I haven't heard much about the 2014 after bands, but all the other ones weren't really that good. They would easily get water logged, delay, and loose most of there pop in a month or so. The TC's on the other hand are sick as hell. They are quite light for a bigger guy(175 lbs) and are soft with amazing pop. The wider waist is also very helpful for varying conditions. but overall the TC's are one of my favorite skis.