Yea, I've experimented with the Cruzer and Feather, both boards didn't work for me as well as the troop. I guess its just my personal preference. I know for sure my opinion will change once I start expanding my board collection ( someday when i get some more cash).
The main difference between women-specific and guy-specific boards is just the size. Often you'll find womens boards a little more narrow because of foot size.There are some other modifications because women have a lower center of gravity then men. The weight range is also a little lower.