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  • #573317
    rightsider
    150 Posts

    Just looking through the Burton catalog, 4th to last page they mention the “freebird” as a rocketed splitboard… No other info and it’s nowhere else in the catalog. Interesting…

    #628573
    secretbase241
    16 Posts

    You are kiding right? The page that says TAKE A LOOK…… the middle of the 2 pages? I see a black splitty with a gray and orange logo

    #628574
    rightsider
    150 Posts

    yeah, that’s what i’m talking about. there is also a little block of text just to the lower left of the board titled “split open and melt” with an arrow pointing to the board graphic.

    #628575
    Kyle Miller
    510 Posts

    and the board rides SICK!

    #628576
    samh
    726 Posts

    Paper catalogs? What is this, the 1990s? ; )

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    #628577
    Jogi
    158 Posts

    Wow! What a huge promo …

    #628578

    That’s what I thought. Also, I noticed the specs aren;t listed in the big table. Looks like splitboarding is slowly slipping off Burton’s marketing radar, though i like that they’ve changed it up.

    Not that I give a shit.

    #628579
    splitchank
    97 Posts

    yeah… just saw that. Hit their website and put “freebird” in the search engine and it came up with shit. Whatev. I have an “s 68” and it’s alright but the next splitty I get will be something from a manufacturer who cares.

    btw, love all the “support local snowboarding” crap all over the catalog when their clothes are made in china and the board production moved to austria… the only thing still here in VT is the marketing team. 🙄

    f that company… it’s like a high school popularity contest, I’m not their demographic anyway.

    #628580
    russman
    692 Posts

    Know what I love about the splitboard community? We are all just as stoked as we were when the new Jurassic Park toy Tyrannosaurus Rex hit the shelves at Toys R US! I freaken love it!!!

    #628581
    twostowe
    56 Posts

    splitchank, there is much more than just the marketing team left in VT…….

    #628582
    splitchank
    97 Posts

    just seems really “plastic”… all that ‘support local snowboarding’ crap. When again, clothing is made in china and boards are no longer pressed in the US, let alone VT. People losing jobs is very un-local.

    I heard a rumor the boards are pressed in China and sent to Austria for graphics, therefore being able to say ‘Made in Austria’… juss a rumor I heard, from a kool aid drinker nonetheless, in stowe.

    I own a malolo and a split 68 and Ions, so I have sipped the kool aid quite a bit because of great deals that were available.. but I’m going to start sipping Switchback soon… Rome Notch 64 anyone? :drool:

    #628583
    twostowe
    56 Posts

    I’ll preface this by saying that I’m not trying to pick a fight splitchank, just clarifying.

    The FreeBird is made in Uttendorf, Austria, along with every other board that says Made in Austria….that’s a fact, not kool-aid. 😉

    Curious if you know of any snowboard outerwear companies that still produce clothing in the US? I know Arc’teryx used to produce stuff in Canada, but I believe that has mostly ended. Same with Northface, Patagonia, etc.

    Rome Notch is a fun board. I rode a 158 non-swallowtail for a season, but was a little disappointed in the quality of the sidewall material used. It’s a semi-transparent glass type sidewall and it exploded on me in multiple areas, rather than crack or ding. I have an older 158 Malolo as well, and the sidewall material seems to have held up a little better.

    We are agreed on beer thirty though! :guinness: :guinness:

    #628584
    Kyle Miller
    510 Posts

    Trew Gear is made in Canada.

    #628585
    ehcarley
    411 Posts

    When I used to work in a shop the Burton Rep told us that the high end stuff was made in Austria because the Chinese don’t really get the whole copywrite/ patent thing and if they made their high end stuff there it would end up getting ripped off.

    A lot of people like to rip on Burton, but they generally make good product and they have driven the sport to a level where the products as a whole are really good and it garners a lot of attention. Most of that attention goes to an aspect of the sport most of us don’t pursue- Half Pipe, rails- but the money drawn by those aspects goes in to improving the gear the rest of us use, making better outer wear, better gloves, better boots, better bindings, and better boards. Snowboarding is about having fun, and if you forget that, you are doing it wrong. So let the groms have the park and pipe, it just means more fresh for you and me.

    #628586
    splitchank
    97 Posts

    @twostowe wrote:

    I’ll preface this by saying that I’m not trying to pick a fight splitchank, just clarifying.

    The FreeBird is made in Uttendorf, Austria, along with every other board that says Made in Austria….that’s a fact, not kool-aid. 😉

    Curious if you know of any snowboard outerwear companies that still produce clothing in the US? I know Arc’teryx used to produce stuff in Canada, but I believe that has mostly ended. Same with Northface, Patagonia, etc.

    Rome Notch is a fun board. I rode a 158 non-swallowtail for a season, but was a little disappointed in the quality of the sidewall material used. It’s a semi-transparent glass type sidewall and it exploded on me in multiple areas, rather than crack or ding. I have an older 158 Malolo as well, and the sidewall material seems to have held up a little better.

    We are agreed on beer thirty though! :guinness: :guinness:

    no worries..like I said, rumor.

    don’t know who is making apparel in the US anymore. My point is that the catalog was big on the ‘support local snowboarding’ in it and they’re not doing much locally let alone in the US.
    Fly Low Gear? maybe. Cloudveil?

    I do have to say, my Malolo has been my go to board for 2 seasons and held up pretty good so far, even though I had to butcher some old flows to make em work with the channel :nononno:

    If I can swing a new board this season, I was looking at the notch 64 or the Jones Hovercraft. I’m a big guy and I’m not sure about the hovercraft but bummed to hear your take on the sidewalls on the rome. I can beat a board pretty good.

    alright, time to go to the bar. MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM Switchback :guinness: :guinness:

    #628587
    SkateBananas
    178 Posts

    :guinness: switchback! where in VT are you? Im originally from milton, grew up riding smuggs, my dad still skis up there on a regular basis.

    #628588
    splitchank
    97 Posts

    livin the life as a Bolton Bushwhacker…

    mmm switchback BROWN ALE last night, new. :guinness: :guinness: :drool: :guinness:

    #628589
    NatasKaput
    40 Posts

    yeah, i’m over burton and their shenanigans, the only thing i will ever buy from them again is bindings

    My love head wound and your free head wound
    Don't know but I even wanna try to be

    #628590
    rky mtn srfr
    152 Posts

    My S-Series (162) is going up for sale, all parts/skins/bindings ($450). It’s been a good board, but I’m hooked on rocker and looking for more float with less weight/length for this season. Was excited about the Freebird because of rocker and hopefully tighter tolernaces, a better pic is in last months Backcountry Mag, but do believe in keeping it local.

    Although, I’ve found the Burton AK outerwareto be the most functional snowboard/spiltboarding outerware I’ve used yet. I’d consider a US manufacturer if there was one that was making outerware on the same level as the AK line.

    So, not to threadjack, BUT Never Summer hand builds their boards in Denver using 100% of its materials from US or Canada (wood core is the only part from Canada, and they just buy blocks to make several wood cores out of)- no bullshit, I’ve toured their factory. Also Venture is built in Silverton using NA materials, and is even solar/wind powered for a greener foot print.

    Buying local isn’t that hard.

    #628591
    caseythefever
    10 Posts

    Yeah, Lib-Tech and GNU are made in WA, Unity, Never summer, and Venture are made in CO. And i’m positive that’s not the end of the list of local dealers.

    But they do list the Freebird on the Burton site now, as “Coming Soon.” And it got mentioned in Backcountry Mag. Still not supporting Burton anymore. They used to be an awesome, creative company. Now they seem to be all about following trends, letting smaller companies take the risks with creative concepts, and then stamping out their own version under a different name if it works. Plus, they’re not very environmentally friendly, which to me is a big concern. Not that all of my gear is environmentally friendly, but all my boards come from eco-conscious companies, which is important to me.

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