gave the board a run through today. not many trails were open, but experienced 10" of fresh stuff and the snow was still falling. this board rips!!! it flexes enough to still be a playful (for a freeride board) and very maneuverable, and forgiving with the RC tech. when i really wanted to step on the gas and push some speed the board is very smooth and damp. no edge chatter, absorbs vibrations really well and inspires confidence in my riding. coming from a traditional camber board, i was worried about losing some pop, but that wasn't the case at all. quick edge-to-edge and came out of turns with lots of power. i've heard the vario-grip works well on the ice, but i can't say much for that just yet...time will tell.
only flaw was it felt a little catchy on the hard packed straights. i can almost guarantee this is because i didn't have a chance to tune/detune the edges. i'm running it straight out of the box with a 0 degree base 0 degree side bevel. once i go to my standard 1 degree base 2 degree side and detune the edges, it should ride even better. i'll keep everybody informed.