Well the Gnu Carbon High Beam is basically Gnu's trademark snowboard, its been around for a while tested many times, and is still around. Its an all mountain freestyle board, comes in many sizes (including wides) and with magnatraction, and for some reason Zumiez also had the CHB with Banana tech also which I find weird cause it doesn't say they are available that way on gnu's website, maybe limited edition maybe knock off. But it is Gnu's entry level board, but last time I rode one i found it was comfortable, handled well all over, park and powder. I would trust one but thats only my opinion. As far as cons I'm not too sure cause I have never owned one, but I'm sure someone else will give you the cons.