By now have I have about 10 days in on these skis and my admiration is starting to grow. At 67mm under foot, a 165 length, and 11m radius, you would think that this is a pretty dedicated short turn ski. Not so. What continues to surprise me is how well these things ski under almost any conditions. You wouldn't think that a race stock slalom ski could be a quiver of one, but for me this thing is pretty darn close.
Of course the skis will snap quick short radius turns down the fall line. But they are also almost bomb-proof stable at about 35 mph in nice large radius arcs. Not quite GS speeds, but pretty close. I took it down some concrete tank trap frozen and refrozen bumps (a little like race course ruts), these skis just ate them up with a spoon. Best ski I have ever been on for that type of bump. Great in softer snow as well, it doesn't have to be icy for these things to do their tricks, the train just keeps a rollin'. And on the steeps you can just pick up the tails, these things are so short and precise that you can jump from turn to turn if you want.
And then, the biggest surprise of all, was the performance in six inches of fresh. Not very floaty, but they did just fine. With the shorter length and stiffness they are easy to control, you know where you are at all the time. In light pow you just get kind of a balanced stance, sit back a little, and rock them back and forth. No problem! The one issue is that you have to watch out with the narrow waist, since it is easy to roll these over in soft snow if you are not careful.
One additional caveat, for best performance you need to keep them tuned. Do so, and you will be richly rewarded. While I will continue to test, I continue to be amazed at how versatile these things are for me. I never would have thought it.