My vote for the best bang for the buck is the 00/01 Atomic Beta Ride 10.20 (the orange ones). If your technique is up to riding these in 190, there are still a few to be had at great prices.
Lucky for me, the masses were all told to avoid 190's, and they obeyed. I have 2 pair and always have at least one pair tuned perfectly. Here's how I rate them under your criteria:
Quick- 7 out of 10. Not quick edge to edge at low speed, they are much better when yer movin'.
Lively- 9 out of 10. Way more so than the 10ex. Much more reaction from edging input. Exhilarating pop into the next gouge.
Stable- 9 out of 10. Yes! They feel stable to around 60 mph, as long as they're on edge. On the other hand, they feel unstable at any speed when not edged, like all shaped skiis.
All Conditions- 7 out of 10. Fun in powder, (Isn't everything?)but dicey in the trees. Blast thru crud with confidence. Stays on top of windcrust nicely. Gouges up groomed softpack with the best. Don't know about ice, we now get midwinter conditions here till May, and the hill closes in April. So no icy spring mornings any more. No sunny afternoons, either.
Powered Hard- 9 out of 10. Now we're talkin'
Occasional Cruise- Huh? Never tried that. I'm guessing 6 out of 10.
Scream With Delight- Oh yeah, baby!!! [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
Well, folks, that's my contribution to the financially challenged. In other words, I like these skiis aaaalmost as much as oboe likes his Bandits.
Hair straight back,