Me 6' 2" 240+ lbs -- I've become allergic to bathroom scales... The ski was 175 long, 14m shovel, 18m tail, labelled as 16m.
The hill was groomed natural snow -- hero snow -- in the morning. No real ice except fo the steeper sections and in between piles at the end of the day.
The first two runs was on an easy Blue. The first two runs were nothing short of stunning -- in a weird way.
The Fischer was so easy to ski, I though I was cheating -- seriously...... remaining centered, balanced, initiating and releasing turns was trivial.... who says you can't buy a turn? But I'm getting carried away....
The reviews say that the ski likes long turns. Sure it does. OTOH, I found it to be an incredibly versatile ski. This was immediately obvious -- the reviewers must have been lazy.
The 14m shovel initiates quickly. If you want a tighter turn, stay forwards. Now here is the good part. If you want to release the turn, just move your feet ahead a couple inches, or when lazy, just allow the skis to get a touch ahead at turn completion..... The 18m tail makes the path of the ski go straighter, while your CM crosses over instantly, since it was just being deflected by the 14m radius shovel.
Transition is clean, easy and effortless -- that's why the first runs felt like cheating.... This is the only ski that I would consider putting a 3 degree side bevel due to the ease of release and the fact that the tail will not keep you in the same turn as the shovel initiated.
The ski is softer than the full on race ski. It did not feel powerful at all. It did not feel weak. It did not feel nervous.
It did feel damp. It is very amenable to sliding turns. It is a tool that allows you to do anything you want -- it will respond to your inputs without hesitation. It does not force you into making any particular turn shape -- you can make any shape your heart desires.
The two radii also make the two-footed release or pivot slips absolutely trivial.
The edge grip was fine, it would be improved by my own tune - there were some nicks on these edges. I tried to avoid skiing on the ice, because it was again too simple to ski on edge, instead, I looked for the pushed up snow on the sides of the hill to ski on.
It could ski any narrow trail, any steepness. The speed control "slash turns" at the top of the steeps were easier to make than with a race SL. I did not take it into the bumps -- I'm still to fat for that -- but due to their effortless short turns, I would bet the farm that bumps would be a heck of a lot of fun on these -- mostly because of that easy to release tail.
I honestly did not find a downside to this ski. It has no upper speed limit.
Compared to the tigershark 12ft, I would take the Fischer hands down. On edge, the tigershark wants to make the same turn over and over again. And you have to aggressively release it.
Same idea with the Volklracetiger SL, but it is even more magnified for the SL. The Volkl SL is good for about 4 runs. Then the knees will complain. If you are into banging out railed SL turns all day long, and have a healthy body -- especially knees, the volkl racetiger sl's should be considered. They are truly a one trick pony. They are actually so good at that one trick, they will force you to do that all day long.
Anyway, back to the progressor. They are excellent, non-demanding skis. They perform as asked. If you have the chops, they will work for you. If not, they won't kill you. They do dislike tail pushers. I would not call them super agile -- that is the realm of the 165 SL ski. OTOH, they are more agile than a cheater GS ski. If you want super agile, look elsewhere. If you want a versatile ski that does what you say, as opposed to makes demands of you, this could be the one.
By far they are the easiest skis to ski I have used. It is so easy it is almost boring... until you take the controls -- if you're asleep so are they. If you want to ski, they will do exactly as you say. You can ski very prettilly on these skis. You can also charge like a wild man -- and you can slow down easily without skidding...... I really had a great day on them.
A comment on their "almost boring" lack of character: The Volkl racetiger SL has a very strong character -- it wants to ski on edge. In fact, any iota of edging and the ski wants to grab and force you up on edge. Pivot slips/two footed releases? No. You need to be very precise. If not, you're in a turn, much against your will. That ski demands you ski the way it wants to run. The Fischer skis the way you want it to ski.
It may find it's way into my quiver -- so far it is number one.
To summarize: A very good solid damp forgiving ski that is very easy to ski. A confidence builder. It rewards solid movements. It does what you say, and does not complain about doing it. No upper speed limit. Slow short turns were fine too. A very versatile ski. What you may NOT like is it's apparent lack of character. But it does have character -- easy to initiate, easy to release.....
Highly recommended. A demo is definately in order. If you prefer the cheater GS, the back half of the ski is 18m. If you want to shorten it up, the front half is 14m. You've got a lot of really cool options between those two.