In the skis defense I was able to demo some good skis and obviously our ski preference isn't unanimous, I don't even alpine ski other than demo. But the Candide 4.0 felt especially 'dead' to me, but they do make a nice sound when you throw 'em down. They're stompy. 122mm wasn't as impressive in deep snow as you'd expect. If I were to add a Candide to my arsenal I would go with the 2 or 3. Not saying the 4 isn't a great ski for most days, just didn't fall anywhere into my line of sight. The YLE would be my pick, maybe check out the JJ and Magic J. Hope you get the goods to test whatever you choose!