Yea, these were my first pair of skis. I would say they are decent, especially for just beginning. They lasted for me for two years before I got new skis, and I still kinda use them for summer and urban. It does have a foam core, which is said to deteriorate over the years, however they have held up pretty well for me. They are pretty stiff, but they do have quite a bit of pop. I've noticed though that the bases scratch pretty easily, and I had a little bit of edge ripped out, but thats probably cause I've used them for more then two years.