BURTON FAMILY TREE STICK SHIFT
MSRP $450 Lengths: 142cm
142 centimeters seems short for a powder board. How could a deck of such stubby stature stay afloat in feet of fresh? But bigger isn’t always better, as is proven by the all-new female-friendly Stick Shift from the Family Tree division. As soon as we set her up, this was confirmed. Its surf-inspired design features a highly directional shape, scoopy nose, and tapered tail on a wide board that boasts a mid-range flex. Its Directional Flat Top profile and early rise in the nose allowed for a controlled feel with optimal float, complemented by a setback stance. We found it highly playful, as it zipped in and out and trees with ease, while the large nose helped it float through the steep and deep with minimal effort. The tail, though tiny, acted as powerful rudder that sunk into soft snow and allowed the wide nose to plane through pow. This deck had us to shifting into overdrive, confirming that we’ll take performance over size, any day.