Since 1977 Burton has been a big player in helping make snowboarding what it is today. Jake Burton Carpenter founded the Burton snowboard company out of his barn in Vermont, and the company has since grown to be one of the biggest names in the sport. The company now makes both hard goods and soft goods suited to perform at any level, be it simple and affordable gear for the beginner, to high performance technical gear for the professional.
The Burton Dump Truck is a big mountain machine designed to smash pow while providing the versatility to cruise in any conditions. Its directional design creates a fun, powerful, floaty ride; whether it’s surfing through sluff in a steep couloir, or leaning into the corduroy.
The balanced freeride geometry is embodied by all the directional features of this board. Directional camber and shape provide a bigger, rockered nose backed up by camber under both feet. This design is matched with flex that increases pop in the tail while offering a more resilient nose. Setback camber and sidecut are centered underfoot to create a twin freestyle feel, but when paired with all that directionality, it floats through any terrain and conditions while keeping things stable and powerful underfoot. All this is finished off with a 15mm taper that promotes flotation and smooth entry and exit to every turn.
The FSC Certified Super Fly II 700G core incorporates stronger and lighter woods in specific areas of the core in order to provide pop and strength where you want it, while keeping things light weight. The Dualzone EGD consists of wood grains positioned perpendicularly to the rest of the wood core; along the toe and heel edges in two continuous zones. These specially engineered wood grains result in increased edge-hold, response, and strength.
The 45º carbon highlights within the fiberglass matrix give the board its more aggressive riding characteristics. These layers run tip-to-tail and reduce the weight while optimizing feel and performance.
The Squeezebox profile transfers rider energy from underfoot out towards the tip and tail. Thinner areas underfoot allow for greater flex, while thicker sections on either side of the feet redistribute this energy evenly. This combination results in increased stability, pop, and maneuverability. To further increase mobility, the board features Pro-Tip™; a reduction in “swing weight” created by the tapering of the thickness of the tip and tail.
All Family Tree models feature Sintered WFO bases. This base is made with recycled industrial materials and a specially formulated wax is infused deep into the pores of the base. The result is a super-absorbent, high density, durable base made from materials that would otherwise be incinerated. The base is aptly named for its ability to stay Wide F(lipping) Open, all season, all conditions.
The Channel® is a Burton exclusive mounting system that claims to be faster, stronger, easier, and more adjustable that the traditional pre-drilled screw holes. While this system is exclusive to Burton snowboards, and is best matched with Burton EST bindings, any binding can be used with the board as long as the correct adapter is used. The system is composed of two long channels which run down the centre of the snowboard. These allow unlimited adjustability and control of your stance.
Core: FSC Certified Super Fly II 700G Core, Dualzone EGD
Fiberglass: 45º Carbon Highlights
Base: Recyled Sintered WFO Base
It’s easy to find a board that slays pow, but finding a board that keeps you jazzed once that powder turns to chop is another story. This slippery stick floats through powder with ease and doesn’t stop in the chop. The stability and control offered while cruising down a steep bumpy run makes the dump truck valuable addition to any quiver. If your game is pointing it downslope no matter the conditions, then this board might be for you.
Having never ridden with the channel system, I was both curious and excited to try this board. It really is the fastest and easiest system to adjust your stance and allows for even the smallest incremental changes so that you’re standing exactly how you want to.
This board is fast, floaty, and surfy, yet chargy and powerful. The maneuverability and stability made me feel comfortable right away. If you’re looking for a smooth ride down any slope, this board may just be your ticket.
The perfect companion to the Burton Family Tree Dump Truck Snowboard is the Burton Ion Boa Snowboard Boots and Burton Genesis EST Bindings.
Price: $779.99 CAN $649.95US
Dimensions: 258mm waist (163cm length)
Sidecut: 7.8m (163cm length)
Effective edge: 1240mm (163cm length)
Mounting: The Channel®
Shape: Directional shape, 15mm tapered pin tail
Camber: Directional camber
Artist: Dean Blotto Gray
Quality / Price: 1.5/2
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