How much do you weigh? The skier's weight makes all the difference in the world in the performance of the ski, and hence, whose recommendations are most appropriate to you.
Oboe and I have something of a standing joke between us about this issue. He is down near the low end of the weight scale for adult males (~140 lbs, I think), whereas I'm well on the other side of average (210 lbs - wish the situation were reversed), so we never agree about skis (altho we agree about lots of other things - [img]smile.gif[/img] ).
In general, soft skis should be matched to lighter skiers who tend to pull fewer-G's and ski in soft snow, whereas stiffer skis are for folk with the opposite tendancies. Put differently, I might think the Intuitiv 71 is a noodle, whereas, with absolutely equal validity, Oboe might hate my Stockli SR's no matter how good of a skier each of us is.
Bottom line: This isn't hair splitting, so always give your weight and a rough idea of how you ski, and get the same info from anybody who ever offers you a review of a ski.
Tom / PM
PS - I never tried the T50's, so I can't give any personal opinion on them, altho the problems reported in this thread sure sound like a tune problem (or an unusually stiff forebody). Peter Keelty seems to like them a lot. He looks like an average wt. guy, altho I'm not sure if he personally reviewed these:http://www.techsupportforskiers.com/03skis/volkl.htm
BTW, did you notice that there are "4-star" and "5-star" versions of this ski? So are you sure you are all talking about the same ski?[ July 14, 2002, 09:24 PM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]