I own last years SL, so I can't speak for the new Rocker tech, but I imagine the board is mostly the same. That said, it is an amazing and versatile board. I personally like to ride big mountians but live on the east coast... so I fool around a lot while going down smaller trails and the SL is an amazingly smooth and forgiving board. Great for butters and catching some air, but also agile enough to take through thick trees. I also have taken the board out west and hit up a lot of the CO resorts, and it definitely holds its own in deep pow as well. The thing I stress most about never summer in general however is the quality of their boards. My friends and I are bigger guys weighing ~200lb (not fat, we lift :D) and we also ride hard and these boards def. keep up. I have seen never summer boards knock up against rocks pretty hard and keep going and looking new after a fresh coat of wax. If you are an intermediate rider who is stuck between a free-ride/freestyle board I highly recommend this board. While it is not the best at either, it is very good at both.