I finally got a chance to ride this board last weekend and here's my 0.02: (this is my very first NS board so bare with me.)
-VERY LIGHT, I mean VERY LIGHT! I've ridden and owned last year's Custom and Custom X and I have to say it's prob a few ounces lighter than the Custy X. it was noticeably lighter than my friends Custom flying V.)
-LOVE the material of the top sheet, seems durable and ding-proof.
-Mid 20s, sunny, icy. (no new snow for over 2 weeks.)
-This boards got a nice mid-flex feel to it, NSs rating of 5 is dead on. The board itself is little more squirely than other RC (Reversed Camber) boards Ive owned and ridden. Whats really strange about this board is that, even though its more squirely I NEVER washed out on icy steeps. I have to admit the Vario Sidecut actually held an edge very well. (its no Magna-Traction but its pretty damn close.)
-the board/base is fast, not Custom X fast but fairly close. Turn initiations were easy, I thought it was very quick edge-to-edge and it definitely has that RC feel.
-Pop/Ollies were above average, I popped off some natural features a bit higher than usual. (then again, it could just be mental also
Since we(NW) havent received any new snow I didnt get a chance to test it in POW.(Ill report back soon as we get more snow.)
What I realized after the first ride was you HAVE to get over the squirely-ness of this board and trust your skills and what this board can do. Once I did that, the ride was amazing!!! I was bombing hills like I was racing in boarder-cross at the Xgames
haha! I feel like any intermediate to advance riders will benefit from this board because its so easy to ride and it could potentially help you progress quicker. Ill report back after a few more days on it, but so far so good!
****UPDATED REVIEW 1/4/12***
HOLY SWEET BABY JESUS!!! Da Northwest finally got dumped on after 3+ weeks of zero precip!!! We were hit with back to back double digit POW days on 12/30/11 and 12/31/11. I was gonna take out my "Cuda" for these days but I thought I would try to ride this and see if it's any good in deeeeeep POW.
WOW!!!! this thing is simply amazing!!!! it floats extremely well, turns well in deep pow, the more days I put on this the better this things feels!!!! the last time I felt this way about a snowboard was when i first stepped on the original SkateBanana... I have 2 other boards(Burton Barracuda and Libtech TRS) in my quiver and I don't think either one of them will see anymore snow this year... if you are/were a skater, you will absolutely LOVE this board!!! it is the closest thing to skating on snow. Fawkin' BADASS!!!! THANK YOU NEVER SUMMER for making this board!