tex1230 Posted November 14, 2005 Report Share Posted November 14, 2005 So I was in New York City today - and I wandered into the Burton store in SoHo... The first thing I will say is that I really don't care one way or another about that company... But I know plenty of people around who think that Jake is the Bill Gates of snowboarding...Just the guy everyone loves to hate... There were a couple of positive points about the shop - they have this cool display in the floors of some really classic boards - including a '77 Londonderry (blue) and an '81 Backyard roundtail... Just beautiful old boards. They also had a pretty good selection of their boards... enough of that....I hated this place! first of all - some shmuck of a security guard stopped me from taking pics of the old boards...figure that one out? second- most of the staff was clueless when I asked them about board construction, sidecut, etc... third - and I think this has been said before - this is a "lifestyle shop", not a snowboard shop... It just makes me want to puke when I see some of the fashoin victims that populate that particular neighborhood dropping $1000+ on a technical Jacket because it matches their $500 faux vintage Jeans... (my wife reminds me that we saw some chick in Manolo Blahniks walking down the street carrying a board - I'm not trying to judge, but why oh why did we let the fashionistas take over this sport?) Fourth - and this is what I was really looking for - I checked out the top of Burton's board line, The Vapor... That baby is light! - I didn't check the specs, but I'd say it weighs less than 5 lbs - seriously light. The problems I see in this $900 piece of aluminum and p-tex are: -In an effort to save weight, they have only 4 inserts per foot (3d system) giving you all of 3 stance width options... -This Is a real noodle with an inconsistent flex pattern. -the base looked pretty thin (you can see the core in a spot) and looks like it would be gone after 2 or 3 grinds... -one other weight saving feature was lighter fiberglass layers... Except for the weight, this really seemed like a low end board...and I know this isn't really the place where this discussion fits, but for those of you who still ride freestyle boards, can anyone explain why you'd drop that kind of coin on this boar? Sorry for the rant...I just was very depressed after today and needed to vent! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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