Originally Posted by Finndog
I've been getting time on and used to my FX84's, in a 176cm. While not "difficult" to ski, these things really come alive at speed, and smooth out snow imperfections amazingly well. At high speeds, it's like having quicksilver on your feet: it feels like a kite board/windsurfer planing at higher speeds, things just get smoother and smoother.
However, at lower, more normal speeds for most people, the ski is a bit stiff and pushes back on you a bit. I wasn't sure for a while how much I liked it - it definitely takes more work to intuitively snake them through bumps than my former ski, and that was a nice ski (Crimson Ti, 88mm). Frankly, I don't want to ski at these things upper limit all the time, it wouldn't be safe, but I'm liking them more and more. And when the snow is hard or junky and I want to keep cranking, fantastic.
What's my point? I think many skiers, if they are realistic about their ability level and speeds they actually ski, might be better served on a softer, less aggressive ski. Sierra Jim used to make that point well: the high speed crushers aren't actually the best skis for most people most of the time: versatility, ease of use, etc. are also very important. What are those skis right now? I honestly don't know, but I think reviewers would be good to point them out.
A carving note:, while they carve very well, for me they don't aggressively pull you into the turn: this is a bit of a downside in some instances, but probably helps their versatility and off-piste chops.
Pray for snow in Tahoe!