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Interested to see what others think on thegoodride reviews. Do their reviews match your impressions of your own board?, did you buy based on their reviews?
They seem to take some liberties on awarding many of the categories I don't think they even ride with half of their test boards, eg jibbing, pipe, jumps, pow.
My impression is they carve a few runs on some groomers , and then award other categories based on what they think it would be like.
So overall I don't put much stock in their reviews, but I'm gutted a board on top of my list they've said had some weird issue when going fast, which two of the guys noticed. Haven't heard anything about it anywhere else? but then maybe they just hadn't gone fast enough on groomers to notice it?
But despite my lack of faith in any of their freestyle ability, I'm pretty sure they can bomb groomers, so if they pick up an issue doing that, then likely its true right???
Anyway, what are your other guys thoughts on these guys board reviews, genuine helpful reviews or mediocre noobs at best.
 

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Some guys put a lot of work into that website for fellow riders. You could be a little cooler about your post, calling someone's work "shit" in your post makes you seem like someone who isn't thinking before he speaks.

As far as "how useful" is the information there? I have found it fairly decent considering the amount of ground they cover. And I have noticed they will also mention when they haven't actually ridden a board. I find their site somewhat useful but I generally take everyone's reviews with a grain of salt or through a filter of my own experience.
 

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Some guys put a lot of work into that website for fellow riders. You could be a little cooler about your post, calling someone's work "shit" in your post makes you seem like someone who isn't thinking before he speaks.

As far as "how useful" is the information there? I have found it fairly decent considering the amount of ground they cover. And I have noticed they will also mention when they haven't actually ridden a board. I find their site somewhat useful but I generally take everyone's reviews with a grain of salt or through a filter of my own experience.
funny, i always thought it was some guys putting in marginal work - phoning most of it in in fact; to get free shit, make money from click thru advertising, and to poorly attempt to be relevant in the industry.

as or less useful than reading the companies' own descriptions of their shit.
 

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You know how life is Bro, the truth is always somewhere closer to the middle. I know El and some others like to slam the dude but the truth is that there is a shitload of work into what he has there and a bunch of people who have helped him. It wouldn't be worth it for free equipment. I sure as fuck wouldn't do it. Im just saying its easy to be a hater, but save it for Bob Costas and the rest of the people "outside" the riding community. No need to tear people's shit down in our own sport, we're not a bunch of crack dealers.

But to answer the OPs question I would agree that if they are bitching about a board's performance in just ripping some groomers then you might want to do more research on the board. I've ridden a lot of free ride boards they have reviewed and their impressions are usually pretty close to the mark. Im not a fan boy of their site but there is "some" useful info there. But just buy a board from Dogfunk and ride it, if its not what you want they will flip it for you. Why even waste time with asking a bunch of strangers.
 

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funny, i always thought it was some guys putting in marginal work - phoning most of it in in fact; to get free shit, make money from click thru advertising, and to poorly attempt to be relevant in the industry.

as or less useful than reading the companies' own descriptions of their shit.
This is more dead on than anything else.

The guy lives through click through advertising. Nothing wrong with that it's his choice, but the fact he's paying a shit ton for SEO to boost that aspect speaks volumes.

I've met the guy that started it when I was working a demo for a friend. Nothing like watching a guy take a 165 powder board out on a day when it's 45 degrees, there's no fresh snow nor has there been any for the last two weeks, and with all seriousness say it was a stellar pow deck. It's not fair to anyone to bullshit that.

You know how life is Bro, the truth is always somewhere closer to the middle. I know El and some others like to slam the dude but the truth is that there is a shitload of work into what he has there and a bunch of people who have helped him. It wouldn't be worth it for free equipment. I sure as fuck wouldn't do it. Im just saying its easy to be a hater, but save it for Bob Costas and the rest of the people "outside" the riding community. No need to tear people's shit down in our own sport, we're not a bunch of crack dealers.

But to answer the OPs question I would agree that if they are bitching about a board's performance in just ripping some groomers then you might want to do more research on the board. I've ridden a lot of free ride boards they have reviewed and their impressions are usually pretty close to the mark. Im not a fan boy of their site but there is "some" useful info there. But just buy a board from Dogfunk and ride it, if its not what you want they will flip it for you. Why even waste time with asking a bunch of strangers.
There is a ton of work behind doing product reviews and they can always be done better and improved upon. But it's real easy to cut and paste a lot of specs from a companies site, boost your SEO, and then affiliate advertise it to drive click throughs to make money. Great you found a way to monetize a site, but you aren't really offering anything to the greater good or "community". Then again this "community" has a lot of parasites that aren't doing anything to help snowboarding and instead are just people that said "fuck I don't want to be a cubicle jockey or ditch digger and I want to work in what looks like a fun industry". If you're going to do something in snowboarding do it to benefit it. As I say to myself snowboarding owes me nothing I owe it everything. Some people should look into that phrase a bit more.

There's plenty of reason to tear peoples shit down. If it doesn't actually benefit and in turn hurts the snowboarding community then definitely it should be called out. Again see above response.

As Shredlife has mentioned in the above quote it's more dead on than people think. Snowboarding isn't cheap and some people want free stuff, these people also become very fearful of biting the hand that feeds them. Seen it before and we'll see it again.

I do agree that everyone should do more research on buying a product and learn to not take one source as the gospel. Also question EVERYTHING.

That whole statement on Dogfunk is so fucked up and represents everything that is wrong in snowboarding. Thank god they got rid of that 100% satisfaction guarantee bullshit.
 

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That's fine El you know more about the guy than I do. I'm still not cool with people calling other people's businesses "shit" but that's my own path.

Maybe Im not up to date with Dogfunk but those guys told me there wasn't a problem with returning a board for credit if it didn't work out. Im not sure if the rep was just paraphrasing or what. But he definitely communicated that it wasn't a problem and they wanted the business. I do agree that getting all of your money back was a crazy policy. I never abused it. I've spent a small fortune with Dogfunk and continue to do business with them, I like their whole philosophy and way of doing business. I think the problem was and "is"... when people don't show respect to their fellow man.
 

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That's cool that it's not your thing to say something is shit. Everyone has their own ways of doing things, mine is rather blunt and abrasive as I'd rather have people say I fucking suck and know where they stand than cup some balls.

I believe Dogfunk has changed it to a 30 day policy and no 100% satisfaction guarantee as well as a no questions asked response. While I agree the retail landscape has changed drastically and one can not discount what Dogfunk/Bankcountry/QVC is doing for people in areas that don't have small shops I can't stand behind them and how they do business as I watch them monopolize and destroy a culture side. But that's another topic for another thread as this is about TGR and their reviews.
 

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Is there an alternative site that provides a full season listing of all the new products from each company? Inky thing it's at least useful to jump around and compare specs of various boards.
 

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I always buy as much shit from local shops as I can, especially because I know the owners. But there's always a bunch of stuff Im after each season that they don't stock due to the nature of their business. Their inventory rarely has the highest end boards and bindings etc.
 

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Is there an alternative site that provides a full season listing of all the new products from each company? Inky thing it's at least useful to jump around and compare specs of various boards.
Taking into account every European, Asian, and Southern Hemisphere brand I would be impressed if anyone could compile a full list of every board and its specs. You're talking thousands of decks.
 

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In my defence, I didn't actually call their website shit. It was actually a question denoted by the question mark in the header. i.e "shit ?"
Meaning "is it shit?" If I had of used "shit!" then I would be calling them shit.

I'm purely interested to see who else thinks they're shit and so far they are not scoring that well in the shit count to be honest.

I just found a lot of their stuff, as Shredlife mentioned, seems phoned in. A lot of freestyle decks taken out and reviewed for the world when there is was no park or pipe available, but happy to give it a star rating as if they have ridden it, based on manufacturers blurbs it seems.
A board (or any gear for that matter) should only be reviewed for situations its actually been tested on by the reviewer at a competent level.

Also I'm not the sort of guy that likes to buy and mess around returning stuff. I would rather do my research first and commit to decent gear, so when I get to the mountain I can rip it up, not umming and ahhhing if the deck is functioning as the manufacturer told me it would.
 

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That's an interesting idea. You might come close to pulling it off if you could coordinate it with all of the major factories, Playmaker, GST, Elan, SWS etc. But you would have a lot of brands that would have to give permission.
 

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It may just be me, but after reading the 10th or so review from their site, they all just started to sound the same no matter what board was under review. There might have been a single unique sentence per review, maybe. But like tonicusa said, having most products to sift through at one site was what attracted me to the site to begin with. However, convenience like everything in life has trade offs.
 

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A few paragraphs that say "this board rides exactly like the manufacturer says it should" and some random *'s that don't necessarily match anything does no a review make...

Can you find a single review that they have done that says "this board sucks?"
 

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Just read the review of the Jones Flagship (which seems to be a "real" review, based on experience) and then the Jones Mothership - you get the feeling for the copy-paste... halfway through the Mothership review I was :confused:
I still like the site to get a general idea what's around since it's pretty complete, well-arranged and easy to filter. If I then found a board I'm interested in, I swap to google and hope, shay has done a review on it.
 
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