I have been snowboarding since I was 14-15 yrs old, and owned a K2 spitfire 160 wide since I was 18, until recently I bought an Arbor. 1) wanted a board that not everyone owns. 2)heard they were awesome boards. I bought the element 162. The board is awesome. Easy to turn, and gains speed like a cheetah. Definitely not for the light-hearted people when it comes to snowboarding. You gotta make sure you are 100% sure that you want to purchase it. It was almost scary at first on my first day of using it. I may as well have been wearing a bulls-eye on my back, I had at least a dozen people in one day, ask me about the board. What kind it was? Where to find it? and sick it was! People really liked the top design. The one comment for that was...thats sick.