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Yep, lots of marketing going on. But, I upgraded from 2013 to 2015 Allstar 14x25 and they are completely different boards. The 2015 is more stable and at least as and probably faster than the 2013.
The 2015 model Race 14x25 is a very interesting board. Off the bat you know this is a tippier fast board. You got a balance bobble here or there at slow speed - but once you put the hammer down - the narrow slender nose profile worked a charm. Very low drag with a very fast bow wave - easy acceleration and great glide.Compared to the 2013 model Sprint 14x25 - the Sprint had more stability but seemed harder to accelerate. All relative though - the 2013 Sprint is already very fast. Unfortunately there was no 2015 Sprint 14x23 or Allstar 14x25 to test and compare.Would have been nice to test the new Elite Touring boards but no 14' boards were on-site.The 288L volume on our 2014 Touring Carbon is just right. The extra volume in the nose helps reduce the amount of pearling DW - but it also contributes to self-steering problems. Because of the tippy pintail you can only shift back so far - so it is better to slow the board down by not accelerating hard behind bigger bumps. Overall a very quick touring shape in chop and slop and perfectly fine for DW to 25 kts - planes surprisingly easy over small bumps.
I figure I'd rather have a board that works very well in rough water and pretty well in flat water than a board that works very well in flat water and bad in rough water.