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A couple quick reviews on skis I demoed.

About me: Instructor (PSIA L1), around a "7" on the 1-9 ability scale, big guy (6'6", ~260 lbs.)
Location: Wachusett Mountain, MA
Conditions: Night, groomed slopes after snow earlier in the week.  Packed powder, small amounts of ice or chopped up snow in steeper spots.

2009-2010 Fischer Progressor 9+
175cm, 70mm waist, 18m/14m dual radius variable sidecut, high performance carving/race

In a word: Stable

I demoed the 2008-2009 model last year, and they are almost unchanged.  EXTREMELY stable skis, capable of ripping frontside GS turns at insane speeds.  Confidence-inspiring.  But you can also slow them way down without losing the responsiveness and control -- an issue I've seen with, for example, the Head SuperShape series.  I had no problems skidding or sideslipping them when I needed to; I suspect the variable radius sidecut helps them ease into turns/slips without being overly grabby, but they still have insane grip when up on edge.  If there's a downside, they are so smooth and stable that you lose some snow feel.  On my Contacts, you can feel all the little bumps and imperfections in the surface.  The Progressors just blow through them like they're not even there.

Took them in the bumps one run.  I'm terrible at bumps, but these didn't make me any worse.  In shallower bumps I was able to carve them around pretty quickly, and they held well in the icy troughs.  Not a bump-specific ski, though.

I like these a lot -- in fact, I'm probably going to replace my Dynastar Contact 10s with them at the end of the season for when I'm out skiing myself in typical Eastern conditions, and just use the (now badly beaten) Contacts for teaching.

2008-2009 (I think) Rossignol CX80 (now the "Classic 80")
180cm, 80mm waist, ~17m sidecut, high performance "all mountain" wide carver

In a (few) words: Quick, but strong

I believe I was actually on the 2008-2009 Rossignol CX80, not the new "Classic 80" model (although they look almost identical, and I believe the construction/dimensions are unchanged.)

For some reason, I didn't think this was going to be a stiff, high-performance ski -- but I started to change my mind when I went to pick them up and they weighed about as much as my Contacts.  There's some serious heft to these skis.

They're certainly grippy, and surprisingly quick for an 80mm waist.  The relatively short radius probably helps with that, as the wide shovel engages into the new turn quickly.  Very smooth.  I had no real issues getting them to hold on firm surfaces.  However, I found that these got jittery at high speeds if I wasn't right on top of them.  Even a hint of getting back caused the front of the skis to not want to hold, while the Progressors felt much more solidly glued to the snow.

I didn't take these skis into the bumps -- not enough time.  And there wasn't much soft snow or off-trail skiing for me to see how they'd perform there.