whoaaaaaa buddy, slowwwww down! you're killin' my vibe.
but really. I like 686, their gloves are top notch. it's funny how you only mention one of the companies he listed though, not really backing yourself up there. and as far as it lasting, it's all about how you take care of it in the end.
"are you fucking kidding me canterbury. get your own fucking line idiot."
i had a holden jacket for the last 2 years that i liked a whole lot, it just finally wore out so i ordered Saga.
i will consider pretty much any brand besides Burton or Tech 9, it's just that i kinda like to stand out in a crowd. id rather buy a lesser known brand than Burton or DC or Oakley or anything like that just cause i dont want to have the same shit as all the gapers. getting a Saga setup is a little more tricky than going down to Sports Authority and just buying it off the rack mid-season, and that's kinda why i like it.
oh, and dont get me wrong, mass-appeal isn't the only reason i dont buy Burton stuff.
"Just ahead, over the rolling wheatfields all golden beneath the distant snows of Estes, I'd be seeing old Denver at last. I pictured myself in a Denver bar that night, with all the gang, and in their eyes I would be strange and ragged like the Prophet who has walked across the land to bring the dark Word, and the only Word I had was 'Wow!'"
What he said... and I have been supporting snowboard brands for too many years (not many options in a small prairie ciity), so now I make a conscious effort to support ski brands before snowboard brands. Gotta rep skiing stuff to keep the industry pumping.
the Burton AK line is a sick line of gear. and yeah, snowboard companies do cater to snowboarders and there is a simple reason for that - the ski industry tried to block and jam out Burton when they started building boards. some of you might not remember but when snowboarding came out ski hills wouldn't allow them on the hill. if you were lucky you were allowed to walk up the hill. point is, if it looks sick and is going to survive the weather - ride whatever you want!