i read it.
found it a bit more in tune with what i like to ski than SKI's guide and a step up from Skiing (which i actually liked). Didn't get around to snagging the Powder guide.
honestly, it's just a guide. if anything it should be a tool to come up with a demo list at best.
i read all the reviews knowing that my current quiver is pretty solid but also wanting to perhaps fill in the gap between 94mm and 125mm (which isn't really necessary, but what the hell).
so i used the Freeskier and Skiing guides to narrow down a list of 110-117 waisted skis to potentially demo this season.
a better question(s) to ask yourself before you let the pretty pictures and well-written verse overcome you and convince you that you need a new quiver is/are:
"what's wrong with the quiver I have right now?"
followed by "are there any skis in my quiver that i absolutely don't like anymore and if so, why and what would I want to replace them?"
it's all too easy to get stoked off the gear guides, especially when they are enthusiastic about a particular ski.
best to just drool over the pages and be content with what you go (as long as what you got gets the job done). be realistic in whether you really need a new set-up or not.
of course if you want to toss down some $$, I'm not going to stop you!
again, i'd use the guide merely as a tool to come up with some potential demo skis...focusing on ones that will fill a hole in your quiver or be a better option than something you already have.
i am planning to demo the D-Sender. But that's about it.