I just got done skiing on my new 06-07 177 Mantra's (Salomon Z12 bindings) for for the first time at DV and PCMR for 5 days, so I thought I would pile onto this thread with my 'review'...
Conditions varied from packed powder to man made (see my trip report for more details of the conditions). There was a small accumulation on the last day but no real powder to ski on. The skis handled everything the mountains could throw at them better than I could have imagined. These were the types of conditions that I was concerned with when purchasing them.
I found them very responsive at speed, especially on the groomers. I was able to make tight and wide turns with ease and never felt like the skis were holding me back in terms of speed, and I never felt out of control or unsafe. They did get a little chattery at speed on some of the very hard pack/ice conditions, it was tolerable though. They were also surprisingly fun in the bumps, it took a little adjustment in terms of style though.
While tearing up the steep groomers at PCMR, I ran into (not literally) a guy riding the same skis (who oddly was also from the bay area). We immediately started discussing the skis and ended up taking a few runs together. Our feelings about the ski were pretty similar. He was riding 177s as well (we were of similar height), he said he was previously on a 170 from last year but he sold them in favor of this years. He said he liked the 177s a lot better.
I look forward to logging more time on these skis and can't wait to take them out on a Powder day.