Ah, on the east then eh...? The Seth holds its own outside of deep powder. ehhm, it gets to soft and floppy when the shit hits the fan on the mank and just crappy moguled out snow. its fine, goes over things decently, does so much better in soft snow, hard snow...its a bitch. i dunno, i wish it was stiffer, and longer, but since your on the East, i dunno what to say. holds an edge just fine, basically its a good ski. nothing spectacular, definitly not bad. just a good ski.
i bought it without demoing it, based on reviews from people, and from what i heard, it charged and chewed up things blah blah blah, "its a true big mountain ripper" but it wasnt. it does chew things up, handles great in soft snow, but it dosnt charge the way it should.
i have only been on the ARV briefly, but i enjoyed the 195 more than the 179 pistol. but really, you would enjoy the Seth, its a good ski. both are very well proven and all, just for my type of skiing, its a little off. turns very well actually, so tree skiing i imagine would be ideal for them. big tip, nice sidecut.
the ARV seems to just soak up lots of things. people talk about it being so soft, and it is, but its hard to notice most of the time. especially in a longer length, it seems to work things out nicely.
more thinsg to look into.
-188 or 178 Jp/Julien
-atomic Pimp(very good, and promising for next year too)
theres others, but those are some off the top of my head
RIP Doug Coombs