Tested – Burton Malolo 162.

This subtle beaut squeezed its way through the letterbox the other day, so we had to take it for a spin.

Not that I’m smug or anything, but the Bavarian Alps have been getting a fair bit of early season pow so when the Malolo 162 turned up I figured it would be rude not to try it out last weekend. Ok, I am smug. Sue me.

The Malolo is touted as a hybrid between the pow-specific Fish and the all-mountain machine that is the Custom, and I’d have to say the touting is pretty much spot on. With the bindings set fully back to take on the fine Bavarian pow, the thing is awesome. It just blasts its way through any chop, with the monster nose riding over it like a powerboat, and you just apply minimum weight on the back foot to float down pillow and bumps. Turning is nothing short of a joy thanks to its pintail and long snout – none of that occasional awkwardness until you get up a decent speed with this – and the faceshots just keep on coming. On the hardpack, with such a large nose the ride is a bit jittery but fear not – stick a more conventional, more centred stance on it and the Custom in it wakes up: it carves like a butcher, fires you out of turns like a bullet and holds an edge with Hoover-like grip.

The 162 with a set of Cartels upon it, is also a hella lightweight setup and with the speedy base you don’t get stuck in flatspots. I just need to remember to keep this mother waxed…

Don’t buy this if you want a board to ride switch a bunch and learn front board pretzel outs, but for jibbers wanting a second board for powder days that can also handle itself blasting round the piste, this is a killer pick.

Moreover for the rider who can admit to themselves that they’re realistically only gonna ride forwards, wants to get in the white room as often as possible, and avoids parks and rails like the plague, then the Malolo could be the perfect board.

- Tom.

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