But I've also looked into the Neversummer SL-R
which is very tempting.
I realize that if I go for the channel boards I'm going to need new bindings but I was already going to buy new ones anyway.(Riding some old flows I grabbed off of a buddy)
Just so you know for future reference. Apparently you can wear "normal" bindings on the channel you'd just be putting the screws on the inside on the base plate rather than the outside.
Or something along the lines of that. I saw some sort of burton video that explains this.
They do recommend you get and EST binding but you can wear baseplate bindings too.