i ride an 04 prodigy. great board by the way. from what i understand, and it is true, it is designed to take on sliders. the capped fins give them more structural integrity, not for saving time putting them on. you can take the fins off and still have a solid 1/2 inch fin in the center. perfect for sliders and very strong.
i use to ride an absolute plat. i think the 04 prodigy lands softer too. the board has the best release of any board i have ever ridden. perfect for beginners learning surface moves.