My brother and I both ski on them...but the model from 2 yrs ago, the first issue of black and gold. My understanding is that my brother's 175's are identical to the current model, but mine, 185's, still with the old VAS plate on the topsheet, are a little stiffer than the new ones.
The 175's are definitely a finesse ski. They are a very soft ski, extremely easy to bend. The edge grip is actually fantastic for such a soft ski. I used them for a night of training and not once did I feel like I needed more grip. In the arc, the best way to describe these skis is glued to the snow, like skiing on soft, grippy, energetic slabs of rubber, if you can imagine what I'm saying. They just engage in the turn and hold onto thier arc, and can be bent without limits. The only lack on these skis is fore/aft stability. Being so soft, when shot backseat, it is hard to recover and usually results in some air at the transition.
The 185's are quite a bit stiffer than the 175's. It seems that they have much more to return, in terms of acceleration and stability. While the acceleration on the 175's can be described as a "kick" at the end of the turn, on these, it's more like someone is punching the throttle throughout the arc. With the stiffness, you lose that infinite feeling of bendability, but they do turn enough for any GS course. Both skis are very light during the edge switch, easy to throw around. They do not feel bulky like a Head. Grip and stability are very nice on these skis. They definitely push back.