This is the year to get these fatties if you've been thinking about going over to Volkls. I've been demo-ing these Gotomas for a few years and have enjoyed them in varying conditions. The new rocker that's in these 2011's is something else.It makes these the most responsive boards I've ever tried. These sticks are great in the powder and the crud, turning into real cruisers under these conditions. In the past I've skied the 176,and 183's. I bought the 186, remember that new rocker?, for more stability at speed without sacrificing manuverability, and gaining added float. Very sweet!!