I keep gravitating back to Burton probably because I am comfortable with their product.
I remember the days of the Burton Air, Crazy Banana, Barfoot etc and we thought a few feet of air and a clean grab was all a man (or woman) could ask for. It didn't matter what you rode, just the fact that you rode was bonding. I remember when skiers told us we were not welcome on 'their' hill and to F-off (lol had fun with some of those tough guys)
My friend became a Burton rep and I watched as Burton really progressed the industry, sometimes in a good way, sometimes in a not so good way. I was fortunate to be able to ride a lot of different boards and got hooked on the Custom for years.
Of course there are Burton boards I feel are crap, just like I feel there are other manufacturers that have some crappy boards too. I just haven't been on another manufacturer's board that I have liked more than some of my Burton's. I do believe they are out there, and in greater numbers than ever. I wish I still had a large group of friends to ride with on a frequent basis so I could still try various equipment.
I would like to try a NS Evo, a Bataleon ET (almost bought one a little while ago), Capita Stairmaster..
Any other recommendations on boards/brands I should try? I like a board I can press, and I like a true twin. Currently I ride a Burton Love which I, well uh, love.