I rode a DC PLY for a majority of the season and just got on my Mega for the first time today... Both seem to be a similar ride so far but the mega is definitely stiffer. really nice in the pipe! The biggest difference is the base. the Mega does have the wooden topsheet and seems to be a little lighter. I remember the ply being somewhat stiff when i first got it but broke in really nice!!! If a higher end base, lighter weight and a stiffer flex are things that interest you (and for me they are) then the mega is sweet!!! if you get the ply be prepared to wax often!