>...and have asked my local shop to get me a pair (of the explosiv's)...
Congrats. You won't regret it - they are fine skis. They will get you down anything (and in fine style). BTW, I don't know if you follow the discussions over on powdermag.com, but if you do, you will notice that the Explosiv has achieved almost legendary status amongst that group as well, and there are a huge number of posts about people looking for a pair, where to find them, etc. etc..
In fact, if you haven't plunked down your money yet, take a look in the "ski swap section" of Powdermag.com forums
, because I seem to recall that someone had a used pr of 180 or 190 CMH topsheet Explosivs on sale for $200, and someone else was saying that skiershop.com & and TP would probably give one of the best deals around on them.
One final comment - The only negative thing I can say about them is that on hardpack they are the noisiest, clankiest ski I have ever been on. You obviously don't need any high frequency damping at all in soft snow, but just a bit of it would have been a nice amenity for the times you find yourself on hardpack. On Epic last year, some guy and I had a good laugh about selling aftermarket mufflers for them.
Tom / PM