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Burton Family Tree High Spirits

- published April 2016

88

2016

RATINGS

Handling
8
Pop + Energy
8
Float
9
Versatility
8
Edge Hold
7
Sustainability/Craftsmanship
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
88

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THE GOOD

  • Superior float for powder
  • Fun carving board
  • Versatile free ride board

THE BAD

  • Only available in two sizes

THE VERDICT

A design collaboration between Kelly Clark and Kimmy Fasani, the High Spirits is a freeriding board ideal for slashing powder and riding big lines. This board is a nice addition to your quiver for hiking into the backcountry or free riding the resort. 

FULL REVIEW

Burton’s top female riders—Olympian Kelly Clark and backcountry specialist Kimmy Fasani, collaborated to design the ideal freeriding and powder board for the Family Tree collection. The directional camber underfoot, rocker in the nose, and tapered tail combine for a floaty feel that’s effortless to turn, yet solid and stable for all-mountain riding. It utilizes the most environmentally friendly materials in the Burton line and is a versatile medium-flex board for intermediate to advanced riders. 

Handling 
This board was stable at speed, while still fun to carve on groomers. It handled well in variable conditions over advanced and intermediate terrain. The directional hybrid camber/rocker design combines for the ideal integration of finesse and power. One tester said, “It’s fun, fast, and cruisey – wish it came in more sizes.”

Pop + Energy 
With a lightweight wood core, tapered tail, and medium flex, the board feels lively with plenty of pop and good energy. 

Float 
The Burton High Spirits is the most powder-specific in the test and has one of the widest noses of any the women’s all mountain boards. That combined with rocker in the nose and a tapered tail adds up to superior float in soft snow. 

Versatility 
This board utilizes Burton’s directional Flying V technology for a versatile all mountain experience. The directional camber underfoot creates power and stability in variable terrain while rocker in the nose makes the board feel surfy. Even though the board is described as powder-specific, it holds up in all conditions. It’s a fantastic all-around freeride board.

Edge Hold 
Camber underfoot offers plenty of stability and edge control, though the board does not stand up to Mervin’s magne-traction. 

Sustainability/Craftsmanship 
The Vermont-based company manufactures snowboards overseas, but offers the best warranty repair with guaranteed 48-hour turnaround on defects of workmanship.  This model utilizes bio resin and eco top sheet materials that are used in Burton’s Family Tree series of boards, however the company realizes it can improve environmentally. 

How We Tested It

The boards in this test were used inbounds and off-piste over advanced terrain in variable snow conditions at Mammoth Mountain.

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Monica Prelle

Monica Prelle

Monica Prelle is an outdoors and adventure writer who lives at 8,000 feet in Mammoth Lakes, California.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$599.95
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Handling
8
Pop + Energy
8
Float
9
Versatility
8
Edge Hold
7
Sustainability/Craftsmanship
8
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
88

Specs

  • Length(s): 149, 153 cm
  • Gender: Women's

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