I was looking to add a light weight, park inspired, kinda-fat ski to my quiver for those days at the resort where you'd rather goof around than ski full throttle all day. I settled on the Sir Francis Bacon after test driving the Sick Day series and their 'cloud core'. The Bacon is remarkably light for it's size, super soft in the nose and very tip of the tail with just enough stiffness under foot to feel bouncy and solid on small and mid sized airs. I find it a bit too soft to really push it in difficult snow or to hold an edge on icy groomers, hence the 4 of 5 star review. However the Bacon excels at the edge of the trail where the snow gets pushed around into natural jumps. Hips, side-hits, rollers, wind lips, kickers...that's where you want to be with the Bacon. It feels weightless on jumps and has a pretty good pop to it. It is wide enough to feel sure footed on natural transitions and landings. The mellow rocker on the tips and tails obviously help in soft snow but also inspire you to get creative with presses and butters. That being said, the light weight construction and forgiving ride make me think that after a year or two at Snowbird, my Sir Francis Bacon is going to end up with some AT bindings on them. They would make for an ideal freeride-y touring ski. I'm 5'9" 145lbs and ski the 184cm mounted ~2cm forward of the recommended line.