Pros: It's a great slalom race ski.
Cons: It's a great slalom race ski--heavy, narrow, stiff, short....
This is a hand-built, race-stock FIS-compliant slalom race ski. It is beautifully constructed in Italy, by one of the most-respected builders of high-performance skis in Europe.
As a slalom race ski, the Javelin stands among the finest you can buy. It is a purpose-built ski, meant to carve short-radius turns at speed on hard snow--and it does this superbly. But--especially with the heavy Vist binding and plate system on mine--it is fairly heavy. And as a narrow-waisted, typically stiff race ski, it is a demanding ski in many conditions, requiring precision and attentiveness at the least! Personally, I like heavier skis, and I have skied this ski in every possible condition except bottomless, light powder. There are easier and more forgiving skis for bumps and soft or variable snow, but if skied aggressively and attentively, these can cut it anywhere (like any good slalom race ski). But hey--that's not what they're meant for, anymore than a Forumula 1 race car is meant to go off-road. For their intended purpose, these Hart Javelins do the job spectacularly!