Quality over fashion. Sure, everyone wants something that looks nice but if it means choosing between a not so good-looking but well performing board and a sick-looking crappy board, I'd choose the better performing one.
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yea to be honesy, if i see something that has awesome specs but i just dont like the way it looks, i simply look for something i do think looks good AND still has the same great specs. theres so many outerwear companys out there its almost hard not to find something you like and still not cut corners on quality.
With clothers quality and fashion tend to go together as stylish clothes are more expensive so they have better specs.
In terms of boards quality all the way. You only see the board when posing with for a pic. But again quality boards tend to have more effort put into the graphics anyway.
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like the first thing i do, is check out what i want to find in like pants or jacket. Which i base my first decision on waterproofing and breathability. I HAVE to have the best stuff. Such as a 20k+/12mm+ specs into it when it comes to breathability and waterproofing. Then i check for its pockets and vents. Afterwards, it then boils down to if i like the fit and then style and see if it will look good in general. Im pretty self consious about the fasion part...so there has to be a pretty sick pattern or graphic to it. If i just like the article for its specs and it doesnt have any designs, then im cool going with a solid color.
Boards and stuff have to boil down to pure rideablility. I refuse to ride a board under 400 bux because ive owned a few under there and all of them just sucked compared to my old gnu riders choice. thats why this year im getting a lib skate banana. This year i have to have a anticambered board, and the innovators of that was libtech. I refuse to buy tag along things such as never summer and K2 when it comes to those kinds of innovations. And Magnetraction is such a bliss.
innovative snowboard concepts
-Magnetraction (Lib Tech)
-Anticamber/Banana tech (Lib Tech)
-horozontal non-symetrics (Gnu...Really Mervin/Lib tech but only gnu uses it with the narrow radius heel edge)
-Spooned contact points (burton)
-Lifted Edges (bataleon)
-ICS/Est with Cantbeds (Burton)
Graphics are filthy too, i dont wana ride a weird looking board all the time. Banana's are legit though, same with my old Gnu Riders Choice from 06/07 (RIP)