to frame my comments, this is my first set of park-friendly skis and I'm coming from a pair of 04-05 apache recons
That said, I really like my 171's. They're super-responsive and super-springy, so I can load 'em into a turn and they'll push the rest of the way through on their own. They're stable at high speeds provided the snow is smooth, but they get squirrelly in crud. They're really not stiff enough for the heavy crusty wind-blown stuff either (no surprise). I've started messing around with 'em in the pipe and they're friendly enough that someone without much freestyle experience (me) doesn't make a complete ass of himself. I've already managed to put a couple of pretty serious gouges in the bases that would've been core-shots on my old recons, but Line isn't joking when they say they've beefed up the bases 'cause mine were good to go again after some quick ptex work. If you're looking for a great all-around ski then these fit the bill, especially since they're a good $200 cheaper than their competitors, just don't plan on taking 'em off-piste or anywhere with questionable snow conditions.