When I first purchased my 188 Weapons they immediately felt like a comfortable pair of shoes. Now that I have had them for a few months I think I have become a better person. I have skied couloirs, powder, hard and soft snow and enjoyed every moment. They are very easy to control in all conditions and I love the flex which provides excellent POP between turns. The Weapons look big but due to their light weight climbing is enjoyable while ski touring. I also like the graphics with the lovable wide eyed aliens staring up at me and on my next pair maybe I will get custom graphics with a Lofoten design.