This being my first kick at it, I went with the Karakorams.
I really wanted a Never Summer, I figured I'd just get it without the Voile kit, and then get the Karakoram System. While Karakoram does seem a bit pricey, it's pretty close, because it basically comes with a DIY kit. Spark Blaze + Voile kit will still be ~460.
Bryce and Tyler have also been great to deal with. Kudos to them for going out on a limb and giving us options!
Once I have everything, I'll post up initial thoughts. It doesnt look like I'll get a tour (or much time on snow) until mid December... too much studying to do.
The Never Summer SL-R is the best all mountain board I have been on... Ever.
Buy it... Ride it... Love it...