6 cm 25.4 cm 26.5 cm
Radius 7.4m 6.5 m 7.5 m 7.5 m 5.4/6.5 m
Taper 7 mm 6 mm 20 mm 0 mm 10 mm

Our Analysis and Test Results

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. This board is meant for someone who likes an aggressive profile to go down the mountain fast and make a quick edge to edge movements while seeking that next arcing toe turn or surfy heel side slash. It would also excel in transition riding as it can maintain power up the walls and provide loads of pop.

Performance Comparison


Bottom turns with Big Blue.
Bottom turns with Big Blue.
Photo: Ryland West / Isaac Laredo

Edging


The Deep Thinker provided secure edge grip on hardpack, but because of its setback stance and rocker placement, very icy 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 and waist width gives this board a fast and aggressive fall line-oriented turning experience.

A Craig Kelly inspired graphic.
A Craig Kelly inspired graphic.
Photo: Ryland West / Isaac Laredo

Float in Powder


The setback stance, taper, and long rockered nose allowed the Deep Thinker to naturally keep the nose above the snow. 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 rockered, 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.

Playfulness


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 lot of rider effort to butter and do press-centric maneuvers. For a board of this character, it performed skidded turns, slashed lips and short radius turns well. The maneuverability on edge helped the Deep Thinker obtain a more playful style.

An example of a skidded turn.
An example of a skidded turn.
Photo: Ryland West / Isaac Laredo

Pop and Jumping


The Deep Thinker popped very well due to its stiff flex and even stiffer tail. Popping off a directional shape or smaller tail takes time to figure out as it is different than a standard twin tail.

Value


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. Higher-performing options do exist at lower price points.

Conclusion


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 Deep Thinker.
Base of the Deep Thinker.
Photo: Ryland West / Isaac Laredo

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