For the record this years also has full length carbon load bars. The only thing changing next year is the sintered base. I love mine, perfect all mountain board, I prefer camber to rocker and this is and excellent camber profile.
The extruded base on this board is actually pretty fast, haven't had any issues hold speed in flat areas, and trust me on Mt. Hood there are quite a few.
May come down to price and graphics for you, you could find one of this years cheap. Also you more into Metal chicks or chicks in bathing suits with guns?