Rode these bad boys at a Kirkwood demo. 4-8" choppy powder.
The Garbones rip! They are stiff as hell and have a huge turning radius, allowing some large and fast turns when they are opened up on the groomers. In the soft snow the early rise tip does a great job of keeping you afloat and the stiffness turns choppy snow into something worth riding. They are great for high speed riding and cliff hucking but if you were planning on doing much switch on these I wouldn't recommend it; the tail upturn is small and the tails are even stiffer than the fronts!
I was riding '05 Gotama 190s earlier that day and the difference was huge. They have very similar dimensions but the Gotamas are quite a bit softer flexing (though not noodles). The Garbones will force you to charge by keeping you on the balls of your feet and giving you instant response if you lean back. Be ready to re-learn to ski a bit if you are coming off of soft-tailed skis.
Oh, and they are really light! Good candidate for a hard-charging AT setup..