I've had a lot of Ride boards in my day (Concept UL, Timeless, Prophet, Crush, Kashmir, Society, Exile etc.), and the Machete is one of my favorites. I'm not a tech-y person (leave that to my husband), but I do know that this board is fun and reliable in every condition. I've ridden it on what Utahns call "ice" (not blue ice like what East Coasters are familiar with), groomers, and in three feet of pow. It handles well in everything. I love its versatility and the fact that it can charge the mountain and carve aggressively but also be playful and fun and float through pow. You can't go wrong with this board.