This stick is fresh. I bought a 159 despite it being a freestyle board because I knew I would be going all mountain on it. Well, it just so happened we go hit with major fresh about two weeks ago. I took it on the resort and it handled just fine. The board is super light and responsive. However, as many others have said, the board does get chipped up easy. I took it out just one day and it already looks like it's been through three seasons, which sucks.