If I could give these a six-star rating, I would. If you're looking for skis to cruise the local golf course, trek far into the BC, and charge the steep 'n' deep at the resort, you'd probably think you'd need separate pairs for each of those. You'd be wrong--look no farther than the Karhu Guide. Their flex is on the soft side, so they don't have the greatest hard snow performance, but when it comes right down to it, they'll do just about whatever you ask them to. Mount them with serious tele bindings (or go AT with 'em, if that's your thing)--I highly doubt traditional three-pins could power these (but don't overcompensate and put R8s on them, either). Pair them with the plastic boot of your choice--2-buckle or 4, whatever. I have TeleBulldogs on mine and wear EnerGs, and that setup works great--touring, telemarking through pow, or paralleling the firmer stuff. They climb well--I've been able to go pretty much straight up stuff that would be blue trail material at the resort. The notch in the tail makes them skin-friendly, in case you want to climb even steeper stuff (which would be totally legit on these--don't sell them short!). These skis are quite capable of meeting all your downhill AND cross-country needs (unless you're racing or are just crazy good or something)--bringing whole new meaning to the term quiver-of-one.