Pros: Fast, Quick Edge to Edge, Edge Grip
Cons: Fast, Expensive, Topsheet prone to damage
I demoed these skis over Christmas in the short radius version, and frankly loved them. The price tag however, was difficult to love. Fast forward to near the end of the season and a pair of demos appeared at the local ski shop at a substantial discount and I bit. I have Volkl RTM 84s also, which I've had for the last two seasons, and while I like the ski, it's a bit of a tank, and while fast, if the edge isn't fully engaged, the tips tend to chatter a bit, so in cross overs, there are moments which get me to pull off the gas. The Codes have no such problem, and being a more traditional camber profile, albeit shallow, the Codes bite on ice better, and being stiffer, you're able to work the ski tip to tail. The edge grip is frankly amazing, and because of the narrower waist, you're able to engage edges very quickly, and they never feel like they'll ever let go. However, they release quite nicely, and the tail tends to give you a bit of a push down the hill into the next turn.
The Code are pure front side groomer skis, and anyone who tells you they're an 'all-mountain' ski, which includes Volkl, is pushing the truth a bit. I haven't had them in powder, and frankly, I doubt I ever will, and I don't get the sense that they are the late afternoon crud ski that the RTM 84s are. The rocker in the RTM 84 just rides over later afternoon crud, whereas the Codes seem to need to bust through it, so there's no great ability to slack off and ride out the end of the day.
These aren't all out race skis, and I do have a pair of slalom skis which at the end of the day would be exhausting. Instead, these skis are like a fast luxury sedan -- comfortable, but not edgy, and you can ride them all day.
Only downside beyond their priciness -- the topsheet is easily beaten up. And they're really fast. They want to go so fast that you are going to be busting all speed limits.