Burton Genie Review
The rocker shape and convex base on this women's snowboard make it ideal for female riders looking to learn quickly. Experts find it also makes a fun park board.
The Burton Genie (starting at $300) is a women's snowboard built specifically with female beginners in mind. However, it makes a fun park board for more advanced riders as well, says a buyer for retail site Snowboards.net who posted a Burton Genie review on Squidoo. She demoed the board and found it forgiving and easy to ride, yet playful and high quality -- in short, an ideal entry-level board. A review by the editor of SB-RV declares this women's board well-suited to park riding, rail riding, and freeriding.
Because women tend to have smaller feet and weigh less than men do relative to their height, women's snowboards tend to be narrower and softer than men's boards. Burton rates the flex on the Genie a 1 out of 10, meaning the board is extra-soft and easy for beginners to control. At the same time, it's lively enough that it impressed the buyer from Snowboards.net, according to her Burton Genie review. The true twin shape serves riders who aren't yet sure whether they prefer a regular or goofy stance, as well as park riders who switch back and forth. This Burton snowboard features not only reverse camber, or rocker, but also a convex base to minimize the likelihood that a novice will catch an edge and fall. Park riders will appreciate the extruded base, which is easy to repair after taking abuse.
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A consumer who posted a Burton Genie review at Backcountry.com has found the board easy to ride in her first year snowboarding and recommends the Genie to other newbies. In a Burton Genie review on YouTube, an expert at snowboard shop The House says the Genie can help beginners progress faster than they would on another board.
The Burton Genie comes in on the high end of our price range -- perhaps not a surprise, given Burton's status an industry heavyweight and reputation for quality. For women just starting to get into snowboarding, it's hard to go wrong with the Burton Genie.