At last, one ski to take everywhere and do everything well. OK, it would not be my first choice for dropping into chest-deep powder or SC racing or clinging to sheets of near-vertical ice. But for the 99% of skiing that lives in between those extremes, this ski works wonders, railing turns on groomers, nailing jumps in the park, blasting through crud, and sailing through fresh pow. It's fairly light, nimble and forgiving, yet stiff enough to provide a commanding feel, beating similarly-shaped competition on every turn (Head Monster 88, a good ski, and the K2 Apache Outlaw, a clumsy wannabe). The only aspect that the easygoing might dislike is that, like a true Volkl, it is stiff from tip to tail; it wants a strong skier, but it will pay back forceful input with classic Volkl rebound energy. A gem of a ski!