I demo'd these skis yesterday and they rip. I live on the east coast and was fortunate enough to get a east coast powder day (6inches, lol) during which to demo them. I was blown away with these skis immediately. The metal matrix makes them ski a lot bigger than they are but doesn't damper its ability to get from edge to edge quickly. The skis floated pow on the side of the trail and in the trees without difficulty. They were snappy enough to make fast confidence inspiring turns in the trees. At the end of the afternoon the trails were all bumped up and these skis were stiff enough to charge through them without blinking. These skis seriously charged threw bumped up powder that would have thrown my old skis (salomon 1080's), ass over tea cup.