I do wish some of the ft boards stayed around for more than a season, the marketing material always looks good but by the time actual reviews materialize the good ones are gone. Always a shot in the dark with ft. I still wonder if I missed out on the speed date
Totally. Like I was a big fan of the OG Trick Pony. Then they fukced it by changing the tips, making it directional twin, and throwing an extra shitty version of PurePop on it. When the Name Dropper was flat it was one of the best jib decks available. Fukced it up by putting purepop on it. They consistently keep making the twin/purepop Custom a limited release. Could be a smash hit for their line, or, you know, make a reg custom in Pure Pop. They put a fukc ton of marketing effort behind the Flight Attendant, one of the worst boards to make it out of Family Tree, when that same level of effort SHOULD have been behind maybe the Deep Thinker? Cartographer? Hometown Hero? All better than the FA. Shit, FT should have pushed boards like the Stun Gun, Cheetah, Sensei, Con Artist, Speed Freak, SkipJack, Juice Wagon, Cloud Splitter, Branch Manager, Landlord, Tough Cat.... am I making my point? Angry said it best on the Live Chat yesterday, Burton sells boards to people that buy snowboards. Like they market to the group of snowboarders who buy snowboards, like that's their snowboard identity, that they bought a their own snowboard. And yeah if you bought a Burton and like it that's fine, I have over the years and been a fan. Loved the FlyingV Barraduda, had a Free Thinker, solid, had an OG Trick Pony, super fun, Sensei was sick... Bindings are, fine. That's it for me, their just fine. Same for the boots. They have some good stuff, some not so good stuff, some stuff that is 5 years behind. Oh but they have StepOn Split now!!! Yay!!! Cause the average person that is riding StepOn is definitely who I want in the backcountry. Talked about it recently and it was kind of nice when to split, you had to cut your own board and add your own inserts. Anyone putting that level of effort into BC gear, would also likely put that level of effort into being educated and riding smart.