I got back from Utah a week or so ago. We had some new snow, so I got the Bluehouse Maestros mounted.
The first day I skied them was at Snowbird (which hadn't gotten the snow) and there was no powder, it was pretty much frozen granular all-around. I was miserable. The Maestros edge would lock in much fiercer than my Cabrawlers ever would, and was often scared of being thrown to the ground. Plus the tails were so sticky (also grabbing the edge) I felt like they were crossed when they weren't. Very odd. This would NEVER happen on my Cabrawlers. So on such conditions, that is to say sh*tty conditions, I'd rather be on my Cabrawlers.
Next day we got out to Powder Mountain where they had a decent amount of powder and some excellent intermediate level tree skiing, namely, a trailed called North Slope. In these conditions the Maestros felt like a well worn glove.
One of the surprising aspects of the ski was how it didn't let me / it wasn't enjoyable to lean back in the powder. It seems to prefer a much more forward, balanced stance. This took a little getting used to.
Also, with decent powder coverage, the skis were very quick and agile in the bumps. Clearly, not as quick/fast as the Cabrawlers,
but with just a bit more care and effort I could get them in a relatively similar fashion.
I was expecting the skis to feel floaty, languid, soft, springy and boat like, but rather they were like quick, snappy, grippy snow shoes or paddles.
So to my surprise, despite their vast difference in appearances and characteristics, I felt that ultimately the final skingi experience wasn't that different on the two skis. That is: Yes, on icy, hard stuff, I'll take the skinny Cabrawlers, Yes, on the super powder days, I'll take the Maestros. But on the in-between days I could certainly have an equal amount of fun on both of these skis.
It's still skiing, and they are both well designed/engineered tools for the job of skiing.