The dogen ,IMO, is a lower end ski, it is the cheep alternative to the karma, much like the K2 fugitive is to the PE. Both the fugitive and dogen are more park pipe specific. As for the Gun, I love this ski, it is basically unchanged from last years Pocket Rocket (here in CO it is my everyday ski), but IMO back east you will be better served by the Karma or PE. As I posted in your other thread, you can't go wrong with either the PE or the Karma, if you want a great do anything ski. A 179cm PE will give you plenty of float on soft days, as will the 177 karma, both have wood cores, both are very stable on rails, and both are going to be more stable at speed on hard pack.