I just bought a pair of beasts in a 177, they were the limited edition. I am an intermediate skier 185 lbs and 5' 10". I like speed and tend to ski aggressively for a few runs a day, the rest of the time I am cruising and resting my legs...
. I just skied this ski today in a variety of snow conditions. I loved it.
It was way more forgiving in the powder (I only skied it in boot deep powder, about 150 yds worth.) than on hardpack. In powder you could pressure your heels and it wouldn't complain at all. On hardpack it demanded good balance and would let me know immediately if was getting lazy. When I took it down a green and tried to do some quick turns it growled loudly, it doesn't like to be on edge at slow speeds. When I put speed on it it purred like a kitten. I thought it was a very stable ride, as long as its on edge. It is a very demanding ski but will reward good mechanics. I may use it as my everyday ski because it skis so honest. It lets you know immediately when you are off.