Huh. And I on the other hand am sick of hearing about the Black Pearls. They are extremely popular and touted by many women on The Ski Diva. I'm sure they're great, but I am innately suspicious of anything that popular. My point being, they are not exactly a secret among women skiers.
I was skeptical too. The specs of them don't really stand out as a game-changing ski.
My sister has been a long, long time intermediate skier. Before this year, I would have called her terminal, or close to it. She grew up in Colorado, then spent a decade in Georgia skiing a few times a year. Bad habits from childhood only got reinforced 3-5 times a year that she skied.
Last year she moved back to Colorado, got about ten ski Loveland ski days in, still more of the same. She hated her existing skis (K2 Phat Luvs). She hit a demo day at Loveland nothing blew her away, but she liked (didn't love) a set of Black Pearls.
After the season, she asked me to find her a pair, and I got her a good deal on some ex-demo Black Pearls that she didn't ski until this year. I got to ski with her on her 3rd day with the skis in November.
A jaw dropping difference. The skis helped her figure it all out. She could carve groomers. She could ski moguls confidently. She could suddenly handle herself all over the mountain with skills that hadn't shown up before with beginner skis, hard snow skis, and finally the Phat Luvs.
So yeah, at least for being a ski that can open up off-piste to an intermediate, the Black Pearls seem to justify a lot of the hype.