i happen to like the ride of Mervin's decks, but I also agree that not having steel around the tip and tail sucks..my Gnu DK has a bunch of top sheet splits and cracks where normally the steel edge wouldve protected it..It has less days than my Evo and considerably more damage to the tip and tail.
My friend bought a Gnu Carbon Credit and believe me, he is barely able to make it down the mountain, let alone beat the deck up...and yet, after his 2nd run, he had a similar crack in the tip of his board. Totally bummed him out cause he was really stoked on his new deck.
I was debating an LT board for next season but I think im gonna stick with NS... I already know I love the camber profile and it's held up exceedingly well. The better I've gotten, the more I beat the crap out of it, the better it actually feels.
Never Summer Evo 153/Restricted ReFlex Cartel
Gnu Danny Kass 156 BTX