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One of the Best Freestyle Snowboards
Dec 23, 2005 (Updated Dec 23, 2005)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:LEATHER TOPSHEET! Has Good Pop and Stability, Less Expensive than other Burton boards
Cons:A little too narrow for big feet, Still Expensive Compared to other boards
The Bottom Line: If you spend lots of time in the park, the Dominant is a smart idea.
I have honestly never really liked Burton snowboards or any of their other products. They have just seemed like the corporate monster that was no good for the snowboard industry. Another part is the fact that most of their boards are way too expensive. In fact, Burton came out with a board this year that costs $900! I was strongly anti-Burton until the day I first spotted this board. The topsheet appeared to be snake skin, and the base had an interesting graffiti-type pattern to it.
Recommend this product?
I lucked out and was able to ride this board for a full day at a Burton demo day. The conditions were perfect, it had snowed over two feet in the days before and the terrain park had been adding more and more features. Needless to say, it was a perfect day for testing a snowboard, and I was happy that I didnt have to pay for it. :-)
From the first time I felt the board, I wondered how a leather top sheet would even work. I figured that the leather would get extremely tough and would maybe even get caught on something and get ripped off. I also was wondering about how the board would ride in powder and steeps, because Burton manufactured them to be freestyle machines. I also gave it the standing test, trying nose presses and manuals while remaining in one spot, I noticed the extra flex the board has.
On the Hill
For the first run of the day, I decided just to cruse down a mellow grade to get a feel for the board. It performed flawlessly, effortlessly gliding across the snow in perfect control. The added flex makes the board more appealing to beginning riders because the flex makes more board more forgiving to any mistakes made. Later I took it on some more steeper grades that the Dominant didn't perform quite as well on.
To say that the Dominant performed badly on steep slopes is not correct, but it certainly felt less stable than stiffer boards. At high speeds the board began to chatter, or feel unstable because of the flex pattern or construction. In powder the board held it own, but I honestly have never found a board that fails to perform in pow.
For the final test, I took the board into the Terrain Park, where the board is meant to excel. The pipe was not set up quite yet, so I am unable to tell you how the board does in the U-Tube. I first started by hitting a variety of rails and a variety of different materials. Funboxes are fun because the base is fast and just slides very fast over boxes. Doing more technical railslides such as nose presses and tail slides are easier because they require more flex. Doing boardslides are a little less intimidating because the edges are mellow and harder to catch on a rail.
Last, but not, least, were kickers and jumps. There were only two jumps set up in the park while I was riding this board. An overall light weight felt maneuverable in the air and spinning was no problem. The added flex equated to good pop off of the lip of jumps for extra air off of jumps, and more stability and forgiveness as you landed. After abusing the board a little bit more, I was sad to return the Dominant to the Burton staff.
This is a board that fits a large amount of riders. The popularity of the terrain park is rapidly growing, and the Dominant is um.. dominant in the park. You will also be the envy of other snowboarders when they catch a glimpse of your leather topsheet. Both the tip and tail of the base are painted gold, and it is somewhat hard to notice, but Burton's attention to detail is what makes Burton a winner in snowboard equipment.
The downsides of the board go hand-in-hand with the pros. It is very freestyle oriented and is not as good on every part of the mountain as it is on rails and jumps. Also, this board will run you at least $379 dollars for the 2006 model, but I rode the 2005 and you could find a better deal on a 2005 model. I also added quite a few scratches to the base making me worried about the durability long-term. For that reason and the price, I may never own my own Dominant.
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