Burton Nug Review
The Burton Nug snowboard claims to be a light at the end of shred tunnel. With it’s reverse camber Technology from Burton’s R & D lab it’s a sure bet to slay any mountain. Initial set up is a cinch with Burton’s ICS Channel system. Simply throw on your EST bindings, crank down the 4 total screws and your shred stick is ready to roll.
At first glance the Burton Nug looks pretty basic with it’s sub-par graphics on the top sheet and base. Burton has in my opinion missed the mark the last few years with their graphics on a large number of their boards. Now days you maybe have 3-4 Burton snowboards that have a decent graphic and all other are just plain mediocre at best.
One a lighter side the Burton Nug may look too small to take serious as a legit all around snowboard. Burton recommend you ride it 10 cm shorter than your traditional board. A 148 seems very small on paper but when you get it on the hill you may think different.
The first opportunity I had to try out the Nug was at Park City’s famous Three Kings Terrain park. With Park City All-Stars like Stevie Bell and Dan Brisse riding the park it was sure to be a good test for the Nug. During a quick hot lap on the groomers the first thing I noticed was the feeling of instability during carving.
Being used to a traditional camber board it may have felt a little over exaggerated but there definitely is a difference in carving between the two. Second thing I noticed was how easy it is to butter around and do nose/tail manuals on the flat ground. I decided to step it up to a few boxes and equally felt like Justin Hebbel of years past pressing the Nug like there was no tomorrow. Felling confident I stepped to a round bar and was waiting for Andy Wright to snap a photo at any time. The Burton Nug was so easy to manipulate around the park.
I only found a few small stashes of unridden pow but I can only imagine how fun it would be during a full on pow day.
I give the Burton Nug 4 out of 5 stars.
Why I liked:
Smaller size means easier maneuverability.
ICS/EST System for easy mounting and on hill adjusting.
Easy butter and pressing had by all.
What I didn’t like:
Carving is more difficult
Felt unstable in choppy, hard pack.
Graphics were boring and typical.
The Pros far outweigh the cons here, it was almost hard to find things to knit pick about this board but at a price point of $399.95 and with all the options that you have: Directional Nug, Twin Nug, Restricted Nug, Reverse Camber Nug, etc. you almost can’t go wrong.
*Images used with permission from Burton