I have to be honest and say that the only board I ever owned before this one was 10+ years old, and manufactured by a company that no longer exists. That being said, I really love this board. Rides like a boat in powder when you sit back a bit, handles the groomers with no chatter to speak of and is very playful. Found it to be a bit hooky when it was very new, I detuned it and feel more comfortable now without such a sharp edge. (That may be personal preference, but it really made a difference in my experience.) Flexible when you do jumps or ride through crud, but stable enough to get some speed without worrying.