These versatile boards are super stable, and super quick. They will manage anything and everything you throw at them; they will hold a super stable edge on the bluest ice and float over the deepest corn and crud, they are just as at home in the steeps as on the piste. But there's a but, and its a very very big BUT. The marketing team at Rossignol tell us these things are designed for the backcountry, throwing images at us of guys skiing big lines and launching off big cliffs, using words like "elite" and "for team riders", but I think the accounting team got in the way. The construction isn't up to "everything you can throw at it"...it sure as heck isn't "elite". Sure these things are awesome when they hold together - it's when they fall apart that I question things. I've managed to lose two edges from these skis now, and that doesn't fill me with confidence when I'm flying down a face so fast my helmet is trying to pull my head off (in case you're wondering, there were no rocks involved, just hard skiing on hard, icey snow). Apparently, Rossignol's aren't using enough glue when they fix the edges, and then the base, to the ski - and that's making them vulnerable. Maybe the accountants said to the designers - "to make more money, hey, let's use less glue". Or maybe the guys in the factory were just having a bad day. But anyway. And, don't expect Rossignol to stand behind their product, all my emails to Rossignol in France went unanswered. But I wasn't that surprised. uiksilver Corporation is a big company with a stock price to focus on, they don't want the hassle or distraction of sorting out a defective product and looking after a customer. Luckily Backcountry gave me a replacement pair after 4 months of me haggling them and their CEO (pity the season was over by the time I got my new pair). Thanks Backcountry. Sure you might 'reach the unexplored' on these Bandits. But you might have to walk home.