I recently upgraded to the Alias a few weeks ago from my old Rossignol board (because the brand has been very good to me) and I can say that it hasn't been a disappointment. The board design is very unique and it has a very stylish speaker in the middle and a nice powder white on the outside, in other words it is eye catching. THe board retails for close to $400, but since this is an older model (the newer ones don't look as nice in my opinion) you can grab this for just over $200 if you're lucky. As construction goes, it is top notch because it is a very fast 4.4k sintered base, and it is very "poppy" because of it's carbon + kevlar wood core. I can good amounts of air with it and it feels stable on the landings. It is mainly a freestyle board for riders who are intermediate to advanced so if you are a beginner I would start with a cheaper board to work your way up becaue this board is not the greatest for simply carving and riding. However, if you want a great looking board that has great bang for buck value, then look no further. Hurry though because this model may be replaced very soon!