Pros: Fantastic edge hold on hardpack snow and ice. Keeps me above the powder on off piste trails. Manageable at slower speeds (slow cruise)
Cons: Feel like something is missing on the top end
These skis replaced my Volkl RTM 77 because they chattered too much at speed and become unstable. For that the 81 is 'problem solved' It is a fantastic all around ski, and is ski-able at any speed. It has some forgiveness in it that allows you to cruise at slower speeds yet stiff enough to keep you comfortably stable racing down a single black diamond slopes. My only caution which is why I dropped it 1/2 of a star is if you decide to race down a double black diamond, the few times I did that (even on the harder single blacks race as fast as I could push them), I felt I reached the top-end of the performance of the ski. I was stable but it felt more like hitting your delimiter in your automobile.