This board as far as speed, handle, and just overall ability lets you go beyond what you thought u were capable of. The price may be a bit steep but once you get out on the mountain, you'll forget about it. also it's very tough so you won't need another board for a while nor will you get bored of it. my only complaint is how far back the bindings are set. Where I live in maine, there aren't as much powder days as out west. I try to go up to sunday river and do some off trail boarding when there is fresh deep snow to be ridden. This offset helps me not have a tired back leg. but when the fresh snow is more scarce and its all groomies, We like to take park runs and wat not and I dont no about every1 else but i prefure a centered stance for park. Overall, great amazing ride, not for the kid who only goes park. If you more of a rider, don't hesitate. park kids should go look into the www.