There’s no better brand for entry-level boards than Burton, and the Stylus and Hideaway female-specific snowboards are no exceptions. With a flat profile and soft flex, these boards offer unrivaled stability or a catch-free ride for those learning to snowboard.
The Stylus offers the turning stability needed by any first time boarder and is great for practicing freestyle riding. The Hideaway strikes a balance between forgiving and responsive and is designed to suit beginners looking to explore powder and tree lines in varying conditions.
The Stylus and Hideaway strike a balance between forgiving vs playful, and stable vs responsive. If you struggle with balance, the Stylus makes you feel stable from the moment you strap in.
Both boards are confidence-inspiring options for aspiring female snowboarders looking to build a solid foundation before progressing onto a more performance-oriented board.
|Key features||Burton Stylus||Burton Hideaway|
|Style||Flat top, all-mountain, twin||Flat top, all-mountain, directional twin|
|Stiffness||Soft symmetrical twin flex||Soft flex|
|Profile||Flat base with rocker tips||Flat base with rocker tips|
|Size||138, 142, 147, 152||140, 144, 149, 152, 155|
Burton Stylus vs Hideaway: who are these boards for?
Both of these Burton boards are designed for beginner snowboarders looking to purchase their first board. They have a tapered shape, (meaning they have a wider section towards the nose) that helps to initiate turns more fluidly.
This also offers stability when riding at speed and additional float when in soft snow and powder – which are desirable for beginners.
Both boards are primarily aimed at women riders. Burton Instigator and Ripcord are their male equivalents . Aside from the graphic design and the sizes they come in, they are very similar to their male counterparts.
Both boards have a flat base with a rockered flick toward the tips and tails. The flat profile creates stability and balance and helps the rider to control the rails of the board without catching an edge.
A major difference between the two boards is their shape. The Stylus is a true twin board while the Hideaway has a directional shape. The symmetry of the Stylus twin is crafted for a balanced ride which is great for practicing riding switch, jibbing, and buttering.
The Hideaway has a directional shape with a slightly longer nose than tail. This is a classic snowboard shape and helps float the nose above powder. It’s also great for riding over rugged terrain with control and precision.
The Stylus and Hideaway are ideal boards for the female beginner looking to improve her riding ability. The Stylus is suited for a rider who is comfortable linking turns and looking to start practicing riding switch. The Hideaway is better for those hoping to progress into powder and choppy off-piste terrain.
Burton Stylus vs Hideaway: powder
The Stylus and Hideaway aren’t designed for deep powder, but this shouldn’t matter for beginner riders who will spend most of their time on hardpack groomers.
This being said, the boards provide a solid learning opportunity for those adventuring into fluffy powder pockets and soft snow.
The Hideaway has a sintered base which makes it fast without needing to be waxed. This helps propel the board through soft snow, preventing you from losing too much speed in powder.
In addition to this, the tapered nose on both boards makes it easy to push your back foot into the snow to lift the nose above powder.
Between the two, the Hideaway wins in powder because of its directional shape. With a fast sintered base and a longer nose than tail, it’s easier to float through soft terrain without digging the nose.
The Hideaway is a good option for beginners hoping to spend more time in backcountry powder, exploring untracked paths without having to transition onto a stiffer and more aggressive sled.
Burton Stylus vs Hideaway: carving
Both the Stylus and Hideaway’s flat-top profiles offer a good middle-ground between the power and precision of a camber board and the forgiving and fun feel of a rocker board.
Neither board offers exceptional edge hold for low and hard carves, but here again, this typically isn’t a requirement for an entry-level boardrider.
The Stylus rides into carves with precision and has a relatively quick turn initiation for a beginner board. It is crafted with Burton’s Easy Bevel edge system. It has a convex base which lifts the edges of the snow as it travels, reducing the risk of catching an edge.
This gives the rider plenty of opportunity to focus on form and technique without worrying much about sliding out and falling.
You’ll quickly notice how soft and light both boards are, making easy to maneuver and manipulate as you experiment with your first turns and carves.
Even though the flex is on the softer side, the Hideaway has a midway feel between soft enough to play around on and hard enough for some responsiveness and edge-to-edge power when carving.
With the Easy Bevel edge technology, the Stylus wins for slow carving.
Burton Stylus vs Hideaway: turning
Both boards allow for skidded turns and easy tracking. Skidded turns are important for learners who tend to skid to a stop, and easy tracking is important for a rider’s all-around confidence building.
The combination of a flat-top, soft flex, twin shape, and rounded edges makes the Stylus easy to initiate turns and difficult to catch an edge on.
With easy skidded turns and seamless connection between turns, this board is ideal for the beginner practicing linking turns while still relying on skidding to come to a stop.
The Hideaway has an asymmetrical flex with a thinner core between the bindings and towards the tip and tail, and extra thickness underfoot. This makes for a more responsive, flexible and catch-free ride and also allows for skidded turns.
The Hideaway makes turning feel easy and has a solid base to help you link your turns without catching an edge.
While both are equally stable when turning, the elongated nose of the Hideaway especially helps you through turns in any condition without catching an edge.
Burton Stylus vs Hideaway: trees and slow sections
While learners should generally be cautious about venturing into tight and unpredictable tree lines, both the Stylus and Hideaway feel agile and maneuverable enough for confident beginners to slowly dice through tree sections.
With easy and cruisey turn initiation, the Hideaway is a great all-mountain option for entry-level learners hoping to venture outside the groomers.
The Hideaway, with its longer nose and ability to flow over rugged terrain, obstacles and through powder, works particularly well for entry-level learners hoping to venture outside the groomers.
Burton Stylus vs Hideaway: fast riding
While not designed to bomb steep hills at high speeds, these boards handle the top speeds of an average beginner rider with ease.
If you push the boundaries of the Stylus and Hideaway to reach higher speeds, both boards can feel chattery and vibrational.
The Hideaway’s core is slightly stiffer on the outside of the bindings, which helps with stability and responsiveness for fast riding.
If you push both boards to their limits, the Hideaway will likely be faster due to its sintered base and stiffer core.
Burton Stylus vs Hideaway: rugged terrain
Both board’s flat bases are well-suited for plowing through uneven terrain while maintaining stability. If riding slow, they are also agile enough to weave between bumps and chop.
Balancing the Hideaway’s super-thin core, the additional thickness of the pads under the bindings act as shock absorbers for rugged terrain.
Once again, the directional shape of the Hideaway feels well controlled, even in unpredictable conditions and terrain. The board can easily cruise over slush and bumps without catching an edge or sliding out of control.
Burton Stylus vs Hideaway: jumps and tricks
Marketed as all-mountain boards, the Stylus and Hideaway aren’t the most versatile on the market. However, given what they were created for, they are quite adaptable to different conditions and terrain, and can take the average learner to most places without problems.
With a super soft flex and twin shape, the Stylus works well for buttering, pressing, and jibbing. Both boards lack a bit of dynamism and neither have too much pop and flex for hopping off rails and kickers.
That being said, with extruded bases and soft flex, both boards are strong enough to play around on hard objects without breaking, and can serve as good practice runs for newbies in the park.
Burton Stylus vs Hideaway: switch riding
The true twin setup of the Stylus makes it a good option for practicing switch riding. The board feels equally stable in both directions and has the agility required from a switch snowboard.
While it’s possible to ride switch on the Hideaway, the board’s elongated nose requires more effort and concentration. The long nose drags behind you and while it might not make a huge difference for a seasoned rider, it could be a struggle for a beginner snowboarder.
The Stylus wins for riding switch and feels more natural when you rotate, press on your front foot, and swivel the board around.
The Burton Stylus and Hideaway are both suitable snowboards for beginner females hoping to accelerate their progression. Priced between $350 and $400, these boards make it financially possible to give the rental shop a miss and purchase your own stick.
The Stylus is better suited for women learning how to link turns and eventually hoping to ride more freestyle and switch. The Hideaway is best for riders seeking to quickly venture into powder and choppy off-piste terrain.
Once you reach an intermediate level, a board upgrade will likely be necessary to further your skills. A classic camber shape with medium flex such as the Lib Tech Glider or the Never Summer Infinity may be a great next step.