Compare the Patron and Cyclic, sure.
Head builds damp skis firstly, the Cyclic is damper than the Patron, both in feel and how the tips "vibrate". I would say the Patron tips "flap" and the Cyclic really doesn't do more than slightly "buzz". Visually I find the Patron flapping more of a distraction, but on flat run-outs it could "wander" more and possibly hook.
Cyclics have a tapered tail from the waist which makes it very quick for its size and works well on the uphill outside edge, but still had plenty of float. They also handled bottomless pow bumps this past Monday at Vail.
My Patrons have Schizos on them and at present I'm running at the recommended mount point oddly enough. My obSETheds were mounted further forward.
The Cyclics are mounted with Head Mojos at the recommended line which seems fine. I think it is more for a modern ski style mount point as it goes switch with little effort. I can live with the factory line, but the square tip makes the ski look short even thought it is not.
I would consider moving it back one or two tick marks, a 1/2 or 1 cm back from " R".
The Cyclic appears to have a slightly longer contact length as well, which is probably why it requires a bit more input at lesser speeds, but also translate to better egde grab.
Both ski powder well and in trees give you the confidence to keep charging.
I love Head, so it must be a sheet metal thang. Hey, Helldarados they got it, Patrons don't, same blank.
Both will travel to Utah for a true test comparison as some cat, heli and resort skiing are in order.
I'll do the Patrons in the cat and heli skiing and the Cyclics for all other variable conditions at the resorts.