Not a big mountain board but killer all-mountain touring ski
I will preface this review by saying that I haven't skied a ski like this for years. First off I was really drawn to the Drift by the features 100 under foot, great sidecut, early rise tips, light and stiff thanks to use of carbon in the construction. Seriously these will hold their own on any groomed/hard slope, and are certainly adequate for powder. Here is my problem, I am used to fatter skis with less sidecut and apparently I still prefer fatter and less sidecut. These felt really hooky in variable terrain. I am not used to this as my alpine pow skis have tapered tips (Aramada JJ's, ARG's). Then there is the mounting point factor. The factory rec. mounting point is 10cm back from center, all my alpine skis range from 5-7cm back. This is what I think was really throwing me off in really technical jump turn like chutes. The soft tips grab and drive you back onto what I would consider really stiff tails. I basically felt thrown into the backseat on every turn, so I had to adjust my style a bit. All in all these are great skis if you are shooting for a light weight one ski touring quiver. I will say that they carve really nicely. On the groomer they were snappy edge to edge and didn't feel like they have a speed limit. I however think I will be considering the BD Zealot as a replacement, a bit wider, less side-cut, and I don't mide hauling an extra pound or two around if it means more stoke on the down. I would definitely consider mounting them a bit farther forward if you aren't used to "traditional" mounting points.