Originally Posted by skier219
Well, they are good skis, but not remotely carvers in my opinion. Their strength, to me, was that they could readily be pointed into tight spaces with a clean turn initiation and followed up with a smooth skid of the tail to finish the turn and provide speed control. Just the kind of thing needed in tight spaces. But they are not precise or energetic as carvers at all in my experience, nor did I expect them to be.
After my day on them and everyone's comments, I think the bottom line with these skis is that they really are somewhat unique. As pointed out by davluri in Post #18, they have a dual construction and pintail sidecut that makes them unlike anything I have ever skied. I initiate from the front and roll my weight back to the tails through the turn, which made me acutely aware of the abrupt change in charateristics, particularly in a hard carve. Those who really like this ski probably ski with a more upright centered style, which in my mind is a more modern technique, and the MRs appear to have been made specifically for them.
Based on the number of fans I am sure the MRs are good skis, but for me the goal has always been to find skis that fit my style and allow me the maximum relaxation throughout the turn in all conditions and terrain. The MRs just required too much concentration for me to make them work, and even then they didn't work all that well for me. It's much easier for this old dog to find a ski that fits my style rather than trying to radically change my style to fit a ski's characteristics. Fortunately there are a lot of options, and this forum is a great tool for sorting them out.