Very good everyday ski. You can take it in the park for a few runs, or charge pow lines in open bowls, then ski pow in tight trees. If you'll be skiing everywhere for the day, and don't want to swap from park to pow skis or vise versa, then these will be perfect. They can do it all.
I think that since they were a little bit stiffer, it helped them hold up in the trees and such. The ski is basically an all around ski, and matches that description pretty well. I skied everywhere with these, although I tried to stay off rails so as not to damage the edges. I found that in the really deep (waist) snow, I had to lean back some to move through, in part due to the low water content of the snow, so basically everyone had that problem that day. Later on when the snow thickened up, they floated pretty well. Being an East Coaster, I'm not used to that feeling, so for what it's worth from my opinion, they worked pretty well. They chop through crud like an axe would, especially if you're an aggressive skier. Long after the Snowbird storm, they would charge through the chop very smoothly. On jumps they are a little bit heavy, although they spun pretty wellI mounted at about -3. I would reccommend somewhere around there for mounting, because although the ski isn't symmetrical, it gives you more variability for all mountain skiing.
I love the yellow graphics. It makes them stand out from other skis and the snow itself. Very entertaining to look at. The clear topsheet through which you can see the wood core is pretty sick too.
The topsheet has a sort of grainy feel to it, and I liked that texture as well. I haven't seen any signs of delaming, although in places where the topsheet has encountered rocks pieces of plastic stick up a little bit, but they aren't even all the way through. Most of these were from the previous owner.
I payed $275 shipped for them on NS with one mount, and I say they are very worth that price. As for retail, they originally went for 700 or so, but right now on evogear.com they are about 300, which is a damn good price for a new ski, especially this one.
I am very pleased with the size I got. Being 5'11, I was a little hesitant about buying 185, but they fit me very well. The extra size didn't affect them at all besides adding a little bit more weight to the ski. Treeskiing was surprisingly easy on them, given their size. I ski trees better on these then I do on my 171 park skis.
I would say that it probably has more of a stiffer flex, like 60% stiffness I guess. I bought them so that they'd be big on me, and they are, which makes them a little bit harder for me to flex. They also have pretty thick sidewalls, which would affect that as well. Buttering and messing around isn't very much fun on them because they don't flex really well, but when you ski fast, they are GREAT! I think that since they were a little bit stiffer, it helped them hold up in the trees and such.
Like I said in design, the previous owner gave the topsheets a slight working, but overall they are still in top condition. The bases have withstood rocks and and landings, which is always a plus. The sidewalls have held up very nicely as well.