I just picked up a pair of last year's 165 Speed Cross Pros (the ones w/Basalt fiber and POSSIBLY titanal--though I don't see the telltale signs of metal edges in the sidewall.) Trying to figure out whether I should keep them or exchange them for the softer Speed Cross model. Unfortunately, these don't seem popular in the US and there are very few reviews written about them online.
Anyway, I'm hoping for a lively frontside ski that has some (in-bounds) versatility to it, and can handle aggressive piloting but does not REQUIRE it at all times. I'm a 40yo, 5'4", 145lb, intermediate New England skier who needs to work on his skills after a long hiatus, but wants to have fun doing it! (I sometimes worry that adjectives such as "user friendly" can translate as "boring" on the hill, but conversely, I know "lively" can sometimes equate to exhausting or frustrating.)
If you have experience on either of these skis, please chime in. Thanks!