Pros: Good edge grip, fun carver, competent off-piste including bumps
Cons: Likely to be too soft for a heavier power skier
I skied the 2010 Crimson for one day in Spring conditions in New Zealand: level 8, 5'8", 158lb. I skied the 171 which is 1cm less than my head height. In summary - a versitile, fun, forgiving ride on and off piste, including bumps, with good torsional stability and a softish even flex. Would suit aspiring advanced skiers through to light/average build experts, especially those who are happy to sacrifice some power for versatility in the bumps. The 171 was perfect for me - a more piste oriented skier could go a little shorter if needed and a heavier off-piste skier should look to go a little longer.
Early morning runs were refrozen corduroy and a few patches of smooth and hard (but not glassy) ice. Was skiing with my son at this point so didn't get to push the velocity envelope fully. Edge grip was faultless. Only moderate energy was needed to bend a clean carve and edge to edge quickness cruising the access trails was suprisingly good, and a lot of fun. At the same time the ski responded well to being stomped on with some more force - by no means a rocket-ship racy type of ski but willing to carve a turn on the shorter side of medium radius with reasonable energy back to repay your input. On a fall-line glide there was a faintly perceptible chatter from the tips ahead of the contact point but this was not distracting and (just like the 'adaptive camber' advertising I suppose) went away instantly when rolled on to edge. Rest of the day spent off piste - perfect spring conditions: soft but not slush. It felt like the ski was built for these conditions and equally happy at all gradients and in a variety of turn shapes - but definitely likes to carve. Soft-to-firm transitions out of wind-blown powder in tight steep chutes were no problem thanks to the relatively soft shovel flex. The ski was torsionally stable but I did feel that I was beginning to overpower the ski when opening up for some more powerful carves across the hill at the fan at the bottom of the chutes in heavy spring crud. The velocity was actually plenty enough for my liking at that gradient but I think a heavier build skier or someone who craves more power will need to look elsewhere. Finally, the bumps: by the third run in soft black-gradient bumps the 88mm underfoot had ceased to be any consideration at all - the even flex was terrific in the conditions and had me looking for maximum velocity. A hard zipper line might be a different prospect, but am guessing that technique rather than equipment will be the limiting factor for most.