old thread, i know.
I have the 2012 156cm, my first board so I don't have a lot to compare to, absolutely loving it. After years on rentals Im sure anything would feel great, but so happy with this board, mostly free-riding. I might have gone too short for much powder riding, tends to sink in. Magne traction sounded like a marketing gimmick but I think it really does help a ton on ice or hard packed snow, so many times I thought "any second I'm going to faceplant" but it didn't happen (often)!
I dont mind the graphics on mine, but I havent seen the 2011. I dont care if someone calls my board ugly though.