With a massive 146mm shovel and girthy 115mm waist, there's plenty to love about the V8. These have been my primary powder ski here in the Wasatch (80% of my skiing is in the backcountry) since it came out. Clearly, these are a solid pair of powder skis, but I've definitely been impressed with how they handle themselves when conditions turn variable.
The wide shovel almost shoots you up and out of turns, making them a great hippy pow ski, but they also have a decent amount of backbone to arc more open turns if you're feeling a bit more aggro. They hold an edge well and pretty maneuverable in tight trees, which is especially nice when you're confronted with a brushy exit—in fact, it's made going back to a flat-tailed ski kinda tough. All in all, the V8 is a solid pow ski.