Burton Trick Pony 2017 Snowboard Review: The Ultimate All-Mountain Snowboard?

Burton Trick Pony Snowboard Review

A Review of the 2017 Burton Trick Pony Snowboard

For the 2017 season, Burton did a complete overhaul on the Trick Pony board. I was eager to try this one out so I added it to my arsenal back in October and finally got a chance to put it through the paces in December 2016.

Here is my review of the 2017 Burton Trick Pony snowboard.

Burton Trick Pony Snowboard

The 2017 Burton Trick Pony snowboard is often reviewed as if it excels in all mountain conditions. I didn’t find this to be the case. This board is most at home in the park and is capable of handling challenging snow conditions while freeriding, but this is not its bread and butter.

Burton Trick Pony Snowboard Review

Burton markets this snowboard as follows: “For park riders who also love pow, the Burton Trick Pony pushes your abilities into natural terrain with a unique shape and feel that’s unlike anything else in the Burton lineup. Harnessing float and freestyle playfulness, this tweaked true twin takes the power and float of PurePop Camber from pat-down takeoff to stomped landing.”

As a freeride snowboarder who enjoys playing in the park now and then, I was intrigued to see how this snowboard would fit my style of riding. I am always on the lookout for a solid all-mountain deck — something that will allow me to freeride on slopes of all kinds, but also perform well during my occasional ventures into the boardpark.

Burton Trick Pony Stomp Pad

The 2017 Burton Trick Pony sports native artwork and graphics, including what I believe is a neat little teepee stomp pad patch between the bindings.

After a day of putting the 2017 Burton Trick Pony through its paces, I found that this board definitely leans more to park than it does to freeriding. That is to be expected to some degree, since it is a twin deck with heritage on the freestyle side of things. However, I had read a lot of press and other reviews that extolled the merits of how the 2017 Burton Trick Pony performs in crunchy snow conditions, corn snow (very typical of what we ride most often here in Southern Ontario) and other terrain, but in that respect I was disappointed in the performance of the Trick Pony.

Did the Trick Pony make it through the crunchy chunks? Yes. But I certainly would not say that it was a smooth ride or that it cut through with commanding style. The board clearly lacks stability in these conditions and its forte is not freeriding through challenging snow conditions. It laboured and struggled through the chunky mounds of mid-day wear and tear on the slopes, but it did hold steady enough that I didn’t go down as a result. While we do not get a lot of powder in my neck of the woods, I imagine that this board would be a solid performer in those conditions, as promised by Burton.

2017 Burton Trick Pony Base

The Burton Trick Pony is capable of occasional freeriding in the rough, but it’s not something you’d want to do on a regular basis on this board.

The 2017 Burton Trick Pony is More at Home in the Board Park

However, when I hit the terrain park with the Burton Trick Pony, I could tell that this snowboard was more at home and comfortable in this domain. The Trick Pony easily handled boxes, spines and various assorted hits with ease and stability. I felt a lot more comfortable on this board when I was in the park area. Take-offs and landings were solid with a lot of pop despite its stiff nature (which I prefer, by the way).

So overall I would say that the board pretty much does exactly what the Burton write-up says that it was designed for: park riders who love to venture into other terrain, but who are primarily park at heart. In this regard, the 2017 Burton Trick Pony will likely not disappoint. However, if you tend to find yourself more towards the other end of the spectrum (like me) — a freeride snowboarder who likes to venture in the park occasionally — then there are other options that you may want to consider (see my review of the 2017 Never Summer Twenty Five). In a nutshell, I found that I had to consciously concentrate a lot more on what I was doing while riding this board than I generally like to with a board that feels like an extension of my body under my feet.

I probably won’t be riding this one as much as I had hoped that I would, but I will definitely be grabbing it on park day and — as always — it is sure fun to try out new shapes and designs to see how they perform with my riding style and local conditions.

Mike Belobradic
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