Why did they call it the “Joystick”? Probably because “Burton X-Box Wireless Game Controller” doesn’t have the same ring to it. Burton’s Joystick is an all-mountain freestyle deck that is supposed to bring a new level of fun to the mountain. It’s name reminds me of playing Moon Patrol on the Atari 2600 in 1987. Fun times! So how did it stack up?
Stance: 24″ regs 15/-15
Shape: v-rocker, twinnish
Bindings: Burton Cartel
Dave’s stats: 6′, 210 lbs
Leo didn’t ride the Joystick so I did this review solo.
Conditions: Boyne Mountain, cold, overcast. 17 degrees not too windy. dust on crust about 1″ of natural snow but mostly hardpacked groomers.
Flex: Maybe a little stiffer than middle-of-the-road directional flex, with the v-rocker it felt a little looser. Still definitely stiff enough to be stable at speeds and for landing jumps.
Ollie/Pop: Burton’s “jumper cables” tech worked wonders on this board, ollie/pop was superb. Of the 4 or 5 Burtons I rode at Test Fest this one stood out to me.
Handling: the Joystick was pretty stable at speed which is one factor I always look for in all-mountain freestyle board. It didn’t have the best edge-hold but you could rail your turns pretty well without worrying too much about losing the edge or washing out. I rode the ‘wide’ version which was a little more sluggish rolling over edge-to-edge than the normal width should be, but if you’re a bigger guy with big feet the tradeoff would be worth it.
Jibs/Playfulness: It’s not a park board but with the v-rocker profile, a bit of flex and good pop this board lent itself pretty well to general jibbery. Combined with the scoop nose & tail you could definitely lay in to some wicked presses and/or butter this deck all over the place and it handled well on the rails, boxes and other features, too.