Burton Flight Attendant Split ReviewPrice: $800 List Pros: Solid feeling, easy to adjust bindings, good performance on firm snow, stable on fast open alpine terrain.
Cons: Heavy, expensive, below average powder float, sluggish at slow speeds
Bottom line: Sadly this board is not up to speed with the Burton Landlord, our 2017 Editor's Choice.
A solid if slightly underwhelming splitboard from Burton. Fans of the discontinued Burton Landlord take note, the Flight Attendant is a significant departure in terms of ride character. Better suited for heavier and more powerful riders, this is a stiffer split that requires some muscle, especially at slower speeds.
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Our Analysis and Test Results
Replacing the discontinued Landlord, the Flight Attendant veers in a different path. While the Landlord was an exceptionally fun board with strong freestyle tendencies that still got the job done all over the mountain, the Flight Attendant is a much more serious ride. Burton apparently wanted to make a change from the Landlord and they definitely did.
In steep sustained alpine powder conditions the Flight Attendant was more adept, as we were able to consistently maintain the higher speed necessary to achieve float. In the terrain that we tested this split, that open alpine terrain would eventually end, and we found the board more challenging to navigate through the tight forest or gully exists below.
The beginning of our testing season was characterized by very little snow and scary drought conditions. Soft snow was rare and firm snow abounded. The Flight Attendant was solid at holding an edge in steep firm snow. On tight steep firm terrain, often found in couloirs, its weight makes hopping from one edge to the other physically demanding, but the edge hold is reliable. On longer icy traverse the edge hold was quite good.
The channel system works well and makes altering one's stance fairly simple. With most angles you can access the bolts through binding which allows for convenient fine tuning of width and angle setup. If you are someone who frequently shifts your stance around, the channel system makes sense.
We did not find Flight Attendant to be very playful. It was quite stiff, which for us limitedits freestyle potential.
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Folks who are bigger and/or stronger than average and prefer stiff freestyle boards are good candidates for the Flight Attendant. Additionally, living in a region with bounty of alpine terrain would be ideal. Basically big burly Alaskans who love to go fast and occasionally get a heli bump into the alpine and then splitboard tour from there are great candidates for the Flight Attendant. Alternatively, anyone who likes to ride hard and appreciates a stout board.
The Flight Attendant is a sturdy splitboard from one of the biggest snowboard companies in the world. If you prefer stiffer boards and a freestyle shape this one is worth consideration.
— David Reichel
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