I haven't been able to ride this since I've just received it, but from what I can tell this board has lots of pop just by bending it. Also the core feels super thin when you pinch it. I don't remember my other boards feeling this thin. I guess it definitely reduces some weight. The description says the board is "imported." In other words, my board (and probably yours as well) was Made in Austria. Lastly, you can't choose the base colour, but the one I received was the red base. Everything has been all-around great. I got a good deal for this board on the DC shop site.