We shopped Tige and the Malibu VTX and I had the kids ride behind both as was suggested by those who responded to my original requests for help. No doubt the Malibu is a beautiful boat and we almost bought an 08. In my opinion though, after running the boat all summer, the X2 has a better wake. My kids board, skate and surf, and the Mastercraft showed it is versatile enough to be great at everything. Their teacher runs an 05 X-Star and told me he our boat is more versatile than his.
We LOVE our X2!!!