Here's what I like about the BIGS. I think they have the perfect sidecut. My Pocket Rockets get squirrely at high speeds because of all the sidecut. I've heard the BIGS have extremely good edge hold on the groomed for a ski with 85mm girth, yet they straightline powder and mush with great stability. The swallow tail sinks a bit in the powder, allowing the shovel to float to the top. The ski is very rigid w/ vertical sidewalls, making it very stable at high speeds in choppy and cruddy snow. The shovel is bent up more than most skis, making is a great powder tool and actually making it ski a bit shorter than the actual length of 194cm. I'm 6'4", about 190 lbs and ski very agressively with good technique, so I have the height and weight to flex and handle them. The BIGS aren't zip line bump skis, but that's not what they were designed for - who wants to ski bumps when you can rail huge arcs at high speeds instead? I do believe they were designed by Dynastar's race department. I also heard that the BIGS are very durable because of their design... vertical sidewalls, metal top sheet, wood core, etc. Finally, they look cool - and while that's not the most important thing, it's definitely a bonus. Most skiers would probably say that cosmetic/esthetic appeal is not a consideration when perchasing a ski - I totally disagree - you have to look at how the ski meshes with your ability, style and terrain preferences, and you also have to like how they look. When I get a pair, I'll take them out on big pow days or when I really what to let 'em run. My Pocket Rockets will be for the park and pipe and playing around... Again, I appreciate any more feedback on the BIGS.