I got a chance to demo a 180 spk at the end of april in whistler. Conditions were pretty chopped up to say the least. I really didnt like it at all. I couldnt get it to hold an edge and it really was alot of work. I think this is probably due to its minimal sidecut.
I preffered the foil and the dumont was just so much fun, but too narrow, unless you are using it for almost pure park.
the spk is the same construction as the year before and the CR pro and 1080 before that. I have a pair of the first 1080s made with that construction and like them, they are a fun and surprisingly lively for not having a wood core. I dont know much about the thruster but will guss they are very similiar to the spk. If I were you I would get the dumonts, I have heard nothing but great things about them.
i have them, they're really good but pretty specialized too. they absolutely kick ass on groom and park and pipe and bumps. they're pretty much not very good at all in the crud or the pow. kinda stiff for a park ski but not nearly as stiff as the karma for instance. altogether a fairly medium flex. because of the narrowness and the sidecut, it's very much more of a carvy and less of a smeary park ski. you can carve into jumps and then land still in an opposite carve and the edge will grip and not slide. that's my favorite part. i only ride pipe at nights so i can't say much about slushy conditions, but the icy pipe i ride is definitely where they come alive the most... so much energy and edge grip.
bottom line is that if you ride a lot of park and you like more of a lively and precise park ski and less of a smeary and slidey park ski (like how the fujative feels) then you should definitely check them out.
^that was all referring to the spk. rode the thruster once and it was fairly similar but more forgiving and less energetic. the spk skis away from you if you get in the backseat but the thruster is more forgiving.
Haha, whats with everyone and fat skis? Has anyone else besides me realized that a narrower ski is great in the park, faster edging, turning, and lighter? It has its advantages and disadvantages, the same as a fat ski....