I put 4 days on the Sultan 85's in a 184 last year. Rippin' ski but I would also call them a bit 'tank-like' in that length. First couple of days were great on snow ranging from hard to funky. Very fast & very stable. Not great on really hard snow & more work than I wanted in big tight hard bumps. However w/ binding mount @ the boot sole mark, always felt too far forward on the ski. Might be the relatively high ramp angle on bindings &/or boots, but had to try hard to stay centered to even heel pressured to get the tails to finish. Then came a deep snow day. IMO these are not a good ski for anything over about 12". Too stiff for anything but gs blasting, and went twice over the handlebars. Might have been pilot error, but have been skiing powder seemingly ok for decades.
The 85's might have been better in some aspects for me in a 178 except for the soft snow issues. Exchanged them for Sultan 94's in 178. MUCH better fit for me. A smidge softer, much better float. Interestingly, better bite too. Nimble, a soft snow/tight trees/bumps slayer, rock solid @ speed in crud, and solid enough @ speed on hardpack. The boot midsole mark is located farther back on the ski vs. the 84, I think because the sidecut at the tip starts back farther. The mid mark on the 94's lets me ski ball-of-foot to centered and still keep the turn finish intact better than on the 85's.
So cstreu, I wouldn't shy away from the Sultan 94's because you were luke warm on the 85's. I find the 94's to be just right for me in all conditions experienced so far and those conditions vary widely.
Mine are the black '11 model. Hardly perceptible tip rise with loads of camber. I've checked out the '12 on the rack; haven't skied it. Seems like pretty weird tip rocker thing going on though. Slowly close the bases together and they close, close, close, boink! Oh. There's the rocker. Instead of a smooth gradual upturn, there seems to be a distinct bend or hinge point about 15" back. I can't see how this would be a good thing. You might look for a deal on last year's black ones, since they already turn & float great w/out the rocker.
Me? 5'10", 190 lbs., 55 yrs., skiing for 40, strong but infrequent all-mountain skier.
Hope this helps.