MTX is legit. This board rips all over the mountain and grips hardpack and ice like no other standard edged board. There is definitely no downside to mtx edges-it's all on the up and up! This board is on the medium flex side. maybe a 6.5 or 7 on the Burton scale. I used to ride nothing but Burton 50+ days (and many of them UT pow days) but once I got the T rice with mtx, I'll never buy anything but a Lib. The downside to this board is that it is not as durable as a burton due to a softer base (which is also slow overall with fresh, proper degree wax), and the topsheet peels but generally this is only cosmetic and my board took a beating on the cirque for 1.5 seasons without coming apart as many boards have in my past. Last but not least, if you are a newer rider, mtx is much less likely to catch an edge that any snowboarder knows can be punishing when hauling $%#!!!