I was having a back and forth the other day with the Fearless Leader about skis and ski designs. As someone who learned to ski decades ago by pulling real hard, I stated that my "go to" when I'm in trouble remains to put the hammer down and just power my way out of the pass. F.L. made the comment that he feels like ski designers are going away from skis that favor hammer down skiing, and instead favor those with more technical skill. I tend to agree, and I think that is a function of both understanding the sport better and, without question, the addition of ZO.
Before ZO, I could put the hammer down and create space out of nowhere by slowing the boat. In a ZO world, when I put the hammer down I get both excessive load and excessive speed, neither of which I like very much.
So, the perfect ski is one that works when you ski right, but also gives you a margin of error when you revert to old, bad habits (whatever they may be) when you are in a pinch.