i've been riding for a long time and rode a btx board for the first time last year. Only time i noticed the mag was on icy traverses and skating around. where extra grip was a nice benifit. felt like a normal edge on most snow conditions. no real adjustment time, no washing out. Only negitive it is a bit grabby and catches tracks when skating flats. thats on a 165 so i imagine it is less of an issue with a shorter board with less edge.