i havnt ridden the shane,
but i went from riding a lyman and a watson to a company board and LOVED the change, tons of fun.
I got a 142 severance after having the chance to demo a 138 and falling in love with it, and i think the severance is the most fun board ive ever ridden. tons of pop, supper soft landings, and its the most predictable 3 stage board ive ever ridden. after my dad took a set on my severance, he went out and bought the recruit in a 143, and he loves it as well. it has a little less flex then my severance, but you can still tell its a flex board, it has tons of pop as well, supper soft landings, and is very predictable, and in my oppinion, the recruit is the easiest board to ollie ive ever been on, i couldnt believe how high i was getting on it. our group of rides prefers boards that are on the loose side, so my dad started out with just the 2 outer fins in his board and left the center out, and it was still pretty locked down, so he put the fins that belong on the center of the recruit (same fins that are on the severance all the way around) on his outer fins and loved it.
both the recruit and severance are really loose while not on edge which makes them easy to butter and slide around, but when you lean it over on edge, its very locked down and is really easy to charge the wake with.
Edit: im sure you will hear this alot, but if you have the chance. you should defiantly demo, i know a few people that dont like flex at all, and know some that swear by it, its all preference
if you have any other questions, feel free to ask and ill try my best to answer
(Message edited by lfrider92 on January 27, 2010)