I demoed the Heat 76 a few weeks ago in 175. I currently am on the Progressor 8+. I did not care for the feel of the Heat 76 as it was a bit too clunky-feeling, too heavy, and too stiff. Then again, I had just come off the 8+, which is quicker and lighter. If you ski a lot of variable conditions in the East and want a bulldozer type ski, the Heat 76 might be a good option. If not, you likely would be happier on one of the Progressor's. IMO, of course.