thanks for so many replies so quickly!
i understand that if it feels right, i should just go and buy it. but as a junkie for new tech and anything novel, i love doing my research first. plus, this season i realized in ~7 years since i started snowboarding, i have not bought a single burton product ONCE (hard and soft goods included). superfluous, but something that apparently enough people find interesting given how monstrously big the company is.
plus, i was brought up anti-burton so i think i have a natural inclination towards other brands anyway
(don't want to start a flame war here; they make good products).
anyway, back on-topic. regarding the dark series, is the MTX on it as noticeable as the rider's choice? i know mervin boards all have it but to different degrees. i didn't like the feel of it when i carved, but i agree that it also felt like i can rail my turns more easily on it, possibly because it feels like unless you do so, the MTX just locks you in too much.
as for bindings, i do like my flows for charging because i think the cable system does work in edge-to-edge response.