May be that this topic has been hashed out enough but I'll throw my .02 in anyway
Well, have to admit before I start that I was prepared to really dislike this ski. Had demo'd the Scream Series (nothin' personal Gonzo, I just didn't like that ski) and expected to feel the same about the Pilot. Was therefore quite shocked at just how well this ski worked. Skied it in cut up and packed powder after an 8" spring snow at Copper Mtn. Managed to also find a few short sections of freshies as well. General comments: a perfect instructors ski - no matter what you want to do on the groomed, the ski will carve for you. Want to make short turns at slow speeds? It's great. Want to pick up the speed a bit? No problem. Want to go long on the turn shape? It'll take you there.
The ski felt very damp (good vibration absorbtion) under foot. The flex seems rather soft, but in combination with the damp qualities, it hugged the snow and tracked quite well. Despite the feeling that the tip was rather soft, the ski did not feel unstable carving long GS styles turns at higher speeds, and the tip did not get deflected off course when bashing through the crud.
Surprisingly to me, the skis worst performance was in the powder. For a wide waisted ski, the ski didn't have the necessary float and the soft flex made the ski very difficult to keep on track. When I tried to turn the ski wouldn't come with me or would suddenly 'grab' and turn far more than I wanted. I would not want to venture off-piste with this ski.
Bump performace was also very good and I don't like bumps, so a ski that makes me feel good in the bumps is doing a good job.
I can't say if the integrated binding really makes this the good ski that it is or not. I didn't notice any great difference between my regular G31's or the P40 Platinums that I was skiing that day as well. For me, as nice as this ski is, it's too expensive to be a "second" pair amd not versatile enough to be my primary ski.
Oh, BTW, I don't remember the exact length I demo'd, but it was the next longest length below 190 - 186 maybe?<FONT size="1">
PS. Like every shaped ski I've been on, this ski does NOT like to be skied flat - try to lay it flat on a long schuss and the ski gets squirrely. Got to give it some edge.
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