Burton makes great boards. There is no real reason to stay away from them. People just say that because it's "cool" to bash the Nike of the snowboard world.
I disagree! Check the prices of a burton board and a comparable board of a different brand and you'll see why people bash burton. I've also seen posts about burton having a higher rate of factory fuck-ups and posts about noobs being burtoned out from head to toe cuz that's what's cool. (We all know that's true, too). Personally, I'd buy burton gear just as quickly as I'd buy anything else if the price was right, but, unfortunately, it never is.
Who the hell bashes Nike anyway?