It’s becoming increasingly difficult for snowboard companies to stay afloat, let alone turn a profit. One form of cost cutting is outsourcing the production of snowboards to countries where labor is less expensive. Countries which may have questionable environmental regulations and labor laws. Mass production for the masses-do you know where your snowboard was made?

We Asked:

“Would you buy a board knowing that it was made in China?”

If I was choosing between two boards and one was made in China, and one wasn’t, I’d pick the other one-but I wouldn’t go out of my way to find a board made in the States.

Michael P. Esau

I live in Korea and a lot of products are imported from China. My parents are missionaries, and travel there frequently, they tell me about all sorts of shady stuff. They tell me that in China they are spraying peppers to make them redder, and that they actually make fake baby milk. Babies die from the consumption of fake milk. This doesn’t say much about their products, or their regulation. Most of the gear I own is already made in China, Bonfire is made in China and they make great stuff. But a snowboard takes more technique to make than a jacket. When I am shelling out hard-earned money for a deck, I’d buy one that is not made in China. If companies are going to China to save money, they should reflect the savings unto us, but they don’t. I’d rather buy a board that was built by someone who actually snowboards.

Elijah Kim

Seoul, Korea

Of course I would buy a board form China! Machines are the same no matter what country they are used in. And if nobody buys boards from underpaid workers, then the underpaid workers become jobless-some money is better than none.

Erik Formella

Maine

The people who built my board need money for lift tickets, outerwear, and E.R. visits. It makes me proud to ride a board made in the U.S.

Jason

Salt Lake City, Utah

I would buy boards from China. My outerwear comes from China, and my boots probably do, too. Americans may work harder and more productively, but with the money saved by outsourcing, snowboard companies might be able to hire more people in the States, for better jobs.

Spencer

More than half the products in the U.S. these days are made in China because it’s cheaper-why not your snowboard, too? More than likely the quality won’t be much different, but it’ll be cheaper, for sure. The problem is, with that cheap price tag comes the guilt of knowing overworked underpaid employees made that stick for ya. If it’s price alone your going for then yeah, buy a Chinese-made board-but if you’re interested in human rights at all don’t. I’d opt for the latter, but if the price is too high, I might have to go for the Chinese board, ’cause I’m broke!

Ryan Hanson

Geelong,

Australia

I would fo’ sho’ buy a board from China. Them fools got all the best technology in every sense. U.S ain’t got that good of skills, look at American cars-pieces of shit. Nothing good is made in the U.S these days.

Charles Shershanko

Next Month’s Question:

“Will The U.S. take halfpipe gold in Torino? If so, who will clinch the number one spot?”

Answers will be tallied up for the February issue of TWS.

In Your Head questions are on the interweb every month-transworldsnowboarding.com