Ha, it's funny you mention the Never Summer SL-R, because my buddy who works at a board shop suggested the same. I was just so enamored with the ability of the Magnetraction on the massive ice sheets we encounter in the poconos that it was hard for me to look past it. However, if you say that the NS Vario Grip is comparable to the Magnetraction, then I should at least demo a Never Summer.
What's your opinion on the Gnu Altered Genetics? Is it worth it or is it a hyped up Lib-Tech TRS BTX?
Anyhow, thanks for the advice. I really appreciate it.