The El Capo does not have overly stiff tips nor tails. It is very solid underfoot and has exceptional dampening. However the 'short quick slalom-style turns on groomers' comment from Blistergear is a bit odd IMHO. I'd say the ski's natural desire is mid to long radius turns. Short turns are possible, but it would rather run and cruise through longer arcs.
While it's far to wide too be a serious contender for a hard snow or front side ski, it does hold an edge on hardpack very well (for it's width...). I use it on most soft, shallow powder or variable conditions days. I've skied it in 40cm with no ill effect but if you want a pure 'powder ski' I'd choose something wider in your preferred shape and flex pattern. I think it excels in variable conditions and chopped up powder. Or on days when the fresh powder scrapes away, revealing hard pack underneath. On a midweek resort powder day I'll take something bigger (freshies last longer, especially if the highways close!). On a weekend when it gets tracked out fast I know the El Capo will be a great choice.
I've got the 185's and don't normally wish for them to be longer. I'm sure the 193 would be fine for me as well. I'd just go faster! I'm 6'2", 240 pounds, moderately aggressive but slightly broken and busted up. The 185 El Capo is longer than my 190 Volkl Explosives.
Edit: Other skis of similar or even lesser width are superior in pure powder due to flex and or binding placement. For example, compared to other skis I've owned, the Sidestash had a long rockered tip that planed up with the greatest of ease, while the narrower Coomback didn't have much rocker but it had a smooth round flex and the tip easily found the surface.
Edited by CanmoreBruce - 11/29/15 at 6:27pm