I really love this ski and plan on getting it for seasons to come. It makes getting onto rails so much easier because of how poppy they are. They are super fun to butter with, and they have a super sick graphic on them. In reality, the edge problem is not that big of a deal, if an edge were to come out from normal use, the owner will hook you up and try to get you a new pair as soon as he can. I'd highly recomend this ski to any expert skier looking for a ski that outperforms most others. Yeah, it may be a little expensive, but you get what you pay for!
This ski performs like no other. After the first day on it I was so happy that I bought them. They pop insanely well and you can get onto almost any urban rail. On jumps you can pop really well too, but they aren't so flexy that it is easy to wash out on landings. Another thing I was amazed with and love about this ski is how light it is. As long as you don't get super heavy bindings, the skis themselves are super light.
The design is just right for a park ski. One thing that is different about the ski than others is the tips and tails. They are curved up a lot more than other skis but this didn't matter at all, except if you were the person skiing behind me, then you got my rooster tail to your face :D
They may have a pretty high price tag but I really think it is worth the money. Fortitude is a small company out of Golden, CO that strives for quality products. They make the skis by hand in their factory which is why I think the skis are worth the money. It is also good to know that your skis are being made by people that really care about how they perform.
I am about 5' 10" and the 175's ended up being only up to my eyes. For me I'm going to step up the the 181's for next season.
These skis have the perfect flex for a park ski. They are almost as bendy as old Line Invaders, yet they pop back. When I rode on Invaders I never got the pop I was looking for. When you flex these skis with your hands, you notice that it flexes quite a bit, but if you let go it pops quickly back up. After one run on these skis I noticed that they popped a lot better than any other ski I have ever ridden.
They have a symmetrical design and also a symmetrical flex, so it flexes just right. They also flex just the right amount and at the right spots to butter really nicely.
I ski pretty hard, and the skis were holding up for a quite a long time. One problem that came about towards the end of the season was with the edges. After hitting rails so much they started cracking on me and coming out in a few spots. It happened to a couple other team members so we brought the issue up with Nick (the owner). He told us that he has worked to fix the problem for next years models and the remainder of the 2010 models that he has to make. Other than the edges, the ski held up really well to all of the abuse I gave it.