yeah been thinking about a highlife at those prices... what size are you riding and what weight are you?
I ride a 158 10-11 Highlife. I weight 170-175lbs and am 6ft.
I spend a lot of time in the trees so I like to stay short. At that length it turns on a dime. Its still plenty stable and the speed is impressive. Seriously fast board. It carves beautifully (almost as well as a full camber board), but the rocker gives it a more playful feel without being intrusive. I don't like rocker between my bindings, you just can't carve as sweet IMO. Also IMO magna messes with the ability to lay down a sweet deep carve. Thats why mellow mag is getting popular.
It absorbs chatter very well but still gives you enough feed back.
At my weight this size allows me to float though at least 40cm of fresh pow. If the pow is very light I can do deeper but if its a bit heavy thats about the limit. Thats the only time I wish I had a 161, but I do have another board in a 161 so I grab it.
The float is excellent with the rocker in the tip and if you go longer it can be a serious back country board as Jake Blauvelt showed.
Good for hitting little natural jumps and spins as well. Pretty light so you can tweak out some grabs too.
Are there better boards out there?
I'm sure there are but for the money I'd say its very hard to beat.