It really sucks that my only local board shop that allows demos AND carries CWB is over an hour and a half away. I can practically buy a board and sell it on ebay if I don't like it for less expense than the gas, wear and tear and time to go demo it.
I have read a lot about the Marius and it sounds like it will give you as much pop as the Absolute however more controlled/consistent due to the continuous rocker. It also sounds as if the landings will be softer (MAJOR criteria for my old arse). I know the rule is to demo, demo, demo... but for CWB boards and my situation, that is more of a pain then losing a few bucks if I don't like it and have to sell it (buywake gets me all my stuff in a day.