There are so many question on which one of these boards should I get and I am just wondering how many people think they made the wrong decision. It just seems like once you narrow your choice down to 2-3 boards you almost can't go wrong. As long as your are looking for boards that are for your ridining style there doesn't seem to be much differece anymore.
I am seeing a lot of poeple coming back saying that their decision was great and the board ended up being perfect for them, but I would be very curious if their reaction would have been differnt if they choose one of the other boards on their list of options.
This is an excellent point. For people who have done their research (people like the riders you speak of on these very forums) and taken opinions from other riders and narrowed their search down, they most likely would end up being happy with any of the choices they had.
So I really do believe that the result would have been the same regardless of which board they went with so long as it was in the same category and suited their stats equally well.
Also, hype plays a huge role too. Not too long ago, the Skate Banana was very hyped. My curiosity was at its peak with this board. I finally got to ride it last season. After demoing it, I was all for it. I thought I loved it and it reflects in the video review I gave it. Then I hopped on boards like the Machete and Custom Flying-V. The Skate Banana wasn't all that I hyped myself into believing. It's not bad by any means, but just not as good as the hype made me believe.
I'm bringing the hype aspect up because that is what sort of happens with these "which board is best for me" threads. In reality, either would make them happy. But the fact that other people gave them a nudge in a certain direction creates this positive preconception of the board so they get that much more stoked when they finally ride it.
The current trend is NeverSummer. I haven't been on one yet, but because of this forum, I am soooooo ready to demo one.
I liken it to this... I've had cookies n creme ice cream before. My wife really hypes up this particular brand of it called Haagen Daaz (spelling?) and makes me really excited to try it. I end up loving it! But in the end, is it really that much better? I mean it is still ice cream with Oreos. That's not to say I haven't had crappy ice cream before though lol.