Today was my second day on my new Icelantic Shamans and I'm in love. I bought the 161cm and had them mounted with Marker Schizo Griffon bindings. Yesterday I had the bindings set at neutral which I understand is boot center and was really just a day spent trying to get used to a much wider ski than I am used to. My other skis are Volkl Allstar Supersports, not exactly what you would call wide. When I got to Red Lodge this morning there was about 6" of fresh snow and it continued snowing all day. I reset the bindings by moving them back 1 cm. The first run felt a bit funny since I'm not used to my bindings being toward the tails but after the first run I spent my time on runs with fresh powder, mixed fresh and older piled up snow and I also made a couple of easy runs through the trees. The Shamans just blasted through the piled up snow and of course handled the powder and trees easily. These skis do not handle well at low speeds, probably because of the huge surface area, but when you turn up the speed a bit, especially on a groomer, these things really rip and you can easily leave deep trenches carving down the groomers. The 11 meter turning radius is very evident the first time you set the edges even at moderate speed on a groomer. They just sort of hurl you into the turn. The first time I nearly lost control but after experiencing it a couple of times it is a genuinely fun sensation. They don't seem to have quite as much rebound as my Volkls and certainly nothing like my wife's Atomic ST11s, but I was still able to get a bit of acceleration out of the turns. The way Red Lodge is laid out there are a couple of groomers than lead to another groomer that takes you back to the base and that is how probably 95% of all skiers get back to the base so everyone gets plenty of practice on groomers right under the chair. Combine the unique look of the Shamans with high speed GS type turns and you get plenty of attention from the people riding the chair. They're also quite a conversation starter when you ride the chair with a stranger.
In short, these skis are just plain fun. I'm still getting used to them but I expect I will do most of my skiing on them this year.