Originally Posted by Jomas
Everyone is stoked with their gear, and I am glad they are...
Two separate considerations... one is the 'review' posted by Average Joe Snowboarder. The other is reviews published by "professionals".
The average dude snowboarding gets his new board and is just psyched he's got a new board and he's going to go out and ride the fuck out of it and have fun, unless it's a total lemon. It is a form of cognitive bias like post-purchase rationalization, basically the opposite of buyer's remorse. In my day job doing market research on the automotive industry we see the same thing when we analyze customer satisfaction with recent vehicle purchases. Customer presumably liked it enough after the test drive or whatever, to spend a bunch of $$$ on it and until/unless something goes wrong, their sentiment isn't likely to change very much especially in the first few months of use. Not only that, but they will go out of their way to subconsciously rationalize any perceived negatives, in order to not feel that nasty buyer's remorse feeling.
This guy only rides 10 or so days a year. Most people don't ride 30 or 50 or 100 days a year. As a result, he's simply not going to notice the little nuances of a board that someone with more experience might notice and dislike. And even if there are little things he doesn't like, he probably is going to try and suppress that feeling anyways.
So, when you're reading the "I just bought my new AWESOME-O SNOWBOARD and I f*ckin' love it!" thread on this forum or somewhere else, it's gonna be really, really, really rare that you find one where the person is dissatisfied with their recent purchase.
Originally Posted by Jomas
where can we find info on the gear to watch out for?
Now about the "professional" reviewers... There are relatively few people who score tons of free product for reviews. Yes, it happens and Leo & I have gotten some of these but they're few and far between. This is not to say that bias or conflict of interest doesn't exist at all. It certainly does. The big magazines buyer's guides are essentially paid advertorials. And there are sites out there and I won't mention any names but it's like every board they ride is the best board in the world. If you get that impression from a review site, that's your cue to ignore their data as unreliable.
Angry Snowboarder isn't afraid to say something sucks and is what I would call "brutally honest". He also knows his shit as good or better than any review site out there. Leo & I aren't afraid to talk about aspects that we don't like, although we may not be as salty about the negatives. Personally, when I strap in to review a board I'm not necessarily riding it for me
. Some boards out there that I didn't personally like, but that doesn't mean they're not the right board for someone else, so Leo & I try not to put our own opinion/bias in to the reviews.