The Burton Family Tree Dump Truck is a new shape for 2018. Available in both solid and splitboard versions, this looks like a really solid choice for the pow focused all mountain rider.
There are a couple of important things about the Dump Truck’s shape. Number one is the 15mm of taper. In my experience that’s a good amount for a freeride board, especially a splitboard. Just enough to help float and turn initiation but not too much that it looses power and handle on sketchy snow.
Secondly the Dump Truck has Burton’s Balanced Freeride Geometry. This places the sidecut directly over the set back stance so the board doesn’t feel overly directional when you’re just cruising around. It also helps with maneuverability and enables quick edge to edge performance.
In fact the Dump Truck looks to be pretty similar to the Burton Landlord which I loved riding a couple of winters back. The Dump Truck has a blunt nose and tail unlike the Landlord but in terms of camber / taper / stance they are similar.
The solid version of the Dump Truck should make for a great general freeride board – at home on steep terrain but ok as a resort board too. And if it is indeed anything like the Landlord, the Dump Truck Splitboard looks like a really cool deck for the splitter who’s looking for something versatile and fun that can handle pretty much anything.