Pros: Fast, solid ski.
Cons: Stiffer than earlier model, not for everyone.
This years P40 is an entirely different deal than any of the previous skis in the series. This ski was built more for the racer and not quite so much for the recreational skier. This ski is stiff, there is no way around it. Unless you know how to flex your ski, stay on top of it and feel it through the turn you will not be a happy camper.
I'm a freshman on my college's race team. Stories of these skis had been shooting East from Mt Hood for months before the Volkl rep came to take orders in mid-October. I was unsure whether I wanted to order race stock through my team or normally through a store at home. The basic rule of thumb is race stock skis are always stiffer. Now for the two hundred and fifty pound guys with thighs the size of refrigerators this might be a good idea. For me however, a hundred and thirty pound girl I did not need the extra stiffness...especially on these skis.
When my non race stock ski's finally came and I was about to take my first run on them Halloween day in Mont Tremblant, Que needless to say I was a little nervous.
Heres what I found...I hated them. They were the same length as my P30's but about a hundred and fifty times stiffer. How would I be able to get into a technical GS course in these? I'd be better off with my 163 cm slalom skis! Next to me were girls on my team in identical situations cursing these skis up and down.
However we found out that you simply need to adjust the way you ski with these skis. You cannot simply lay a edge in and expect it to throw you around the turn. You need to lay the edge in and HOLD it. Keep the pressure happening through the entire turn and you are in for one hell of a ride.
So in conclusion this ski is quite obviously not for everyone. You cannot be lazy on this ski, but you will go fast! As with any new ski, you must give yourself time to adjust and eventually you may find your new best friend.