^yeah, the Spats are definitely NOT a burly/open 'em up on the faces kind of ski.
but for a quick turning, fast pivoting, easy to scrub speed in the trees soft snow ski they RULE!
as Spindrift said, demoing some of these, other than the Pontoon and Icelantics, is pretty tough. i think they have some Goodes at Squaw Valley Sport Shop next to the tram. But good luck trying Spats (since they're long out of production) or Praxis (since they're limited production) unless you have a buddy willing to give up a few runs for your consideration.
all of this said, a lot of it boils down to technique and ability. I think the Spat is a forgiving ski that opens up a whole new arena of terrain even for an intermediate. like i said earlier, I spent a day at Sugarbowl on Spats following the vapor trails of an older gent (he coulda been my dad) who was rocking rebuilt knees and O.G. Explosivs. He said I was doing fine, but I was getting winded keeping up with him. We were both ripping the same lines, just different skis and styles. He was legs together old school and I was legs apart, back seat driving and scrubbing.
it all boils down to what you want and you already seem to know that: burly, open 'em up, which means that something like the Goat or others of that ilk will be to your liking.
good luck man!