They are fairly soft for a Salom race ski. The torsional stiffness is what you will notice about them. They are probably the softest sl ski (longitudinally). This feature allows the ski to be used in many different conditions. It will respond very well. They do not like skidding, so if you skid your tails dont condier the 3V, you will HATE them. The tips will draw you into the turn nicely. At first it will feel strange but once you get used to it you will be driving into all your turns and using the tips to your advantage. My first run on them felt like the tips were running away from me, but i skied the ski a little harder and they didnt feel like they were givig me a ride anymore. They are probly the best SL skis for free skiing, because of the softness of the ski, and they arent a radical shape, so you can take them in the trees and bumps. Once you spend a few days on them you wont go back to your other skis, they are a blast to ski. they excel at SL turns (obviously), but also make a pretty good GS turn by comparision to other skis out there. they dont lock into only one radius. If you have skied a few other SL skis you will notice that they like to only make short turns. The 3V's will do both very well. It is my pick for an all mountain ski here in the east.
PS. I am skiing on a regular stock Elan SLX for free skiing this season because i love the ski so much, but it is not for the faint at heart skiers out there, or for skiing rought terrain or bumps. They are very specific. I dont reccommend them for all mountain skiing... unfortunately my younger brother liked my 3V's so much that he took them for himself this season... im guessing ill have to start hiding my two pairs of SLX's so he doesnt know where they are...