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Burton Flight Attendant Review

Go fast and get low – you're carving now!
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Price:  $550 List | $549.95 at REI
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Pros:  Fun at high speeds on groomers, great pop, nice graphics, good edge-to-edge.
Cons:  Heavy, sluggish initiating turns, less float in pow than competitors, less playful.
Manufacturer:   Burton
By Chris Edmands ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Feb 9, 2017
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RANKED
#6 of 12
  • Edging - 25% 9
  • Float in Powder - 20% 7
  • Stability at Speed - 20% 10
  • Playfulness - 20% 6
  • Pop and Jumping - 15% 8

The Skinny

The Burton Flight Attendant is a great board — if you're looking for a fully cambered, medium-stiff ride that's a stellar turner. Its smaller sidecut radius made for tight turns, but it held its edge well on longer and faster turns as well. We experienced nimble edge-to-edge transitioning, as this competitor was stable and fun even at high speeds. The pop is great, as expected with stiffer cambered boards. In the end, the Flight Attendant rode bigger than expected, took too much speed to initiate turns, and is heavier than the others in our lineup. It's certainly not a bad option if you're on the bigger side, though.

New Eco-Friendly Topsheet

Since our testing period, the Flight Attendant got some new graphics (pictured above) on a more earth-friendly topsheet.

October 2018


Compare to Similar Products

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Flight Attendant feels most at home when going as fast as possible and when laying down turns. Our tester grew up riding fully cambered boards like this one and, had he not recently experimented with other designs, may have "Top Picked" this one. It is a great ride that turns well and can pop over obstacles with relative ease, but it's on the heavier side and is stiff, which can equate to less fun.

Performance Comparison


Good old resort run carving.
Good old resort run carving.

Edging and Carving



The edge detail on the cambered Flight Attendant.
The edge detail on the cambered Flight Attendant.

Scoring a 9 out of 10 in everything edge related, the Flight Attendant exemplifies classic camber and edge precision. The only board to outdo it in this department, scoring a perfect 10 out of 10, was the Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro, but for different reasons. The Flight Attendant reacts well edge to edge and likes to hold on to those faster turns. The Jones Explorer, our Best Buy winner, scored a 9 out of 10 in this metric, and Jones offers an excellent board for an excellent price.

The Flight Attendant  showing off its carving capabilities  which earned it a 9 out of 10.
The Flight Attendant, showing off its carving capabilities, which earned it a 9 out of 10.

Float in Powder


Scoring second lowest in the float in pow category with a 7 out of 10, this board design helps demonstrate how important hybrid base profiles are for staying on top of the soft stuff. Not nearly as floaty as most, but certainly not the worst. The Never Summer Proto Type Two, Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro, Arbor Wasteland, and Rossignol One LF were all top scorers in this metric.

Making the most of some low-angle pow.
Making the most of some low-angle pow.

Stability at Speed


The Flight Attendant demonstrated excellent carving capabilities.
The Flight Attendant demonstrated excellent carving capabilities.

The cambered base profile, weight, and classic edge style all helped achieve the perfect 10 out of 10 score for Stability at Speed. Whether flat-based, or on edge, this board dominated the field instability. Military tanks are stable partly because they're heavy, correct? They are, but they're also badass for this reason. Just saying: don't write this one off just because of the weight. While the Flight Attendant dominated this metric, other contenders, such as the Top Pick Lib Tech Travis Rice Pro, and Best Buy winner Jones Explorer, put up a great fight.

Going fast in less than perfect conditions.
Going fast in less than perfect conditions.

Playfulness


Not every board can perform extraordinarily well in every single metric. We think the same reasons the Flight Attendant is so good on edge and stable at speed enable it to suffer in the Playfulness metric. Weighty cambered boards are just not as nimble as light rockered ones. However, if your definition of playful is limited to high speed carves, then we might be wrong. Six out of 10, with the Burton Custom Flying V, Capita Defenders of Awesome, Arbor Wasteland, and Never Summer Proto Type Two taking the lead.

Pop


The Flight Attendant in flight during a Backside Air Hip Jump.
The Flight Attendant in flight during a Backside Air Hip Jump.

Med-Stiff Flex+ Camber = 8 out of 10 in pop. All the boards we tested were close in this category, with an 8 out of 10 being the highest score earned. Great pop allows for more stable air on big jumps, better landings from those airs, and the increased probability that you'll clear that stump that you're heading straight for. You have to have strong legs to snap this one though — it's heavy!

Best Applications


This board is made for cruising groomers and hard-pack, hitting larger jumps, and plowing through crud.

Value


This board offers up an excellent value…if it has the qualities that you're looking for.

Conclusion


An awesome board for very powerful riders that prefer camber over rocker.

When the board choice and snow conditions are right you can really get down.
When the board choice and snow conditions are right you can really get down.

Other Versions


We tested the wide version. Standard width also available.


Chris Edmands