Is Burton really that bad?
This is my personal experience so of course you fine folks are more than welcome to speak your mind and share your own experience. I've been riding since 2000 and pretty consistently 30 days a season. I would say I'm pretty advance doing 360s and 180s, nothing crazy. Mostly I just like to goof around, bombing down runs, a few flat presses, and a rail here and there in between.
My first board was a Salomon Fastback, heavy but very stable board, then I got a Burton Dragon, at the time I thought it was the lightest/best board I've ridden. I love it. Then I got a Palmer Classic to goof around in, but I must say even though it had a sintered base it's not a good snowboard. Then a Ride DH, and another Burton Dragon and finally I finally bought into the hype and got a Bataleon Riot.
Base on the different snowboards I've owned and ridden and waxed/maintained, I can say that the Burton is by far the best quality board I've owned. I can't say about Burton's high end boards these days since I have never ridden them. But in the beginning of the millennium Burton was making board that was innovative and high quality. Their bases are usually sintered and my Burton Dragon had stainless steel edge so they were very strong even though they were made thin to save weight. I finally had to retire my Dragon after t-boning the side edge onto a rail and cracking the side edge.
In comparison, my ride DH has edge that are easily rusted meaning the steel edge is not of high quality and the base was easily gouged. My Bataleon Riot is even worst in my opinion, the steel edge is very soft and get badly rusted after a day on the slope. I haven't used my Bataleon much yet since I just got it last season but it doesn't feel as sturdy as my Burton Dragon. I guess the was I can compare the two is like the one dollar screw driver comparing to a $10 screw driver form Craftsman.
I know I can't determine the quality of a snowboard simply by it's steel edge but my Burton Dragon simply 'feels' like it has a higher quality. Don't get me wrong, I do love my Bataleon Riot and I love the TBT and I do get alot of compliments on it. Though Bataleon is still selling alot of their lineups with extruded base which leads me to believe because of the TBT tech they're not as keen on offering better quality snowboards.
Thanks for your time reading my long azz essay but I feel that it's not fair Burton is getting such a bad reputation for their current lineup. BTW I do think Burton's EST is a horrible idea.