The latest addition to Burton’s splitboard range, the Flight Attendant X is a lightweight, confidence inspiring all mountain split.
Camber → Directional
Taper → 10mm
Sizes → 158, 163
Setback → 35mm
Sidecut → 7.6m (156), 7.9m (163)
Waist Width → 252mm (156), 256mm (163)
The Flight Attendant is a Burton classic. It represents what arguably Burton have always done best; create high-end all mountain boards that you can ride anywhere. Think Custom and Custom X. The Flight Attendant is a little more powder orientated than the Custom family, which is probably a good reflection of where snowboarding is in 2018 vs, say, 2008.
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The Flight Attendant X Split shares the solid version’s shape and camber profile but has Burton’s super lightweight Mystery construction. This gives the board a very low weight – just 3.5kg. It’s also where the board gets its rather eye watering RRP of £1,100 from. There are lighter splitboards on the market but the Flight Attendant X’s weight is definitely towards the lighter end of the spectrum.
The solid version of the Flight Attendant is a great all mountain freeride board. As you’d expect, the Flight Attendant X Split is also really fun to ride. The board’s shape is based around a concept called Balanced Freeride Geometry. It aims to provide the float and all terrain prowess you’d expect in a high-end freeride snowboard, combined with a balanced centered stance feel when just cruising around.
Burton do this by giving the Flight Attendant X a relatively small amount of taper (10mm) which helps the board float in pow and charge through crud. It also helps with turn initiation. The board’s stance is also set back 35mm which increases the size of the nose and helps flotation. The sidecut is then placed right underneath the set back stance. So, the moderate taper and set back stance give the board its freeride credentials, yet the centered sidecut and twin-ish shape mean it feels easy to cruise around, especially at slow speeds. It also gives the board an added freestyle dimension.
Like all Burton Splitboards, the Flight Attendant X features the Channel system. It makes setting up the stance super easy and enables the rider to really dial in stance width and angles. I really like the Channel on a split. I rode the board with Spark R&D Arc bindings which complemented the board really well. They’re both light, not too stiff and fun to ride.
The Flight Attendant X is a solid performer in tour mode with no surprises. In the skintrack the Flight Attendant X handles a variety of snow with ease. In heavy wet pow the nose stays a-float without any problems. When things firm up underfoot, edge hold is good. The boards best feature for the uphill is definitely its low weight. It can really make a difference over a big day.
So, overall the Flight Attendant X is really versatile splitboard. It’s perhaps not one for the really aggressive big mountain rider but I reckon most others will be hard pressed not to enjoy riding this board. It floats in pow, is fun and easy in the turn and very lightweight too.
Disclaimer – I aim to be open and honest when writing gear reviews. On this occasion, Burton loaned me a sample board for review. My views and opinions are independent whether I’m reviewing an item that has been loaned or given to me, or a product I purchased myself.