I've been riding the Highlife now for about two months and it has actually become my favorite stick in my quiver, over my Never Summer SL. Comparing NS's RC tech and the Highlife's LowPro rocker, I actually like the LowPro better. While the RC design is really fun and playful, I sometimes don't like the pivot point of the board being directly between the bindings. If you shift your weight back, the entire front half of the board comes off the ground. Granted this is also because the SL is a bit softer for bigger, harder charging lines. The LowPro on the Highlife is super stable, still a bit playful, has great float in the pow, and amazing stability in the tail for bigger landings. I can attest to both Ride's and NS's constuctuon. We all know NS boards are built like tanks and my SL is no different. I'm very happy with the durability of my Highlife as well. I had an interesting close encounter with a tree at Beaver Creek yesterday and am happy to report there was no damage.
It really comes down to which board YOU prefer; RC or LowPro. I absolutely LOVE my Highlife and don't know if I would trade it for the Premier F1.