Even though the review posted is by biased sources, namely the manufacturer and team members. I found it to be quite accurate. I had a chance to use the new AllStar in the upper Salida hole this past Thursday. I used it for about an hour, then switched to my AllStar(2008-model year) for about 30 minutes, then switched back to the new AllStar for another 30 minutes.
The new version is definitely quicker, faster, lighter, and its more explosive on loops, adding about 1-2 feet to my loop height according to my boating buddy who is very familiar with my abilities. The back loop was almost automatic. Airwheels and Space Godzillas were also higher than I've ever done before. Because it is so quick to respond to not only your movements but that of the water, you need to up your reflexes to match the boat.
The biggest plus for this boat though is its comfort, which is a personal preference, made obvious by the variety of boat styles and outfitting available today. I prefer my knees higher and closer together than the older AllStar allowed, which although it was comfortable to a degree it still required me to get out after an hour or two to rest and stretch. I think this newer design will allow me to stay in it until my blood sugar level needs to be replenished.
No, I'm not a member of Team Jackson, nor am I related in anyway to any member of Team Jackson, nor do I have any business connection with any member of Team Jackson. Prior to using my current 2008 AllStar, I was a Dagger Kingpin and Ego user.
Now all I have to do is convince my wife I need another new boat one year later, any tips?