performs great all over the mountain. i've had these boots for three seasons, and they're just great. comfortable (especially if i'm leaning enough of my weight forward in my boots, as i'm supposed to!!) -- so comfortable that sometimes i don't even unbuckle them at lunch! they also provide a great deal of control. if and when i upgrade to a new pair, i'll definitely consider getting a new model of the Banshee. sounds like they've already made some improvements since i bought mine...maybe i'll demo a new model next time i'm on the slopes... only drawback is that they're very expensive, but luckily they're durable so they last a long time! worth the investment, i think.