I just wanted to say I have owned numerous R/C vehicles in the past from all out racing trucks and buggies from AE and Losi, to 1/8 scale nitro buggies, E-Maxx, etc. and so far the Stampede 4x4 VXL is hands down the most fun R/C I have owned to date.
It is quite incredible really. 4x4, brushless, barely even 4 lbs, waterproof, super simple to operate. It was quite a shock to take the stampede out of the box and drive it even on the street. ULTRA stable. It was quite strange to be able to take full left or right turns at 25+ MPH without flipping over and under such precise control. Full speed runs are very stable and controllable. On dirt, the back end breaks loose under throttle just enough to easily powerslide through turns with minimal effort. The jumps with this thing are astoundingly flat and stable, the weight balance is perfect. The shocks and oil weights are dialed in. Traxxas was really on their "A" game when the built this thing. This thing really does remind me of a mini ATV. It is a go anywhere, do anything machine that is light weight, nimble, FAST, and in my opinion the perfect size. Not too big, not too small. Kudos to Traxxas for building this machine. I'm buying another! Just Fantastic.