Pros: Fast, great carving, easy to ski
Cons: bend in the bumps, not for the faint hearted
The P40 F1 is the 3rd set of Volkl skis I have owned. The first two were the 1997 and 1998 P30 Race Carvers which were forerunners to the current P40 F1 in the Race Carver series.
I had never skied on parabolic/shape skis before the first P30s I owned. And as a result, frankly, I WILL NEVER go back to skiing on non-shape skis again. The P30s and the newest P40 skis carve up a storm...but the P40 represents the latest, greatest effort by the speed gurus at Volkl to suck the blood from your head and blow it to your feet...no kidding!
The performance of the P40 F1 is similar to having ice skates on your feet. If you edge them, they will turn and not skid, rail or otherwise go away in a turn. Simply get up some speed, point the ski, edge it and hang on for all your worth. Before you know it, you'll be headed back UP the hill almost as fast you you were headed down the hill.
These skis can be over edged! I've made turns where my ski boots came into contact with the snow and actually booted the ski from its edge. I've made many turns with the P30s and P40 F1s and had my hips on the snow! Yes, hips on the snow, angulating like a cat dodging the bumper of a souped up Lamborgini Contach going mach 1...these skis have what it takes to hold a line in any hard pack or ice strewn run...and are absolutely heavenly on groomed trails.
Should you buy them? Well, if you like to go fast and carve turns that'll suck the blood from your head while staying in complete control, then by all means pick up a pair. If you like to ski bumps or catch maximum air then I'd shy away from these skis as my only pair...I've bent a pair of P30s on The Mach at Breckenridge skiing the zipper and the P40 F1 is constructed much the same way...so don't try too many bumps with these babies unless you want pretzels with your beer.