Pros: Edge hold, versatile, fairly forgiving for a high end ski.
Cons: In a 175cm in excels at medium to short turns, it gets a little squirrley in long high speed turns due to perhaps the rocker shovel?
Last season I had the regular motive in a 182cm and found it to be okay as a general ski, but kind of lacking on ice/hard snow and it performed better in long turns vs short turns. I ski on hard snow 90% of the season so if I am not on my slalom or GS ski I still look for good edge hold as a priority in selecting a ski. I spoke to a Fischer dealer and he suggested that I try the C-line version of the motive 80 as it has carbon layers added for increased torsional rigidity and it is a beefier version of the standard motive with an adjustable binding. I have skied 2 days on this ski, once on hard snow/boiler plate and once on 35Degree spring like soft snow and the ski performed beautifully in both conditions. On hard snow the ski eases into turns very nicely and allows me to snap off good short turns with ease. In small bumps( that's all we have had so far), the rocker shovel allows you to roll up and over or turn in the troughs with equal ease. In the soft snow/crud the ski plowed through nicely and I did not get bucked around the crud like I normally would on my slalom ski. Overall This is a much better version for me for the conditions I typically ski than the standard version and I highly recommend it for a good versatile all mountain ski. I will be curious to see how it is in the trees once we have enough snow.