Thanks for the responses. I'm in the northeast and we have a lot of ice which I found the magne-traction to help with, so it's good to hear that the NS vario is comparable to the magne-traction.
Milo303 - I was considering a bataleon board, but wasn't sure which to get for all mountain THe Jam or the Golaith.
Incogneato - I don't hate or blame my equipment. I like my TRS MTX, but I would also like a RC/Banana board as well. I like both the NS SL and the GNU AG about the same (although I do like the graphics on the GNU a bit better), but the GNU is $150 more than the NS, and I won't pay $150 more just for graphics (hence the vario vs magne question).