First, a quick note on the distribution model. Yeah, I get it from a manufacturer to distributer standpoint, but it's kindof like the apple app store vs. google play argument. One is more controlled and gives you high quality stuff that you can trust, the other is more free and cheaper. Personally, i don't think brick and mortar ski shops are not intrinsically better. It's the people who work there and their knowledge of skiing and willingness to have some chill convos with other skiiers that adds value. That said, I've been to plenty of ski shops full of d-bag urban outfitter types playing "skiier" and selling gear at terrible prices, so my sympathy is limited.
Back to the Zag H112. They are AMAZING! My bro bought me a pair for Christmas a couple years back now, and I have been amazed that people call them a high speed ski, not because their unstable at speed (they're not) but because of how light and nimble they are in the trees and when picking my way down some steep chutes last year in Squaw. Granted, I haven't skied a ton of competitors, but I have demoed Armada TST, Blizzards, and tried out my bro's Armada Ants. Only the TST was nearly as good in tight trees or on fluffy bumps, though they were terrible trying to carve GS turns on groomers. The Ants are a beast but not very versatile (useless on groomers and a not very slarvy) and the Blizzard whatever-they're-called suck - too heavy, too damp, not fun.
My ice coast skis are Line Prophet 90s from before they were rockered, which are great, but super heavy with my solid metal Rossi Axial2 Tis. So, I use the Zags all the time and for pretty much anything other than early season east coast, I love them. They're ok on groomers for what they are too, laying down a decent carve at speed. They're decent in crud, climbing on top a little instead of bashing through everything like my Lines. Again, the rocker lets me slide the tail out in crappy conditions where I would have to use a lot more up and down motion to avoid catching something when skiing the Prophets. In deeper snow, and steeper slopes they're just plain fun, the nearly full length but mild rocker and mild shovel tip make them incredibly easy to pivot in tight places and cramped steeps, with pretty good float in pow. I ski the 190-somethings and I'm 6'3" 190lbs.
So everyone, buy Zags! This way they'll still exist as a company when I kill my current pair of H112s and need another pair.