I can vouch for for the odd stares in the lift lines, but while others stare at your skis, you get giddy with anticipation of your next run. I am a smaller skier (5'7, 145 lbs) so I decided to go with the 161's. I absolutely love them. I float on powder, yet carve through it as if its a freshly groomed cruiser (which I can on the Shamans :)! ) Everyone has their own preferences, but I love these skis.