patagonialukeYeah, it does depend on which year you're looking at. Last year's (17/18) were actually pretty forgiving, but still provided very good suspension. They weren't the chargiest skis because of their softer flex patterns (relative to other big-mountain chargers - they're still stiff compared to many skis that get talked about on NS). That meant that they offered a nice combo of forgiving, damp, and still pretty chargy, but I think really big or aggressive skiers might wish for a beefier ski.
The 18/19 versions are a bit stiffer and demanding, but they can be pushed a bit harder and, IMO, are more fun and poppy.
In terms of playfullness, the Wren's all have a ton of tip and (to a lesser degree) tail rocker, so they're quite easy to slash and way more playful than something like the Blizzard Cochise.
If you're not spinning or jibbing, the Wren series is great for skiing fast and hard in a pretty wide range of conditions and jumping straight off stuff.
So I'm looking at a pair from 2012 that have been very lightly used. I appreciate all the information though that really gives me an excellent idea of what to expect