you said you want something fast and fun to drive, the summit may be fun, but its not fast by any means. the savage is tougher than the emaxx and revo combined, the emaxx is tougher than the savage, the revo is tougher than the emaxx but not the savage, the savage is better, the emaxx is better, the erevo is better than them both....blah blah blah, that basically sums up what will go on in this thread, once the mass's chime in here. basically choose the truck you like the best based on what you can find on websites, reviews, etc and make the choice for yourself. Every truck brings something special to the table and every truck has short falls in different ways with different drivers. there's only one person who can answer your question and its.... you. Dont buy a truck based on what someguy in an internet forum told you. just my opinion.
This is a worthy sentiment, but is not really practical. Yes, it's important to understand that many people's opinions are worthless, but... Would you allow someone to choose the Slayer for their first short course? Or to buy a Rustler if their budget was $600?
By saying the above, you're invalidating any kind of discussion prior to purchase, which fanboys aside, is just as wrong as taking everybody's posts at face value.
The op should look for indication in responses that the respondee has understood their needs and is speaking from at least an educated perspective, if not from personal experience.
Noobie974, thanks for that. I would indeed recommend that as the best value for money RC in the world right now, let alone monster truck, but the Savage Flux is equally good. I would stay away from Traxxas, despite their waterproof-ness (new word? [&:]), but that's just a personal opinion.
The Thunder Tiger is arguably the best 1/8th monster truck out of the box on the market at the moment, and one of the cheapest too.