Skiis: 195 Praxis Powders mounted w/ Salomon 916's at 104.5 from tip. Please don't ask what edge bevels I use - I don't even know what that means.
Conditions: 12-14" blower turning to cut up turning to crud and some skier-compacted "hard-pack" or "packed powder" - whatever that's supposed to mean.
Review: It's like a party on my feet. In powder/3D snow there are no negatives. They will do anything a conventional ski will do, plus they will dump speed faster, change directions faster, accelerate faster and allow you to do all kinds of goofy fun stuff. Just try 'em.
Anybody who says these kind of skis are only good for super deep powder and are useless on any kind of packed-down snow has either: 1) never skied on these types of skis or 2) doesn't actually know how to ski. True - you won't be able to carve 10 billion ultra-short radius turns right under the chair to impress the two other guys in the world who think that's cool, but who cares? If you're not completely locked into your rigid hard-snow carving technique, they can actually be a lot of fun on packed snow. Sliding ass in a controlled manner is really rad. In fact, with these skis I actualy had fun in non-powder snow for the first time in well over a decade.. I wouldn't take them on true World Cup racecourse blue ice though. Then again, I wouldn't take anything on "snow" like that.