I finally was able to snag a Farley 8 that was not already allocated to a customer recently. I have begun the shakedown period as I learn about it from a bunch of short rides over various terrain.
Light, nimble, predictable handling and a lot of fun to ride. The 8 has a Rockshox Bluto fork to provide even more flexibility in the platform. Cannot say enough about the Bontrager Hodag fatty tires - they are absolutely amazing on loose, muddy and rocky trails. No lie - they are that good. Stay tuned for more updates and impressions in snowy conditions.