Well this is why Rome is now getting my business, in response to my question about differences between last year and this year he said:
Not too much, but there are Impact Plates in the new flag which makes it a little more durable, and the new Smartbase that you don’t have to wax is also on the new Flag.
All in all, both board will ride great though, and a deals a deal, we’ve all been there.
I couldn't ask for a more honest and fair answer to my question. So yes there are differences but he didn't try to push the new product, and answered it as if he were in my shoes. Toatally what I was looking for but not expecting!