Here's a more detailed description of my day.
Conditions: in the morning it was extremely windy with blowing snow, so the conditions were lousy (windblown bumps on top of ice, as it had thawed and frozen in the past week, with very limited visibility so it was hard to see the bumps and ice patches). In the afternoon the sun came out and things were better but it was still windblown ice in several spots. Not the ideal conditions to be trying out short-radius skis, but you take what you can get...
Dynastar Chrome 74, 172cm: skied three runs in the morning, two in the afternoon. This ski just felt, for lack of a better word, lifeless. The edge grip and rebound in short radius turns wasn't there. But it felt comfortable with a variety of turn sizes and shapes. This felt like a great ski for groomers when out skiing with my kids and don't want to ski aggressively.
They didn't have a Chrome 74 Pro to demo, but it is supposed to be substantially stiffer.
Atomic Redster Edge SL 164: skied three runs mid-day. Great ski for short-radius turns, but did not feel good in longer turns (but the radius is 11.7!). Liked it, but it felt limited and not versatile enough. It was not a ski I wanted to have out on yesterday's conditions.
Volkl Racetiger SC Uvo, tested in 170: felt like a short-radius Kendo. Great edge grip, great responsiveness and rebound in the turn, but not at all skittish or high-strung like a slalom ski (for which my point of reference are the Redster Edge SL and the Salomon X-Race). I took them through a few runs of very short turns, and a couple of GS runs. Very versatile, smooth skiing, but very comfortable if I wanted to try to ski fast short-radius turns. It did not feel like I was "locked in" to a specific turn shape, as you noted earlier about shorter-radius skis.
And I think now I know what people say when they talk about the Volkl feel - as I said, there was definitely a similarity between the feel of the Kendo and this one. They did not have the Code L you recommended, only the Code Uvo, which the guy didn't recommend based on the feedback I had given him.
We discussed at length whether I should try either one of the more race-oriented Volkls or Dynastars, but based on the feedback on the Atomic I decided to pass.
Finally, I took my Kendos back out at the end of the day and had a couple of great runs. They were great for breaking through the windblown bumps. Still my favorite skis and my go-to ski.
Thanks to everyone for the helpful suggestions and feedback. I am now negotiating the price on the 165!