The paradox for me is that I've ridden an 09 slingshot, which was too soft, but was the same board that got me hooked. I ollied in the flats and it put a smile on my face, but when I started doing some basic inverts-like rolls, I quickly noticed how much I needed to mellow my edge because of how much the flex was kicking me around. I had a short set on last years response but not enough to see if I wanted more edge control...like from maybe the newton. So, I think the issue for many is simply needing water time in a demo setting.
Go for it with a thread on it because It seems as though many are sold on the brand....I know I am....but want to make the right purchase this spring.