Thanks for all the replies so far!
The TRS' extruded base is pretty damn fast, the only issue I have with it is that it needs waxed constantly.
Good to hear. I guess I haven't heard anything bad about the base, but I just remember from shopping years back that sintered is (generally) better than extruded (but you need to wax it more often).
What is your reason for going with Mervin?
I'm also interested in the Hot Knife and would like to hear what people say about it.
Since you said you like the feel of camber over rocker, seems like the Hot Knife is for you (having more of a camber profile).
I've just gotten a lot of recommendations at work for Mervin (a lot of people are very pro-"snowboarder run" companies in the US/Canada). And I demoed the TRS and feel pretty familiar with their boards without demoing all of them.
I've ridden both the Hot Knife and the TRS this year.
Depends which you prefer to emphasize - more surfy or more stable?
Both are quite stable rides, but the higher rocker in the middle of the TRS is noticeable versus the Hot Knife, making it more surfy.
I prefer more surfy so I bought the TRS (Horsepower).
That helps a bit. I do like something more stable, but I didn't find the TRS overly surfy (in the few runs I had while demoing it) so maybe it would be a nice change from my camber board. Would you recommend the Horsepower version of TRS (if so why)?
If you like the feel of camber over rocker and want mild magnetraction, you might want to check out Rossignol's offerings. It will get you all of those things and a sintered base at a much lower price point. Also, worth looking at Smokin. Price on their boards is between the two for the same features and plenty of camber/rocker profile options. No shops sell them in WA though.
Or if you're in Seattle and want a lightly used 154 TRS from last year (before it went from C2 to XC2, so, less rockery), PM me. Mine is collecting dust.
Which Rossignol boards should I look at? It sounds like their "Freestyle" rocker/camber profile is closest to what I want, but I only saw the Jibsaw Magtek that seems to have all of those features (mild magnetraction and that camber profile).
Also, is the C2 actually less rocker? I see that XC2 is shorter rocker/longer camber, but it says the rocker is "aggressive". I guess I thought the XC2 had more of a "camber emphasis" than the C2 shape.