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Gear Review

3 5

Hero or just the common man?

I bought this board as my first rocker setup. I used EXILE est bindings and had the occasion to ride it both in the Midwest as well as several resorts in Utah. The Hero is a very forgiving board but for a seasoned rider it is not confidence inspiring. I never felt comfortable pointing it on larger jumps and in hardpack conditions it's edge hold was less than ideal. It was very playful for small mountain parks and butters for sure and it did give me confidence to learn some new spins, but once they were down and I wanted to take them to bigger features it's soft and inconsistent flex held me back. I was also not impressed with the quality. Having ridden Burton boards for over 20 years My first Hero deck lasted 3 weeks before the board cracked through the core at a core join section near the tail. Burton WAS a rock star as I had a new board in less than a week through the W48 program! The second one did not crack but after one season the base, top sheet, and edges were torn up even with regular maintenance. While this is a good board for people wanting to try out rocker and a newer rider, I would not choose board this if you are riding bigger features or are hard on your gear. I would give it 2.5 stars if that was an option....