Xdog1 - I have infinite excuses for why I need more skis
Actually, after skiing the Volkl Outbacks in the backcountry a few days early this month I decided I needed a beefier ski for when I'm really pushing it on the downhills. Fat is better! The TMEXs are stiffer and 13mm more underfoot. Amazingly, really not that much heavier either, although I'll probably take the Volkls for the 7000 foot climb up Mt Adams in June. I really like Atomic skis too.
LeeL - Sorry to hear about your ankle, let's do it some other time though, I'm a year into this touring thing and love it, need more partners!
Afraid our tour today was canceled as the Harmony and Peak chair were both still closed at 10:00, we all decided to try again tomorrow. Fun powder day on Whistler though (Harmony opened just a bit after we all split up of course), deepest "6cm" I've seen in a long time (boot top deap in the Harmony Bowl).
I did get to try out the TMEXs today though and so far so good. It's a STIFF ski for a touring/tele ski, yet is still amazingly light. I think I'm really gonna love them, I wouldn't buy the REX for touring because you're worried the TMEX isn't enough ski, any little bit you loose in the TMEX downhill you'll make up for with the extra energy you have since you only had to drag those lighter skis uphill.
Really, my main piece of advice to anyone looking at the TMEX would be to realize that it's A LOT of ski, especially compared to the other tele/touring specific skis I've skied. I would think it would be a lot of ski to try to drive with a tele binding.