Pros: * Stable
* Edge hold
* Great value!
Cons: * Narrow, stiff, too cambered for powder
* Prefer if a bit lighter (for tele turns)
I'm about 12 years late, but writing this up in case you happen upon a nice used pair like I did. If you do, get them. It'll be the best $75-$100 you've ever spent on ski equipment. These are fast, stable carving utensils with just enough shape and style that you won't appear a complete dork in the lift line. But on the mountain is where they shine. Granted, I'd be less enthused if I were a western pow-pow skier - they are not for that. What they are is a classic eastern GS ski. Utterly predictable in the turn. Precise and responsive to the tiniest changes in angulation, weighting, turning pressure, etc. The best ski I've had without a doubt.
I'm 6', 175 lbs. I've got the 188 length, which seems perfect for me. That seem's long by today's standards, but it is right in the zone for early parabolic GS models. For old timers' reference, I skied 206 slalom/210 super-G back in the day.
Did I mention I ski free-heel? Yep, it's a great tele board. I take exception to those who say they're intended for racing. Sure, they're good in the gates (as a few $2 trips down the course told me), but they also excel at fast recreational skiing under a technically competant pilot. No slouches in moderate bumps either, though use care because others have found they bend easily.
I had my choice of several used pairs from ex-racers in the Portland, ME area. All priced less than $100. Cleaned up the decks with 300-600 grit paper and they look like new. I cannot believe folks spend $600 on new skis when rocket sleds like these are out there for the taking. Cheers!