My opinion would be that the Slash is a good entry level to begin in the rc world.For back yard bashing and playing in snow and water. The Strike from what I understand is not ROAR legal for racing. And I'm not sure how though the are. The BlitZ would be my second choise of the short course trucks. They are very durable and responsive on the track. So they are very well rounded. But my #1 choise would be The Team Associated SC10 for racing. I'm a racer and I would pick that truck to be a competitive racer. I Hope this helps you with your Short Course decisions.