jd, Keep the questions coming I feel no pressure. I did compare the edge hold to my X-Scream Series which had very good edge hold when tuned 1/2 and 2 deg. I had compared my Scream Series to the 1s (silver and red) and felt the scream held as good or better in medium radius turns down iceburg on a firm snow (not ice) day.
Stability: When I said I couldn't be as aggressive as I wanted to it was due to a few things: It was my first day this year on skis, chair 9 was probably the best place to ski (less rocks) so there were a fair number or people on the runs and I got yelled at for skiing too fast. You could let them rip for maybe half the run but any place where the hill got steeper there were rocks. The stability I was refering to was in straight running. These skis didn't seem to swim like the X-Screams do when skied really flat. Could have been the tune (World Cup). Stability on edge was also very good.
This ski felt like it had a pretty even flex and I didn't feel that bending hinge effect that the pre-prod. model had.
The ski feels kind of heavy when you carry it and I don't know if they added extra metal to it or if its the binding. They did not feel heavy on the snow.
I think the ski does have a large sweet spot. We were told to ski the pre-prod. model slightly back which didn't feel good to me. I think the ski will work well with different techniques. I know I need more time on this ski to really scope it out.
I would not buy the pre-prod. model but some people might like it. Lack of beef, didn't hold an edge in my opinion.
For reference, where I like to ski: Grubstake, Banana Chute, Teddy Bear Chute, Paradise and Bruce's Bowls, Powder Bowl, Elbow, K-2 Face, Silver Basin, Brain Damage and Pinball, Bear Pits, Gun Tower/Niagras, Most of the North Back but I really get tired of I-5 and lower Northway. Also Lucky Shot in the morning when it's buffed and you can rip.