Well, that depends who you ask. Some rumors are floating around that they softened the flex on the 06/07 to facilitate park skiing a bit. I asked a guy at a ski shop in Boston (granted, not the authoritative source), and he said it was just a graphic change and that was just a rumor. They had both models in stock so I flexed them both and did not notice a difference so I went with last year's model to save some cash. And I agree, the graphic last year was way better and I love the textured topsheet. My guess is that this year's model has a thinner, less aggressive topsheet, thus making it a bit flexier, but nothing noticeable, certainly not worth an extra 100+.