The name says it all with the Hometown Hero. No matter where you’re from, this board is truly a quiver killer. It’s hard to watch anything featuring Burton team riders without catching a flash of the Burton Family Tree Hometown Hero’s signature blue base. Not only is this board a must for our testers Kelsey Boyer and Christine Savage, but it passed all criteria with the rest of the crew. It’s a directional freeride board with a medium stiff flex, and as the chunder buster of the Burton line up, it’s worth toting all over the mountain. Although the Hometown Hero has a beefy shape, proprietary features like the SuperFly Core and Squeezebox make it extremely responsive in initiating turns and rolling edge to edge. This board can pivot from day-in-day-out resort riding to backcountry booters on a dime, and wherever you want to take the Hometown Hero, it will get the job done.
“THIS BOARD EXCELS IN ANY SITUATION WHERE MORE AGGRESSIVE RIDING IS HAPPENING… AT HIGH SPEEDS, STEEP TERRAIN, BUT ALSO RIPPING TURNS ON GROOMERS OR RIDING POW. LET ‘ER RIP BECAUSE THIS BOARD CAN DEFINITELY HANDLE IT.” – Christine Savage
The Hometown Hero was a definite favorite with our testers, thanks to its dynamic ability to really do it all. Icy snow? Confident edgehold. Steep terrain? Reliable and fast. Side Hits? Loves it all. Slushy chunder? Cuts right though. The crew raved about this Family Tree board on park jumps, enjoyed it in transition, and agreed that while it can hit rails, that’s the perhaps the only area it doesn’t shine quite as much. No problem, though, the Hometown Hero goes on everything else (and Christine and Kelsey backed it as their powder pony of choice), making it an archetypal quiver killer.
“SUPER STABLE! LOVED THE WAY IT HELD AN EDGE AND BLASTED THROUGH THE SLUSHY CHUNDER.” – Ashley Strauss
“THIS BOARD IS ON THE STIFFER SIDE BUT CAN BE PLAYFUL FOR THE MORE AGGRESSIVE RIDER. THE POP IS VERY RESPONSIVE AND FEELS SOLID AND IN CONTROL.” – Kelsey Boyer
sizes: 144, 148, 152, 156, 156W, 160, 160W, 165W
notable tech: Super Sap Epoxy, Superfly Core, Squeezebox