i rode this board all season (20 on mountain days). it is my first board and a lincoln in comparison to a rental. So things i like about the board are that it holds an edge pretty well, comes in wide, and has features like cruise control and v rocker that have helped me progress my riding. It's unrealistic to say "oh you''ll never catch an edge" on any board. But in comparison to other boards i have ridden or demoed I think that the features i describe above help to keep the contact points out of the snow so you have less incidental edge catches. and really for this reason i think that for a beginner a little rocker outside the bindings is helpful and makes turning a little easier. I like the graphics and plan to keep the board for a couple of seasons as my riding progresses.