The Good: Affordable, easy setup no need to change springs. Rugged enough.
The Bad: Dated graphics, confusing segment as this shock has features that cross over to the gold (1 step above) and the XC (1 step below)
I'm not gonna kid myself. I like to be real. Sure a 5-800 dollar or more shock has lots of bragging points, looks cool and makes other riders think you are a highly skilled rider (and you just might be) Just like those 150.00 Nikes aren't going to make me run any faster I will just run in style right? Honestly, those high end shocks are above my skill level and I doubt they would make me a better rider (IMO) and plus I could not afford them anyway. In any-case I think they would look lame on my no name trail rig for what it is worth.
However if you are like me and, If you want a good affordable and reliable shock the Recon Silver solo air 29er might be your best bang for your buck. It weighs a little over 4 lbs and can be setup to 120mm (not recommended by Rockshox) It is relatively stiff at the 100 mm setting and can be aired up to compensate for your weight or riding style or both. If you are a weekend warrior check this thing out you will not regret it. Unless you are looking for bells and whistles or are a pro racer.