Pros: Made in the USA (Denver)!; Beautiful and unique topsheet design; Lightweight; Fantastic powder performance; great on hard-pack
Cons: Hard to find demo's (so just buy 'em!)
I'd make my fiance write this up, but she's not on Epicski, so I'm just going to have to do it for her.
About Liz. She's about 130 at most, 5'6, and a pretty fearless and hard-charging lady. I've been having to work REALLY hard to keep up with her on the mountain. The store was a bit apprehensive about selling her a ski in a 175 length. After the advice from some of the women here, though, we exchanged the 165's I originally got her for some 175's. How were they? PERFECT! From the stats I've read, Icelantics tend to ski short for their size (18 meter radius for the 175's), and this definitely seems to be the case. A longer length like these seem to be the way to go for her size.
At 100mm at the waist, they perform beautifully in deep powder. They may not be as wide as many dedicated powder skis, but they handle great.They're 138 at the tip, and 122 at the tail. So definitely not a wussy ski by any measure.
With it's "shortish" radius and a deep sidecut, they absolutely tear it up on groomers and hardpack. They definitely require some muscle and your usual forward lean, but when skied in good ski form, they are amazing. They also seem to turn great on the bumps.
When I was doing my research and saw this video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBkG4JmkSDk), I thought the lady might just be a bit excited and exaggerating a bit. After seeing my girl on them, and listening to her rant and rave about them, let me say that her review is spot on, and it is every bit as good as she is excited about. These things rock. You want a solid one-ski quiver for all-mountain skiing? This may very well be it.
Another nice thing to note about them is their quality. Whereas I've been disappointed in both my Salomon Lords and Volkl Gotamas when it comes to their topsheets and overall quality, her Oracles seem to be holding up MUCH better than mine. Even though it's the beginning of the season, we can already tell a difference in the durability. Not to mention, the Oracle's graphics are way more appealing in my opinion.
This all being said, my "review" is second-hand, going off of what Liz has told me, and watching her ski them. You're going to have to check them out for yourself! You will not be disappointed. To be perfectly honest, I am becoming a little jealous, and now seriously want a pair of Icelantics for myself. I love supporting American industry and artists, and it's so great to see something so great come out of Denver. Especially at a moderate retail price point.