today i test demo'd them at cypress mtn in west vancouver...got 20cm fresh last night, but still pretty much spring conditions 0C temps...tried on some easy groomers as well as some blues that were all hacked up by this time of day.
after a number of runs i couldn't wait to return them...sure they edged wonderfully for a rockered ski (but being spring soft snow conditions it wasn't hardpacked so anything can pretty much 'edge' well in such conditions), but i found their 'auto turn' technology just too much, way too directional. i was on a 170 (the 178 was out on the hills
if any of you kayak and use front foot pedals to shift the rudder to left and right, this is how i felt when stepping down on the rossis....imo there was no middle ground: it was hard left or hard right... couldn't vary my turns more naturally, or open her up to a more gs turn, unlike how I can vary my turn shapes on my atomic blackeyes (despite having a similar radius), or as i could when i next demo'd the head peak 90 series, which allowed me to also more freely, relaxingly, vary my turn shapes...seldom have i felt so ''locked in'' (limited is a better descriptive word) to a ski's turn shape as i did when on the E88
and so it is with skis: there is no 'right or wrong', no 'greatest' ski out there, just what works for you (hence demo demo demo)....and this one just didn't do it for me, despite having so many happy owners, which is great.
so next I will try the kastle mx88 or lx92...as well as nordica jetfuel and steadfast...maybe even the volkl kendo or bridge, or something from movement or line....that's what i love about the demo tents at whistler/blackcomb--you can demo about 4-6 ski makers for free for 1-2 hrs (sure there are a limited number of skis to demo, but..)....even better is during whistler's last wkend a number of mfg also come up and you can demo a number of skis for free, too, ie fischer, kastle, head, etc.
Edited by canali - 4/1/12 at 7:49pm