As of August 2017, the Landlord is No Longer Available"Rides like a solid!" was the enthusiastic impression of more than one reviewer after their first lap on the Burton Family Tree Landlord. Winning our Editors' Choice Award, we certainly felt that it rides as such. What makes this splitboard an award winner? While this board is one of the heavier boards in our review, which hurt it in the climbing category, it scored very well in other areas and ended up being one of our most popular boards across several categories. While several other boards in our review are focused on the big mountain part of the freeride category, this board is definitely more freestyle focused. This is what reviewers noticed after their first runs on this award winner and what tilted the scales in favor overall. Other splitboards in our review were close in overall score; if your focus is more on big mountain riding, the Jones Solution might be a better fit for you.
Riders will find boards in our review that ride well in all conditions, as well as in specific terrain; this board excells in the freestyle aspects of riding down a mountain. Other boards in our review charge downhill very well, but don't encourage the same amount of freestyle shenanigans often due to their stiffer flex. On spring splitboard mountaineering missions where firm snow is likely to be encountered, those stiffer boards would likely be a better call. For typical midwinter backcountry snowboarding excursions, we found this split to offer up the most fun. While all the boards in our test rode well, there is something telling about the feedback we reviewed from testers. This company has tons of experience crafting snowboards that appeal to a variety of riders; because of this, they were able to produce a splitboard that riders instantly appreciated. We introduce to you our new Editors' Choice Award-winning splitboard!