I was looking for a ski that could do it all. I wanted a race-ski performance anywhere on the mountain, including powder. I love skis I can point and charge on, that can handle chopped up pow, yet wont be worthless on the iciest of days or the deepest of days. The Vicik gave me that performance. I am not a large person (5'11, between 165-180 depending on my motivation) but I grew up racing on FIS regulated GS skis, so I can handle large, stiff, powerful skis. After skiing one year on the Line Opus, I knew I needed something less playful. I wanted something with meat to it, a ski that would toss me aside if I got lazy. I scoured the web for a ski that could perform under my harsh requirements. I came across the Viciks on sale, and pulled the trigger and havent looked back since.
Graphics/Topsheet Durability:Awesome graphics. Wolves kick ass. Topsheet has some chipping due to skis clacking together but nothing major.
Edge/Base Durability: Fantastic. I have hit quite a lot of rocks, stumps, and other unknown items under the snow with minimal damage. Edges could use a machine tune, but that will happen when I get a chance.
Groomer Performance: They rail on groomers. They have no speed limit. I can point these down Nosedive, Liftline, or Lookout at Stowe and never feel like I need to slow down. They have a 26.5m radius, but can be skied larger and smaller. Releasing the tail requires some work, but it can be done. They have great edge hold (with an appropriate tune) on all but the iciest of days. Like most wider skis, they require greater ankle angulation for the edges to engage. Personally, I never found that to be an issue.
Trees: These skis require work in the trees. They are stiff and like speed. The trees at Stowe are tight, but with proper balance, stance, and control the Viciks can perform quite admirably. They are not as fun as my Opus were, but I still enjoy them nevertheless.
Moguls: I would not recommend them for moguls, but they can handle the occasional mogul line surprisingly well.
Crud/crust/windbuff/variable snow: This is where these skis are BOMBER. They crush everything in their path. If they dont charge through it, they launch you off it. Tip deflection is a thing of the past on these. The early-rise keeps the skis from submarining under the crust.
Powder: Anything under 16 inches plus is perfect for these skis. If the fall line is steep, let the skis run and you will not be disappointed. The early rise and wide tip make submarining quite difficult when the snow is reasonably deep if one stays balanced. Using them for anything over 16 inches would be difficult, but hey, its a powder day, dont complain.
Touring: They are heavy, and my setup does not help (Trackers). However, they are so versatile I would have no issue using them in any touring conditions.
Overall, I love these skis. They are some of the most versatile skis I have ever come across. If I could make any changes, it would be a recommendation of a skinnier version (95ish underfoot) for early season. Not sure if the Tycoon fills this spot however.