Pros: Weight, float, price
Cons: Average edge hold, not unexpected at this weight/width
181 Voile Charger, mounted AT with tech binders
Me: 5'10" 175 lbs. Skiing Tahoe/Eastern Sierra backcountry
I've got about 30 touring days on these skis.
These skis are an excellent choice for mid winter touring in soft snow. Voile knocked it out of the park once again. They are light (just over 8 lbs for the pair in a 181) but have a backbone. Full wood core, medium-stiff flex. Nice stout tail you can rely on. The tip rocker aids in float very nicely but isn't overdone so there is still enough effective edge for hard snow. I've only had a small amount of tip dive in very deep, very light snow on low angle slopes. Get these things up to speed and they float/plane so nicely. The tail rocker is minimal but enough to make the tails easy to release in junky snow. They do like to charge wide open pow bowls as the name implies, but I found them plenty maneuverable for trees (albeit nicely spaced trees). Edge hold is average, but what can you expect from a 112 underfoot lightweight ski? I haven't had any major durability issues. Topsheets are knicked up pretty well, but this is cosmetic and can easily be fixed with a little epoxy here and there.
If I had a beef with these I'd prefer sidewalls to cap construction, but of course this would add weight. The cap is part of Voile's secret lightweight sauce.
Plus the price (about $600 new) if tough to beat. Half the price of a DPS pure.
I haven't skied them in the resort (short of a groomer run on a tour that ended at a resort). I imagine they'd get knocked around quite e bit in heavy crud given the light weight, but this is speculation. However, they're touring skis, and if you use them for this purpose I think you'll be very happy.