The updated graphics for the Flight Attendant Split are pictured above. None of the tech specs have changed.November 2019
Burton Flight Attendant Split Review
Compare to Similar Products
Burton Flight Attendant Split
|Price||$800 List||$759.16 at Backcountry|
Compare at 4 sellers
|$832.95 at Amazon|
Compare at 3 sellers
|$695 List||$799 List|
|Pros||Solid feeling, easy to adjust bindings, good performance on firm snow, stable on fast open alpine terrain||Durable topsheet, great powder floatation, excellent climbing, snappy turn experience, bolt-less base||Stable, stiff, lightweight, solid, predictable, reliable, supports diverse riding objectives||Durable, affordable, versatile, easy to adjust stance||Durable topsheet, versatile, responsive, good offering of sizes|
|Cons||Heavy, expensive, below average powder float, sluggish at slow speeds||Expensive, switch riding||Expensive, narrow waist width, shallow nose rise||Generalist, soft for aggressive riding or heavy snow||Challenging to smear turns in firm snow at slow speeds|
|Bottom Line||Decent and offers good performance on firm snow and easy to adjust bindings||Climbs like a bird in thermals, rides like your trusted solid board||Provides versatile performance to support daily or ambitious backcountry objectives, the Solution is a satisfying ride||A minimalist board that has everything that you need and nothing that you don't||Freeride, freestyle, or powder specific; now you don't have to choose|
|Rating Categories||Burton Flight Atten...||Weston Backcountry...||Jones Solution Spli...||Voile Spartan Ascent||United Shapes Covert|
|Firm Snow (26%)|
|Binding Adjustability (5%)|
|Specs||Burton Flight Atten...||Weston Backcountry...||Jones Solution Spli...||Voile Spartan Ascent||United Shapes Covert|
|Weight||9.54 lbs||7.33 lbs||7.38 lbs||6.08 lbs||7.45 lbs|
|Flex||Stiff||Medium - stiff||Stiff||Soft||Medium|
|Weight in grams||4326 g||3325 g||3346 g||2794 g||3382 g|
|Weight Per Surface Area||0.94||0.74||0.74||0.62||0.75|
|Available Lengths||154, 158, 162, 168||152, 157, 160, 163, 163 (w)||154, 158, 159W, 161, 162W, 164, 165W, 166, 169W||154, 158, 162, 166||149,152,158,161,166|
|Core Material||Wood||Wood/ bamboo||Wood||paulownia, carbon||Blended wood|
|Camber/Rocker||Directional camber||Rock camber rocker||Directional rocker||Freeride camber||Rocker/ Camber/ Rocker|
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.
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 a 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.
Despite testing a relatively long length (163cm, the longest in our test), the Flight Attendant was poor at powder flotation. After several powder test days, we ultimately moved the bindings much further back than we are accustomed to in order to achieve adequate float. This resulted in decent powder performance, but with a somewhat awkward ride quality. Many powder specific shapes (think of Burton's own Fish, Skipjack, or Cheetah models) are designed to excel in powder by creating a directional board with a longer nose and a shorter tail. While you can crudely approximate this by moving the bindings back on any a more twin-tip type board, the result is much more plodding and less nimble. The primary benefit of this tradeoff for the more twin tip boards is the improved switch riding performance. Riding switch can be nearly impossible on some extreme directional boards, but definitely an option with the Flight Attendant. The Flight Attendant's nose is 10mm wider than its tail. This 10mm of taper should help with powder floatation, but it wasn't very noticeable when riding. The minimal amount of taper also is not enough to negatively impact its switch abilities.
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.
Being on the heavier end of the spectrum, the Flight Attendant is taxing to haul up the mountain. The camber underfoot does help maintain solid skin grip on the snow. The stiffer overall flex is also beneficial when climbing, especially on steeper side hills. Additionally, the longer overall length of the board we tested adds more edge contact which can be advantageous traversing steep slopes.
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 limited its freestyle potential.
This is totally subjective, but we really like the top sheet and base art of the Flight Attendant. It doesn't magically prevent snow from sticking to it (which basically nobody has figured out how to achieve), but it looks cool. Plus the artist, Jonathan Zawada, is from Australia and his website is amazing: http://www.zawada.art
Additionally, Burton has set impressive Sustainability goals for itself to hit by 2020. Good work Burton!
With full retail price, the Flight Attendant is one of the most expensive splits in our review. If you place significant value on the Burton brand then the cost can be justified, but there are significantly cheaper splits available if your brand loyalty is low.
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.
Ad-free. Influence-free. Powered by Testing.
GearLab is founded on the principle of honest, objective, reviews. Our experts test thousands of products each year using thoughtful test plans that bring out key performance differences between competing products. And, to assure complete independence, we buy all the products we test ourselves. No cherry-picked units sent by manufacturers. No sponsored content. No ads. Just real, honest, side-by-side testing and comparison.Learn More