Length: 157 cm
Camber Profile: Rocker
Key Board Specs –
- Gondola Package
- The Channel
- BEND: V-Rocker
- SHAPE: Twin-Like
- FLEX: Directional
- CORE: Super Fly II™ with Dualzone™ EGD™
- FIBERGLASS: Triax™ Fiberglass with Carbon I-Beam™
- BASE: Sintered
- SIDEWALLS: 10:45™
- EXTRAS: Squeezebox, Jumper Cables Hi-Voltage, Scoop, Frostbite Edges, Ellip Kicks, Pro-Tip™, and Infinite Ride™
What the Company Says – “Turn virtual into reality with the highest performance V-Rocker™ on offer. From first tracks to park laps, the Joystick is like a warp zone for those ready to ride at a higher level. Squeezebox brings more energy into the mix for enhanced pop and quicker control, while the catch-free float and relaxed feel or rocker takes freestyle from virtual to reality. Looser and more park oriented than the Sherlock, but sharing a similar performance package, the Joystick is for the all-around rider looking to get the most out of rocker.”
On Snow Feel – Loose – This board is super loose because of the Burton V-Rocker camber profile. This profile features a less than mellow bend in the middle of the board that actually makes the tip and tail of the board come up off the ground when it is placed flat. The dramatic bend in the board helps to create the loose board feel which helps beginners and experts alike to not catch an edge. It also allows for this board to be super buttery and playful. There is also scoop in the tip and tail which turn up the tip and tail edges to allow for easier buttering and pressing.
Flex – 4 – If you are a lighter rider and you fit into the size chart for this board, the board should be pretty medium soft, somewhere around a 3 or 4 probably, but if you are heavier, the board might react differently than advertised. I am a heavier rider, though, and I think the board is still pretty medium soft.
Turn Initiation – Lightning – It is very easy to get this board on edge. Definitely a fun board to throw around on a soft day in the trees.
*Ratings will be Poor, Average, Good, Great, and Excellent, and explanations will follow.*
Edge Hold – Average – This is a HUGE downfall of the Joystick. While this board does have Burton’s “Frostbite Edges”, which means that there are tiny bumps right after the binding inserts which are supposed to help grip the snow, they really do fall short hen it comes to edge hold. I live on the East Coast and while it is doable to ride this board on hard pack and ice, you definitely need to be careful when you’re speeding through and throwing this board around because it will slide out from underneath you extremely easily if you’re not looking for the ice.
Powder – Great – This board will perform well in powder. Because of the V-Rocker and the Scoop tech, this board will really want to try and stay afloat. The centered stance will make it a little bit more difficult, but it would be a great choice if you like to ride switch a lot in powder or land switch a lot in powder. You could also set the stance back and ride it very directional in powder and its float would be even better. This board is also offered in a 161 cm version which would want to float even more.
Carving – Poor – This board was not meant for carving. It will wash out if you try and push it too hard. Definitely look somewhere else because this is all about being loose and playful.
Speed – Good – Not the best board for bombing runs but you can pick up some good speed pretty comfortably. I have gotten up to 50 mph on this board and still felt like I was in control of the board, but it was a somewhat stressful experience knowing that I was going that fast on such a soft V-Rocker snowboard. You are definitely going to get a lot of chatter if you’re trying to go that fast.
Uneven Terrain – Excellent – Because this board is so soft, it just bends over rough terrain.
Switch – Great – Not perfect but the twinish shape definitely helps when you’re riding with the opposite foot forward.
Jumps – Great – This board is great for small to medium jumps, but it really excels when you’re creating your own air. If you pair this board with a pair of Burton EST bindings with HingeTech like the Cartel, Malavita, Genesis, or Diode bindings (I probably wouldn’t pair the super stiff Diode with a soft board like the Joystick but…) you can create incredible amounts of air, it might even catch you off guard. The only problem with this board here is the lack of camber means if you land backseat, it will be tough to ride away.
Jibbing – Excellent – If you detune the edges of this board, it would be a nice jib board. It is also available in a 150 cm and 154 cm version, which would be even better for jibbing because they would be easier to throw around. The scoop in the tip and tail really helps with pressing and avoiding catching an edge on a rail.
Pipe – Average – Not a pipe board. Maybe a soft spring pipe for a few hits and slashes.
Overall, this is an amazing board, for a beginner or an expert rider. The soft to medium flex of the board let you use this board all over the park, but also lets you explore the rest of the mountain and make it your own playground. If you’re looking for a quality first board that will allow you to learn or progress your riding, the Burton Joystick is a good choice, especially because 2013 was the last year for the Joystick, and they sell online on some sites for 250-350 dollars, which is well below some of the sticker prices for new snowboards.