Pros: very versatile, light without being easily thrown, handle everything
Cons: not the quickest through the bumps (but you know that)
I won these skis at the ESA Aspen raffle, and took some time to mount them up (indecisive about bindings). I think I need some more days on the Coombas to know for sure (and in the steep and deep!) but here is my initial impression after about 3-4 days, mostly on soft late season but not very deep conditions. Had some new snow one of the days. Skis are mounted at the manufacturer's recommended point with Marker Barons, skied with my Flexons. Me: 5'8", 129lbs, level 8, fairly fit. I haven't had a chance to tour on them yet (I have hardly been BC at all this season ), but anticipate resetting the bindings for my Lowa Strukturas when I do. (The Barons appear to be pretty easy to switch back and forth for this.) The Coombas have a nice notch cut in the tail and no rear upturning of the tail to optimize skin fit, but do not have a hole in the tip for rigging an emergency sled. [Other skis in the quiver: Atomic Snoop Daddys ('07 model with the 88mm waist, 163cm), Atomic T:mx (167cm, Fritchi Freerides, primary BC ski), '03 Fischer RC4 Worldcup SC (155cm)]
I LOVE these skis! They seem to be about the same flex pattern as my Snoops- considerably softer than my previous skis (R:ex's in 167), which I found I truly prefer. They still plow through any kind of crud, but torsionally have edge hold that I only felt on the Atomics previously. They are longer than my Snoops (both measured and "long for their size") but ski really easily. Certainly not as quick edge to edge as the Snoops, which I think are the most versatile skis I have ever been on, but were still terrific on the groomed, soaked up the crud, tolerably effective in bumps (that may be saying a lot, considering I am not much of a bump skier). Very stable, yet livelier than I thought for a fatso. This could be a great every day ski as well as a powder ski for out here in CO. I could really see skiing these most days unless the conditions are hard snow. A great choice for me.