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Burton Joystick- sell your old boards

In the age of reverse camber, when all manufacturers are perfecting their rocker archetypes, Burton emerges with an MVP- the Joystick. It is a Do-it-all, know-it-all deck with a medium but on the stiffer side flex and all mountain inter-changeability. It can press and pop. The new Jumper Cables (carbon rods) used in the lay up bring the dead rocker feeling back from the dead. The lack of pop was seriously my only complaint when riding the 2009/2010 Joystick, I'm glad they've addressed that. This board is quick turning, has a fast base and cool, artsy graphics.

It rides switch almost as even as regular (there is a slight directional flex feeling).

This board is utilitarian in that I can't really pin down who it's for as far as age, skill level and preferred terrain. Every board from every company really claims to have a do everything board, it really does.

Fun- lest we forget, a good question to ask is, "is it fun?" Yes it is.

I rode the 157, I am 6'1" on a good day and weigh 175 lbs with a size 10 boot. I had the chance to ride this board in mixed conditions such as pow, ice, park, pipe night day, rails rocks, butters, no complaints.

Dare I say, this board is the new Custom, ok, I said it- WHAT!?