To celebrate his new movie ‘One World’, Burton and Mountain Dew have jointly developed a snowboard with a completely new construction and no bindings.
The Burton Family Tree Backseat Driver provides simple, Fun, downhill access – from backyards to urban hills and backcountry slopes. And for 2021, Burton’s limited “One World” version of the board will have a core made from recycled plastic.
Of course we decided to take one out for a spin and surf some pow. Pow surfing is an easy way to enjoy deep turns while avoiding crowded resort days or unstable snowpacks out of bounds.
The combination, the profile and the material composition of every powder surfer, a combination of snowboard and surfboard, offer a unique feeling underfoot. Burton’s One World Family Tree backseat snowboard is distinguished by its ability to hover and be nimble.
In summary: The Burton One World Family Tree rear seat rider snowboard is a durable, responsive, and manageable pow surfer. The cover sheet has two aggressive stomp pads for excellent contact between the foot and the board from the front and back. And for experienced or novice snowboarders, this ride is one of the cheapest on the market.
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Burton One World Family Tree Backseat Rider: Snowboard Review
I rode the One World Family Tree Backseat Driver Snowboard down the snow-covered slopes on the edge of Crested Butte, Colorado. With the surfer, I also drove into the hinterland by snowmobile to explore steeper, longer descents.
Due to volatile Avalanche conditionsI drove faces below 30 degrees. I hiked between runs: adjusting the bootpack is the longest and most challenging lap. While I live near the Crested Butte Mountain Resort, pow surfers are not meant to be chopping up groomed slopes, hard packs, or ice.
This directional board features a flat-to-rocker profile with a 25mm taper that protrudes the nose into the snow. With the board’s super kickback posture, I immediately noticed its swing power and the quick initiation of the turn. Thanks to the diagonal rows of sharp studs on the stomp pads, I knew where to position my feet.
I appreciated the safety of my foot position on these bumps, but they made adjustments less fluid during the run. Not all pow-surfers have an integrated metal rim like this one. I could easily dig the board sideways into slopes to position my feet before falling in. And the board rolled through wind-affected snow.
The board is only available in one size: 140 cm with a waist of 260 mm. This makes it ideal for a 120 to 180 pound rider. Other wider boards offer more stability and smoother planing, but less reactivity for curves. The extruded base means that it is inherently fast and nominally requires wax and maintenance.
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Burton’s budget backseat driver
Burton launched its second pow surfer, the Pedigree backseat rider Flat Top Snowboard ($ 300) in 2018. This season One World Family Tree backseat rider snowboard is built from the same shape as its popular predecessor. The board’s two main differences are the electric neon graphics – the bright orange color that sold out in less than 24 hours – and the core material.
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There is a range of pow surfboard styles and prices, but Burton’s boards are the most affordable. The Grassroots Powdersurfing handcrafted boards can be customized with a variety of shapes, profiles, and widths ($ 400-500).
The brand also offers one Youth Slasher 3D 120 cm ($ 300) for Groms. Pow surf pioneer Äsmo makes high quality planks ($ 917-1,121). There are those too Weston Backcountry Pow Surfer ($ 499) and Jones Mountain Surfer ($ 499).
In contrast, Burton’s only high-priced surfer is the youngest Family Tree Resonator Board ($ 1,250), made in partnership with Varial Surf Technology and its aerospace foam technology.
Regardless of board choice, pow surfing is one of the most financially accessible winter board sports. Surfing in the snow does not require sport-specific outerwear, a season pass, vehicle transport or travel. Surfers can wear snowboard boots or waterproof over-the-ankle boots Hiking boots.
And you can hike (or ride) up any hill. The activity’s streamlined gear list makes Pow Surfer laps collaborative and easy to share.
Burton One World Family Tree rear seat driver: Recycled plastic core
Instead of 100% wood, the design of this limited-edition board consists of rPET strips (recycled polyethylene terephthalate plastic). The rPET is a mix of various recycled plastics, including single-use clear bottles.
The product upgrade, a collaboration with Mountain Dew, coincides with Burton’s “One World” campaign and snowboard filmcelebrating environmental protection.
Photo credit: Jesse Dawson
The incorporation of rPET into this model was an experimental step that Burton took towards sustainable manufacturing. In 4 years, the snowboard pioneer has reduced its carbon footprint from snowboard production by 19%.
Unfortunately, rPET’s material cost increases its price to consumers ($ 50 per board) and calls into question the scale of production. Burton’s priority is to make surfing accessible to snow surfers of all ages and backgrounds. The classic wood core will return for the next season.
Pow Surfing: Popular Pastime
“We have seen a lot of growth in the pow surfing freeride market. And in these COVID times, people are looking for a great way to stay away from others and get the twists and turns we all crave, ”said Matt Bothfeld, Branded Content Specialist at Burton Snowboards.
At the time of publication, the Burton, Jones and Weston Backcountry Pow surfers are out of stock this winter. And Burtons Standard Pow Surfer sold out every year, noted Bothfeld.
The One World Family Tree backseat rider snowboard will officially fill shelves in September 2021. (Unofficially, however, you can be snapping up Burton’s standard Family Tree Pow-Surfer online in a couple of weeks.) Don’t wait to add this board to your quiver.
Photo credit: Dean Blotto Gray / Natural Selection Tour
Surfer: Use a safety line
Pow surfboards can shoot down slopes if a line is not attached. Avoid the danger: the Burton Powsurf leash ($ 60) connects to a surfer via a padded Velcro strap.
Alternatively, grassroots powder surfing Powsurf coil leash ($ 30) clips to a driver. And the brand Coil Powsurf line with quick release ($ 35) has a removable pin so the driver can peel off in an emergency.
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