Pros: Flexible binding system, good edging when tipped, good in trees
Cons: Heavy, difficult to find right fore/aft position, tend to get knocked around in cut-up
My current quiver (fat to skinny): 195 Praxis Powder/Mojo 15; 190 Moment Ruby (2008-09)/Tyrolia d10 FF17; 188 PM Gear Bro midsoft blem/Dukes; 186 Fischer Big Stix 84/Tyrolia d10 FF17; 176 Fischer AMC79/FX12 Railflex; 194 Stockli Stormrider XL/912 Poweraxe.
Similar skis skied: 180-something Icelantic Shaman; 186 Moment Comi.
My first impression is that I don't know whether it's the skis or the Look PX demos mounted on them, but damn, these are heavy. Getting them out on snow, the swing weight seemed pretty hefty, so I'm pretty sure it's not just the bindings. They felt significantly more unwieldy and less willing to turn than my Praxis -- and despite the tip rocker on the Answer, more than my Rubies.
Taking them out, I noticed that they edge quite well when tipped -- not quite racer angles, but more technical input than, e.g., the Rubies. Surprisingly easy to get around on groomers for a rockered ski with a 155mm tip. But of course, that's not the reason you buy a rockered ski with a 155mm tip.
In uncut stuff, they were a joy -- particularly once I moved the mount back an inch. Before that, I noticed my quads cramping as I settled into the back seat. The rocker isn't huge, but the fact that it's tip only left me feeling unstable at the suggested mount. I never completely felt like I got the mount point dialed, though, and it might be a ski that rewards changes in technique. (To be fair, I spent my first day on the Praxis in the backseat too, so it may be more a question of pilot error and trust.)
On a busy Saturday at Northstar, though, the uncut stuff lasts about an hour if you're looking in the right place. In the cut-up that follows, I got bounced around far less than with any ski with a similar tip width I've skied (Shamans and Comis). But I still felt far less stable than on either my reverse/reverse Praxis or my conventional but wide Rubies. It may be a personal preference issue, but I think 140mm is about as wide as I like in the tip.
So what did I like? The powder performance was quite good, as was groomer performance. The in-between was the problem. And they were heavy enough that I wouldn't have wanted to hike ridges with them on my shoulder. For the right skier at the right hill, they might indeed be The Answer. I guess I just ask a different question.