My bud and I rode our regular boards today in powder (Libtech T-Rice and Yes Pick Your Line). We used to think they were great in powder. Until we walked back to the snowboard rack and pulled out the Hovercrafts. Unbelievable difference. Absolutely no leg fatique with the Hovercraft and a much more enjoyable ride in pow. So if your trying to decide if it is necessary, my advise would be to pull the trigger as soon as you can. All the best!
If your visiting Sunshine Village or Lake Louise, just stick with your gameplan. If your going to Castle Mountain, Kicking Horse, Fernie or Revelstoke on a Pow Day, just spend the 399. Best investment you will EVER make. The thing is fucking golden. Just cannot say enough about the surfboard Jeremy Jones calls the Hovercraft I would call it the dreamliner, but Boeing would probably sue me.