As per the previously mentioned perk of getting discounts on snowboards I have tried a bunch of snowboards. We also know I like to test things and comment on them. So here are my observations of the Burton Vapor (153cm, 2007) and (157cm, 2008). (The reason I have two in two different lengths is to ride one “big mountain” style and one for half-pipe.)
I sticker my boards to personalize them but also to distract people from what kind of board it is; I wish someone would invent that sticker for the base already. Those are Burton c60 bindings.
- Super light; of course. It was designed to be the lightest snowboard ever (at the time).
- Awesome edge to edge control; I feel like I can make it do things by wiggling my big toe.
- Flex very appropriate for half-pipe.
- Point it down the fall line and accelerate to mach 3 with ease (with a huge grin on your frozen face).
- Difficult to hold a nice deep edge carving at higher speeds.
- Was the most expensive snowboard Burton made those couple of years.
I do fear that I look like a poser with my Vapors (and maybe a Burton T7 or Burton Method to be my new “Big Mountain” board next year?!) but maybe I can learn to not care what people think. I am searching for the perfect ride after all. Hey if you took a car enthusiast and told him he could buy a Porsche 911 Turbo at a discount, I’m certain he would find a way to own one.