The only one I really feel qualified to talk about is the AR1. For a continuous board, it does have very good pop. The reason being, is it carries its width through the entire profile. So its pop is less derived from the rocker and more a function of increased surface area. On the water it is a loose skatey feel that locks in when on edge. For as wide a board, I was surprised at how much speed it carried and how that translated to landings, it is really fast on landings. Rathy rode 3 stage for years, I think you will be surprised how good it rides.
Hopefully you can try a few things and figure out what works best for you.