Added these puppies to my 6 year old Burton Custom 162. 1st thing I notices was the weight loss and amazing contact to the board. The comfy straps and foam foot bed are so plush.
The temperature just dropped from 0 to -11c the conditions were icy and harsh.
The stability was greatly improved from my old cartels. Edge control at crazy high speed was incredible. The old board would have washed out on me before. I also notices the elevation allowed me to lean out a little more on my heal edge.
I was going to buy a new board, but now think I will hold off another year because all of the reasons I was looking at a new board seem to have been solved. BONUS is that Burton is replacing my old 7 year old Cartles because the base plate cracked. Will Drake do the same in 7 years? Some how I don't think so.