Pros: Quick, Dynamic, Powerful, Holds an edge effortlessly, Very Maneuverable, Worth the money by a longshot.
Cons: Tails of skis are slightly harder to initiate a braking slide with, tails have a lot of grip, much like a car with stability control.
2013 ATOMIC REDSTER D2 SL (WHITE)
Firstly, let me mention I tested this ski by renting it from Skiset in Valmenier, a very lovely place to ski, beautiful weather this February 2013, alas onto the skis...
This ski is a carvers dream, it performs well in almost a full spectrum of piste conditions, anything from powdery snow to the frosty groomed snow the machines leave behind in the morning, it transfers from edge to edge effortlessly. What I liked most about this ski is the edge hold it so effortlessly gave, with most skis you can't put your weight behind them on frosty or icy snow, the kind left at the end of the day when all the nice snow has been cast adrift by the snowboarders and the 'sliding' skiers alike. You have to tiptoe ever vigilant that your skis will simply slide out, not with these skis though, they hold an edge on most of the icy snow you can find, those who have been on steep slops will know what I am talking about. To be said they are not ice skates, If you don't know how to handle yourself on varying conditions on piste don't consider this ski. But nonetheless so long as you know how to carve decently this ski will reward you tenfold. It inspires confidence in you because it holds an edge so well on so many different piste conditions.
To be said there are certain cons that intermediate buyers should beware of: Firstly, this is a carving ski, unless you know how to carve it will be slightly annoying to ski these skis as you have to put more effort into initiating a slide than with a bog-standard pair of skis, these skis are aggressive. Secondly this ski requires a fair amount of experience, this is not a beginners ski. Left to its own devices it will ski the fall line until you lean to turn it, its comparable to a car with stability control, it can brake as such but it 'wants' to go back either skiing straight or turning on an edge, which can leave those who ski 'sliding' very tired.
I'm 15 and I have around 8 years of skiing experience, I have skied at various locations in the alps, I don't BS for the sake of a favorite brand, I'm quite skilled if I dare say so, but not arrogant. I am simply good at a sport I enjoy and wish to help others enjoy it too.