I bought a maui sails 230 -290 carbon boom about 3 months ago. it is the strongest boom I have seen. the front end is easy to use although not as stiff (plastic rather than carbon) as the pryde X9 front end (which I have also). It has the wide back end which the pryde does not. seems like many pryde guys adding custom wide back ends after purchase.
The pryde is lighter, the Maui is quite heavy due to it's heavy duty build.
I have seen a Maui with grip problems but mine & another bought at the same time are, so far, fine.
I love the Maui, use it for 11m & Pryde for 10m.