Check out Peter Keelty (http://www.techsupportforskiers.com/
) who writes this about the BanditXXX:
"This baddest of Bandits is a big ski for big skiers on big mountains. Like the Monster, it stands among the most macho free rides available. A favorite of serious back country riders in places like Snowbird, Alta and Jackson, the 3X requires skill, strength, aggressiveness and not a little attitude. It carves surprising well in deeps or on the groomed, but it is not quick. Stability is unshakable, but at a price; commit this ski to a trajectory and it locks in like a laser. Only the most proficient of skiers can wrangle the XXX in tight spots like trees or bumps and its true purpose in life is to attack the mountain as though terrain were irrelevant. Under the right feet, it does this as well as any ski ever made. Rewards confidence and daring, the XXX penalizes caution or relaxation."
The Atomic TENEX might do you a little better service:
"The TENEX was originally made for deep snow, but we continue to be amazed by its groomed terrain agility. In fact, during testing we found many skiers preferred it over the BetaRide 10.20 and the 11.20, both sporting dimensions 108/70/99, which seem on the surface to make them better choices for lift served off-piste skiing. However, the 10 provided superior float with relatively little sacrifice in carve-holding ability or quickness. Both of those models are better in in-bounds fall line bumps, but that's not really saying much as none of these excel in those toothy corridors. But for general all-over-the-mountain cruising and/or ripping, the 10 EX is near the top of our list. One tester described it as "an all mountain GS." As a bonus (although Atomic probably doesn't see it this way), the 10 is one of only three models offered by Atomic that will accommodate any binding without major modification."