I have to agree with what you said about the Speed Cross. It is a fun ski, but with the X-Scream, Axis X and others hanging around, there are better to be had. I thought, after skiing it last year, that it was the closest thing to a X-Scream Series that I had skied, but still not as "well rounded." Too bad that true expert skis like the Powertrac die, while the Cross receives such accolades. Oh well. Just one more reason to try before you buy.