If you don't snowboard how would you know what can be improved upon in the design of a snowboard?
Boards are not designed
by factory workers. All big board companies have professional design staffs and test rider teams, regardless of where the boards are actually manufactured.
Nice rabid argument. Good start.
China is known for using the cheapest and most unsafe compounds around.
Snowboards are not made by
"China" -- they are made in Chinese factories according to specs prepared by the snowboard companies' design and production managers.
You probably have some Chinese-made snowboarding equipment in your home, such as bindings, boots, outerware, etc. Aren't you worried about all the "unsafe compounds" to which you may be exposed?
By the way, why is the hate directed exclusively at China? What about all the board manufacturing that is outsourced to Europe?
Name me one other company that puts as much research and development with into their materials while having a concern for environmentally safe products as libtech. Genetically altered trees, top sheets made from beans, basalt made from volcanic rock instead of fiberglass...I can keep going on, go look at libtechs website if you care to learn more. But please don't try and tell me anything made in China can compare to something like that.
There's nothing wrong with being a LibTech fan, but there's no need to swallow the hype whole. Every top board company has its own slate of tech innovations and interesting design tweaks. Believing that one company is miles ahead of all the others means moving from being a fan to a fanboy.
A person who thinks of snowboarding as more than a hobby will most likely not buy the cheapest board one can find at a sports chain store, but will buy at a boardshop that has a higher end product.
Where as someone who is in it for a little fun in the winter won't care about the latest and greatest technology, and will most likely buy from a big chain with cheap prices from staff who know next to nothing about the sport.
Now you're contradicting yourself. First you said the problem was that the Chinese-made boards were for "people with money" rather than real riders. Now you're saying that the Chinese-made boards are sold cheaply to casual buyers, and it's the real riders who buy the more expensive gear in fancy shops. So I guess the legit riders must be the "people with money"?
There's nothing wrong with preferring to support domestic manufacturing, but there's no need to conjure up unwarranted generalizations to justify yourself. According to you, it's inevitable that K2 & Ride boards will be of terrible quality, because of the curse of Chinese manufacturing. But since we can all see and test those boards for ourselves, the argument falls apart.