Pros: Responsive, good float
Cons: Not so great on groomers
I demoed these last year at Big Sky, along with the Atomic Alibi, Automatic and Bent Chetler. It was either these or Bent Chetlers and these won out because the narrower waist seemed and is a lot more versatile. It has taken me some time to get used to them because they are quite different from my Nordica Steadfasts which I've skied pretty much exclusively for the past three seasons. But my home mountain, Red Lodge Mountain, has been getting buried the last several weeks and these are all I've been skiing lately. They are really quick in the trees and provide all the float I've needed in the 8" and 14" days and in the trees where the snow is significantly deeper. They have also been very good on those days after a dump when mostly what there is is cut up and piled up snow on the ungroomed runs. These skis just plow right on through without hesitation and never once have I felt like I was being tossed around. They've also been quite responsive in the steep narrow chutes we have at RLM. I haven't skied them in really hard bumps, but they've been good in the bump runs when there's been fresh snow. It has taken me a while to get used to them on groomers and I've found that a very forward stance is what it takes to get the most out of them on groomers. They don't have the rebound of the Steadfasts but I never expected they would. I wanted a pair of skis that was more powder oriented than the Steadfasts and with more rocker and these have filled those requirements perfectly.