Actually, i think Burton is that great. I have been riding their stuff for over 20 seasons. they make stuff for everyone, from beginner weekend warriors to rich morons to guys like me. sure their prices are higher than most in similar categories but thats because they can command those prices. its stupid to assume because it costs more that that means they are saying its "the best". thats a poor insecure persons attitude. every company says their stuff is 'the best". to say there is stuff out there that is way better and way cheaper is dumb. how are you measuring that its "better?". Burton makes quality stuff, they wouldn't be the number one compnay in EVERY category if they didn't. there are no statistics that i am aware of that shows their stuff breaks more or less than anyone elses stuff.
hating on companies is stupid, just pick the gear you like and go with it, if you don't like it: fine. if you do keep on keeping on