Me: 58 year old level 8 skier. 5'9" 185lbs.
Skis: 2011 Rossignol S3 178 98 underfoot with moderate camber. Rockered tips and tails. Freeski2 120XL bindings mounted flat on the line.
Terrain/Conditions: Have skied them 11 days in Colorado and about the same out east. Powder (about a foot fresh maximum) untracked and cutup. Soft groomers. Soft bumps. Hard groomers. Icy groomers. Spring snow. Slush on crust. Soft snow in glades.
These skis are amazing. The only thing I can say they don't really do particularly well is float, but that could be the length to my weight ratio. They pretty much do everything well. The rocker tips make them very quick turning in spite of the turn radius of 20.5 I believe. On hard snow they drift a little if you don't make a real effort to get them on edge. They leave railroad tracks if you want or smear if you want.
Long radius high speed turns feel stable enough, not their strength, but they do it fine. They ski short on groomers. I put them base to base against my 165 Slalom skis and the running surface is shorter. Get them in soft snow and they ski a bit longer.
They power through cut up snow and crud. They perform steered and carved turns with ease, the latter requiring some focus on getting decent edge angles.
My bias for years has been for short turning carving skis. I bought these for soft snow and my western trip. After going back to my carvers for one day I have retired them for the season and am skiing the S3's only - this in Massachusetts and Vermont!
Short speed controlled turns on steep trails - no problem.
Reference maneuvers for PSIA evaluation (wedge turns, wedge christies, falling leafs, etc.) - fantastic.
Flat 360's, skiing backwards - a breeze.
Spring slush - excellent.
I love these skis. Rossi got them right. I'd never think of a 98 underfoot ski as a daily driver for the east, but for now that's what they are.