Burton Fortress: Best Women’s All-Mountain Snowboards
The Burton Fortress is great if you are an intermediate+ rider who is into going super fast, carving, feeling g-forces, riding a bit of powder/crud/moguls/trees/ice and dropping by the halfpipe. I have been riding the Burton Feelgood ES for the past 3 years after buying it on proform. The Burton Fortress is a similar snowboard that ‘replaced’ the Feelgood ES in Burton’s product line-up. I love this snowboard because it is stable, fast, versatile and makes carves you can admire from the chairlift.
Be prepared for a stiff snowboard with camber–it will not disappoint you on groomers or popping off rollers. But on the other hand, riding switch is more awkward than a twin or softer board and you will have a tough time with nose-rolls and butters. Beginners should stay away from the Burton Fortress, the Burton Feelgood is a much more forgiving option and will spare newbes many hard falls. If you want a more playful snowboard to spend more time in the park, something like the K2 Lunatique or Burton Lipstick may be more your style. See the below video review of the Feelgood ES for more info.
What size snowboard to buy?
Select the snowboard size based on your weight according to the manufacturer’s guidelines. If you are between sizes, going with the smaller size can be easier to learn on. Snowboarders can often ride more than one size of the same snowboard.
The Burton Fortress comes with the Channel for mounting bindings. The Channel allows the rider to slide the bindings along a center groove for more stance options. You need to have Burton Channel compatible binding, EST, or special Channel binding discs to work with the Channel.