I've been skiing on these for the last two and a half years. I've had them set up with a Marker F12 as touring/sidecountry ski which has worked really well. They are great in all kinds of conditions butI think they excel off piste in pow and crud. They are a little heavier than a lightweight set up but the weight is worth it for the skiing performance. I also ride them quite a lot in early season, I love hitting little booters on them and I sometimes take them through the park- they can handle it.