me: 6' 170 level 8 and learning.
Skied these for the first time today up at the boat in 6-8" of pow, broken soft. Not super light blower but dry and a little sticky.
blizz's have a long run with a low rise tip and tail. 98 underfoot. Softish flex but torsionally stiff. Light ski.
I had them center with Griff's. this ski is a bit of a conundrum, because it doesn't have a lot of rise, it skis much ike a traditional ski but has enough rocker to easily pivot and turn. If you ski trees soft bumps and want a "tweener" ski for tracked out days, left overs and some fresh this ski is made for just this kind of terrain. Its fun, energetic, snappy and quick, does not feel like 98 at all. It rails just fine on soft groomers as well and is suprisingly stable at decent speed. you can ski it just like a traditional ski and I did not notice any tip flap in the soft and loose snow on the groomed. Soft bumps are super easy, its soft enough to absorb well and the rocker makes it super easy to turn. Just a fun ski and so easy to ski. We skied in some really fun jibby terrain with a lot of small hits rock outcrops and such, I loved these for this, lot of fun for small 5' drops and they were very stable. (one was not anticipated..) Skiing chop, broken crud of about boot high piles it railed, plenty stable.
The 177 seems short but it was fine, I would love to have it touch longer but I felt it was enough underfoot and due to its quckness and fun factor in the trees and bumps, it was great. Compared to the S3 its a bit stiffer and skis longer. The S3 may be a bit more jibby as it has more rise to it but overall I think The One is more versitile.