I finally took my SL for a spin. I'm a beginner (no jumps yet but beginning to fly down the mountain). I still have not yet had a good setup for me, but the SL is the first piece of the puzzle. I still need some bindings but I borrowed my friends too big Burton Customs yesterday. Finally Big Bear Lake got some fresh snow while I was visiting, so I took the SL for a spin on some packed and ungroomed powder (not fresh though, but still 2-3 feet deep). It was fantastic. The bindings were too big, and the screws I had were a tiny bit too long so I had bindings that were jiggling after one run. Didn't matter, I still rode better than I did on my last board with tight bindings that were appropriately sized. The Sl was extremely catch free even though I should have caught a bunch of edges (the loose bindings caused me to stall on some linked turns yet the board didn't catch when it normally would). You know, when you go from toe side to heel yet at the top everything just dies. I do need to pick a binding soon but I already love this board.
I noticed how much faster it was just skating to my first lift of the day. It just glided and I was on factory wax.
I came from a stiff board, the Technine Split T, and while the SL is softer, it was probably a tiny bit more stiff than I thought it was going to be. Then again, my bindings sucked so that could be it. But it's definitely not flexible. I'm 140 now, and the board is a 151, so I think the board is sized correctly.
In any event, I'm loving the board. I was flying faster than I ever did before down the mountain, goofing around, even tried some jumps off natural features. Of course, the powder (first in a while) made me more confident because you fall into a pile of pillows, but I can already tell this board is going to be a lot of fun.