Pros: Light weight, good in powder and crud, easy turning, high speed limit, fun on packed snow
Cons: Only "good' in deep powder, not a hard ice ski
I am an expert skier, age 53, skied since 5, former ski instructor, 160 pounds, 5' 10". My son races and my wife is a former racer and we love to carve on packed powder and firmer snow. We all love the pow too, and everything in between. We ski at Big Sky most of the time including all the double black diamonds off the tram. I demoed a dozen skis and settled on this ski. My wife did too. I bought the 186cm versions and my wife has the 178cm. I have a 0 degree/ 1 degree base grind on them. This ski skis a bit short and I wanted a bit more float in powder opting for the 186 for myself. This is a ski that does it "all" fairly well. Skis wider than 90cm/waist are ankle stressful to me, like the Hell and Backs (100cm), but these were perfect. I hate skis that wobble at speed. These skis do not flinch. They are semi stiff but not like full race skis; impressive for skis made of wood and fiberglass only. The GS turns they make is more in the fall line type and do not fully arc like full race skis and are not designed for that. I often cruise groomers fast and these handle 60 mph without a problem. With the slight tip rise, they feel shorter than 186cm and turn nice and easy, especially my wife's 178, which I have skied. The 178 wiggled through the trees with ease. Super fun! When you only get new snow totals of under a foot at a time, especially just a few inches, 2-6 or so, the Steadfasts are fantastic. More pow and you might want a specialized pow ski. The Steadfast would also be a great side or back country ski with touring bindings on them. Overall a wonderful all-mountain ski that caves, smears, handles crud nicely, and is fun on light/medium powder days.