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Old 10-23-2008, 05:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Once upon a time there was an unsuspecting customer, whom delved into the 'tustworthy well known brand', but through shredding the gnar, was burned and not by ice.

Basically this is a story about my exploits with the, what some would say corporate junk and others not much else; of Burton.

Five months ago I purchased 08 Burton Cartels (non- EST) and in a matter of days stumbled across, what I thought of at the time, a mackin' deal on an 08 Burton X8. Little did I know chaos that could make babies cry, would eventually ensue.

To the first day of my twenty something day season and I felt like a White kid in a Basketball singlet, pretty cool, with my blinging top sheet and jet black bindings. All manner of things were taking upon with this new setup, jibs, jumps, jibs and dare I say powder in NZ? And then the first cracks, literally, started showing in my glorious new setup. My blinging top sheet was cracked after 15 days riding. I jibbed away my pain.

Now fast forward to my last days at the mountain, two weeks ago. Three days of shredgasm. But in the first morning it was ruined, completely and utterly. As if by some twist of fate my X8 had passed some sort of (fictional?) use by date, a second almighty crack through not only the top sheet, but to the die-cut of the base appeared. Shock-horror (to me, but most likely not ye, proud avenger of Burton).

- Insert cliche about soldier here -, I continued boarding throughout this last wonderful weekend of white subtance making me wild. And then it happened, my jet black Cartels, broke.The highback was fucked for lack of better terminology. Seemingly also having fallen victim to this supposedly fictious use by date.

Thus my weekend was ruined. My setup had completely failed me, when I needed it most (I had summited on the Saturday of the weekend).

Though the story becomes more joyous once dealing with warranty. The more cynical of you bunch may think, due to Burton's high failure rate and extortionate pricing for sub-par equipment, they can simply afford to replace things. Quickly. Efficiently. And provide a generally good service. Well in my experiece anyway. Practice makes perfect, right?

Now here I am with a 09 Jeremy Jones 51 and new CO2's thank you to Burtons W48 programme. Thank you Burton.

That is until I snap the highbacks on the C02's and delam the Jeremy Jones, through normal wear an tear a entry level Technine board could handle.


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Old 10-23-2008, 06:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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*slowly raises hand* Why did you decide to go with Burton?
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More a matter of circumstance, and being naive I guess. I copped the X8 for 200 US and the bindings for relatively cheap to.

I had never owned any Burton gear previously, so was unaware of the build quality was that of a McDonalds happy meal toy.
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Same thing happened to one of my co workers this year.
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Oh God. I've been running with a Salomon Pulse (my first year riding) and the topsheet started chipping. I got full store credit, and bought a new '08 Burton Andy Warhol Custom and '08 Cartels. I was hoping that this setup would last me a few years :/

Mind you, I don't plan on going to the park. Just freeriding and some groundtricks...
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Oh God. I've been running with a Salomon Pulse (my first year riding) and the topsheet started chipping. I got full store credit, and bought a new '08 Burton Andy Warhol Custom and '08 Cartels. I was hoping that this setup would last me a few years :/

Mind you, I don't plan on going to the park. Just freeriding and some groundtricks...
I'm sure it will be fine.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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::crosses fingers for this years setup::

I got a Burton board as a gift, which I thought was pretty smooth. Tried on a shitload of boots, and the Ions were money. Thanks to Burton making their gear work best with their own gear, I ended up getting burton bindings at a awesome deal too.
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Through obvious personal experience and talking to people who know far more than me about boards. This has happened regularly.

This is kind of only applicable to higher end boards, because they get used for what they are intended, jumps, drops and rails. Simply Burton just make their boards to light.

I really did like the X8 for a park board, but the durability will forever keep me away from Burtons now.

Never Summer band wagon jumper #2836, right here.
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^ HAHA welcome to the flock man.
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