Pros: Love speed, quiet, powda, crud, and bomb-proof.
Cons: Shy away from serious frozen hardpack. Not for the faint of heart.
I'm on my second pair of 180s, I sold the first ones (the ugly brown graphics) to a backcountry skier from Edwards. I have the 07 model now, I'm pretty sure the construction is the same as the 08. Turn radius 24m, seems about right in powder. 123/91/116 for a mid-fat isn't excessive, and they are stiff, well built.I ski Vail and Summit County where deep snow and crud are the main fare. The First Bloods are almost magic, but these are not for lightwieights, I'm 6'2", 200 lbs and a 8.5 level skier, and I like a ski that goes 50 mph quietly, yet can handle powder and crud well.....backcountry conditions if you will.I have Tyrolia Railflex bindings on these, also on my first pair, and I ski...(read more)