ok for this being my first park ski and the last year and 3/4 ive been riding salomon shoguns as my one ski quiver so i will probably be making alot of points that might not make sense, but here goes
line stepup 2011 177cm;
these skis like to go fast, its almost lucky line didnt put a race base in these suckers or god knows what might happen. they also hold an edge really well to accompany the mach speed these boards like to roll at.
being a stiffer ski the stepups love to stomp. never has a sw 180 on a medium felt so fulfilling, and recovering a flat-light blinded 3 has never been so easy. again along with the stiffness and the double carbon ollieband these things pop, i went to gap the flat on a flat/down box, a manuver exicuted many times on the shoguns, i popped and nearly gapped the whole thing.
venturing into the trees that follow our park on 1degree slushpack snow these skis were awesome. just enough forgivness to prevent going over the handlebars and a sidecut that hooks up well for semi-tight carves, and stumbling upon a stash of 5 inches of mt washington's heaviest they held up surprisingly well against my expectations that they would blow chunks in the slop, giving me confidence for those storms that have a habit of appearing after a morning and a forecast of bluebird.
i think the patterning for the consecutively shorter lengths of vaneer cut the swing weight down so spinning is 100% on demand, and one of the funnest things to do that ive found is possible on these is to carve a sharp 90 into an alleyoop hop 270, a great way to drop in showing off.
but if you are anything less than an expert skiier these skis will seriously kick your ass.
i also reccomend de-tuning the first 8 inches of the tip and tail, reducing unwanted hookups and increasing butterability.
bottom line - if you are expert and like fast carves, big air and stomping, this is highly recommended for you, but if you are anything below expert i would strongly recommend something else, for this will not be a fun investment.