so i took this board to whitefish. well first of all, i should note that this is my first "real" board so everything would probably be awesome. But this board performed much better than my expectations, I could turn much sharper than i was ever able to (even on a sprained ankle), and it held its edge perfectly in ice. felt very stable at speed, and loved the way it reacted in powder/deeper snow. As for the base, it was as fast as I expected reading comments online. No problem whatsoever clearing traverses, and this is probably the first time it felt like I was accelerating from a stop on a very, very flat area. but then again, new board. However, judging from friends, i felt my base was faster.
As for the shiny top sheet, I'm still slightly worried because it looks damageable. The nose has a small nick from lift lines, and the sticker's peeling off abit, so I'm glad it's not a $500 board.
Regarding the board wanting to pull in tight, I think I have felt that. When going down, it's not usually a problem, but there were a couple times when i was zoning out (basically not moving), then the board pulled in and i caught an edge, which doesn't usually happen. I also felt it when I was trying to clear a very flat area, the board wants to turn, and you need to consciously keep it under control. Got used to it without realizing - it was only on switch that i realized this as something different from my past board. Shouldn't be a problem if you have experience. But yes, i love the way this board turns, and i can't wait to try it out soon with a fully healed ankle.