I am getting emails asking for the off the record N1 review. So below are my current thoughts. I will try to refine this and add some other details for the official review. I reserve the right to change my mind about some this.
My review will say something like:
The N1 is a slow ski but it does not feel like a slow ski. It is not a lot of work and it makes a lot of space at the ball. I understand this is totally counter intuitive. Maybe slow is not the right word. I will think about this a lot before I write the final / official review.
The N1 requires that you have at least a semi aggressive gate. You need to generate more speed earlier than most other skis. Once you get into a pass this takes care of itself but it is critical at the gate.
Once in the pass the N1 gets plenty wide and does so easily.
The N1 seems less effected by forward and backward shifts of weight than most other skis. The N1 always turns not matter what you do. It is as if you can not screw it up.
When you get to the pass that where you start making a lot of mistakes the genius of the N1 comes out. It is supremely forgiving.
The N1 is not the ski that you generally run the most technically perfect passes on. I do not seem to be able to ski as flowing as I can on other skis. (Maybe this is setup - I will work on this when I get back on the N1) I do not know if skiers with pro level technical skills will benefit from this ski as much as skiers like myself.