Welcome to SNOWBOARDER Magazine's unbiased blank snowboard test, The Blackboard Experiment. Last spring, ten snowboard brands provided us with a snowboard of their choice, but the one caveat was that it had to have a black topsheet and base graphic, so as to keep the anonymity of the brand only between them and us. The brands were given the specs of the yet unknown rider who would be testing the boards–his height, weight, riding style, etc., and from that information, had the opportunity to select the snowboard they felt best fit the bill. Sage Kotsenburg, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic gold medalist, then tested every deck, putting it through the paces in Mammoth Mountain's hallowed Main Park. Over the next two weeks, we will be releasing Sage's review on each of the ten snowboards he rode.

The fifth board tested by Sage is the 2017 Ride Burnout, a tried and true park deck with a snappy core and responsive sidecut that enables this bad larry to go anywhere on the mountain, be it fast and quick corduroy carves, freshly cut cheesewedges, or kinked jibs. After spending time strapped into the Burnout, in the above video Sage shares his thoughts while lapping jumps, rails, pipe, and groomers. For the full download of what Sage thought about this deck and how he scored it, check out The Blackboard Experiment Ride Burnout full review.

From October 3 through October 14, we will be releasing a new review every day. Go to The Blackboard Experiment page to see each and every board that Sage tested and reviews.