"Burton Hero does it ALL!"
- Name: 2010 Burton The Hero Snowboard Men's
- Skill: Intermediate
- Use: Groomed,Low Speeds,Off Trail,Park,Powder,Switch Riding,Ungroomed
- Pros: V Rocker handles powder with ease, Soft flex makes ground tricks fun and simple, PDE grip so you can blast down the mountain
- Cons: Can be a bit unstable if you downsize too much,
I got my hands on a 155 Hero Private Stock from 2009 and absolutely fell in love. This was Burton's first foray into rocker technology and the first rocker board I rode. It is super nimble and made carving a breeze. The soft flex make tail presses and buttering simple, yet it still can keep you upright on jumps - no washouts. It's also a dream in powder with the V rocker. Just lean back a little and the nose stays out of the snow. I have taken it out on numerous powder days in Tahoe and Whistler have had no problems. Even took it on a heli trip in New Zealand and it performed admirably. In fact, I am now set to sell my powder board as I see no need for it!
A lot of people talk about it being unstable at high speeds, but I did not find that to be true on my 155. I usually ride anywhere between a 154-156 so this fell right in b/t. I can fly down the mountain, flat based at times and still feel stable as can be. It wasn't until I got a 2010 152 to play around with on the mountain that I found it chatters a little at high speeds. So if you size down, just keep on edge and carve, you'll be straight. Otherwise if you keep to your normal freeride/all-mountain board length, you shouldn't have a problem. Remember, although it's soft, it's not a jib board and with the PDE can handle speeds well.
This is the most fun board I have ever ridden and I have ridden a good number. I am not a huge Burton guy, but this board has totally changed my mind. This has been the perfect board for my transition from freeride to all-mountain freestyle. I am not a park junkie, but like to mess around all over the mountain, hitting natural kickers, doing ground tricks, hitting pow and blasting down groomers. This board does it all!