Ok........clearly I am off track a little about the timeliness of my review. Here goes:
Conclusions: This is a beast of a ski. At my size & wt & skill level, plus I am not running gates on a regular basis I could stick w/ the regular version. If you are a WC or FIS skier, this may be your closest ticket to getting a real deal ski. I've skied tons of stock skis, but this is on another level of muscle.
Pros: The flex is firm, but uber smooth & progressive. The edges are also a bit different ( pro & a con). These are about the thickest edges I've ever come across. So much so that they should provide years of tunes & grinds. They bite into the hill in a fierce manner that leaves little question about what this ski was intended to do. The skis also have on of the coolest top sheets in a smooth matte finish (plus version only). If you can handle the skis & want a pair that will not be shot in a single season, here you go.
Cons: My first con may appear a bit silly, yet important to me: You need a plug boot north of the 130 mark to ski these right. I got hooked up w/ Full Tilt this season & love the boots...sadly the FT's can't even flex these a hair. If you want this ski, be ready for tons of quality time in a plug. My Dobie 130s & 150s were just what this sled needed to pilot!
Edges: If you are a rec skier you will not mind so much, but it takes time to figure out all the extra bite. Not kidding in the slightest here. They lock into the snow in a way that is first "hooky". While my tune was A grade, they do ski differently. If you are a serious racer, you will prob want to pull the edges down some as that much edge is not fast. Either buff your forearms for the job or pay a quality tech to do it. They will not be optimal w/ such a large edge contact.
Tips: Blossom has chosen not to place a tip guard on the skis. Know this going in. It you straight line into the gate..... I don't know as this is not my style.
Bottom line: If you can bring your A game & are athletic enough for them, they will dig trenches around other SL skis out there.