Oh I've said it for years that the Core market doesn't do shit for snowboarding. Hell if it did I wouldn't have to do product reviews, those only exist for the guys that go 10 days a year and gear whores that don't ride enough. I don't see a 100 day a year 19 year old Snow Carnie giving a fuck what I said about a board.
Exactly. For the big players (and anybody who wants to get big) it is just not worth it to cater to the small number of hardcore rides. Anybody who does not accept that fact is deluded.
People whining on these boards that Burton, Union, Mervin, NS, etc. do not care about them are both right and wrong - they are factually correct (these guys care more about the thousands of 10 days/year people shuffling through BC Sport or Walmart than the 100 days/year enthusiast) but wrong to expect anything else.