If anyone cares. I did demo the Substance. Fist thing I noticed was that it was not near as loose as the Litmus. Going edge to edge it really locked in and stayed, versus the Litmus where you can wobble around in choppy water if you don't concentrate on your edge. I rode it with the center fin. Forgot to ride without the center fin. Remembered when I was already in the water for my third set and decided to just get up and ride. Not wanting to get back on the boat and remove fins.
The pop was immediately noticable. Much more air, and into the flats. I am not very good so heelside w2w will be how I judge the board. Although I like the board and I get a little more air. I actually like the way the Litmus rides. And just today, I really concentrated on body position, edging, and rope position. I got just as much air most of the time. Before it was like a one in five occassion.
Before I spend 300+ on a new board. I am going to work on my technique and fundamentals. I can still get progress out of the board that I have.
Same thing with my bindings. I have 2003 LF EXO's. And they are yellow. What is funny is the fact that everyone that I ride with, complain about thier feet hurting. I can't even tell I have anything on my feet. I might even buy another pair. $60 new on e-bay.
Don't get me wrong. I am not saying that the newer boots are not nice. I almost bought some new Ultras. I bought a new rope and handle intead.
I think that I will wait until I outgrow my current setup before I spend money on a new one. If I ever do.