161cm : Everyone who discusses this board goes on about how great it is in the powder. Well, I'm sure it is wicked awesome. However, I have not had a single powder day this season, as I purchased this board near the end of it. Hard Packed: Awesome. Groomers: Awesome, very responsive and fluid. Ice: I think this board saved my ass several times when I got in the shadows on Spring days. So far, I've had fair to poor conditions and I love this board. I have thrown some tricks and landed some 4-8 ft drops/ jumps on hard packed snow and this thing absorbs and drives forward. I can tell that when conditions allow, this board will truly perform. Stoked! ***Also, I only weigh about 150 lbs. I always ride a longer board. I've got long feet and I'm about 5'10". This board is still lighter and more snappy than anything I've owned. The Magna Traction is better than the early designs. The reverse camber is subtle and lends to a very responsive board with positive traction in the turns. Good Job Lib Tech. . . You've got it figured out. With the reduced weight of the HP construction, it is very quick to respond and recover. I predict I will be able to ride more aggressively than previously possible on this board in good conditions. (One possible negative): Only rumor, though it sounds logical. . . The HP construction is great, but it MAY break down a bit sooner than the standard construction. Time will tell. I love the light weight construction though. Great board. Get stoked.