I bought the 2011 custom flying v, and it was the best board I have ever owned. I have been riding for over 15 years and have owned everything from lib techs, GNU's, K2, to other burton boards. There are better pure backcountry boards and park boards but if you are looking for an everyday any condition board look no further. This will rip in the powder with insane float then bomb past everyone on a groomer holding an edge like nobodies business to carve around all those little groms. It has a lot of pop but the best part is the base. I ride at Big Sky and it's notorious for rocks everywhere and tearing up boards and this base is crazy strong and resilient all while still being fast. The only complaint I have is that it's not very good on ice sheets but who wants to ride that anyways, and the EST bindings are not as stiff as you might like so buy stiffer bindings and boots than you are using now.