Big jumps, trees, groomers, sidecountry stashesnothing on the mountain made the Guru squirm. Its versatility starts with the core. Burton's designers thinned out the wood between the bindings, giving this tapered board a ton of responsive flex, so it performs admirably in tight spots like moguls and trees. But they also placed perpendicular strips of wood under the toes and heels to boost edge hold on harder snow. Overall, the board felt a little heavy in deep powder, but when it comes to solid, all-around performance, Guru is master. 156, 159, 162; $450; burton.com
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