I rock two Salomons, one for freeride and one for park. I really like my freeride one.
Whiskeymilitia is definately a cool site but you never know what they have up. I've seen some Arbor which is nice too.
Libtech/GNU are really nice too...magnetraction and bananna...I don't have one but heard great things about it holding in ice, and good edges for park (you can dull it and it still holds on the snow).
You can always check Transworld magazine's buyers guide. Future snowboarding had a great yearly guide but they are out of business.
Where do you live? If your in NJ I know some good shops to ask. As for Burton, I don't think they make garbage but it's definately paying for the name, and there is stuff out there just as good or better. I usually will not buy a burton.
i'm selling a ride kashmir 154 with ride dva bindings. has chips and stuff on the edges of the top sheet but the base and the edges are all still good so that stuff doesn't really matter. base has been kept waxed and stuff-
That Ride board seems like a good deal for $150. Good choice not going with Burton, i've had 2 burtons break on me and they are way overpriced. I've worked at whitetail/Liberty/Rountop for 4 winters, and from my own experience and heresay Rome seems to make the best boards especially for park. Also, Whitetail is expanding it's park and improving it's ****ty halfpipe this winter so you guys should come check out the scene up here this year. The pitcrew civil war contest is going to be legit.
my mom used to live next to tom sims in high school....
anyway, you can find really cheap **** all over the internet, thats where i do all my shopping
some good sites are. backcountryountlet.com dogfunk.com k5.com then go to clearence, surfsidemailorder.com then go to clearnece. theclickworldwide.com. you can get made cheap stuff, just google what you can then product search it, that helps. got a 08 burton custom for 225 two weeks ago
I would definitely go with Rome. They make amazing boards for all different styles of riding. The guy who created the original Burton Custom board broke off to start up this company. You may not be able to find them in every shop but they are definitely worth looking for.