Ski Model: Shaman '10 160/110/130 length 184
Snow Conditions Used In: fresh and deep sierra cement, sticky mush
Number of Days Used: 2
Your Ability: Advanced
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 33
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 40
Other Skis: Head Monster 72, Mojo, XRC
Your Height/Weight: 6' 185#
More thoughts on the Shaman:
Took out a friend's Shaman's recently right after a 2' dump of west coast "powder". Absolutely amazing. This ski is what the Rossignol Bandit XXX was to straight skis 10 years ago, what the Head Standard was to wood skis with screw-on edges.
Conditions were too deep and not steep enough for my "fat skis", Head Mad-Trix Mojo, 124/89/117. Visualize human snow-plow, point downhill, sink and stop. The Shaman's were a blast in these conditions. Full speed ahead, no worries about diving tips, seemingly unlimited float.
Took a couple runs to get used to them, had a squirrely feel at first, but after that have never gone so fast with confidence in powder before. Had no trouble with quick turns in the trees. By the end of the day, I was launching off cat tracks at full speed (and I usually believe that skis should remain in contact with the snow at all times) just having an epic day in what otherwise would have been strenuous and challenging skiing.
I was very pleased to find that I could maintain a forward, athletic stance on these skis in the deep snow. I very much dislike having to move aft to keep the tips up. Also, the Shaman's carve up packed snow with aplomb.
Soon the warm spring sun turned the powder into sticky wet mush. While I could force the Mojo's through it with great difficulty, the Shaman's made unskiable conditions skiable.
Conclusion: Bought a pair today.