A brief review ensues.
First me: I’m 45 years old, weigh close to 200 and ski about 45 days a year at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Northwestern Montana. I would characterize myself as a solid advanced skier. I can ski any run on the mountain relatively well. I chose not to ski some runs due to cliff exposure or ridiculously tight trees (like 4 feet apart). I typically ski 75% off pist and 25% on pist to get back to the lift.
I am currently skiing a newish Head Kore (2017-2018) 105 in a 189cm and a 2018-2019 Blizzard Bonifid in a 187cm.
The local ski shop had free demos last week so I went in on Saturday and picked up the 188 Rustler 10's. They are 104 under foot and have a generous splayed tip and tail. There is a little camber under foot but it’s a pretty flat ski otherwise. Hand flexing they feel very even through the ski, softer than both my Bonafids and My Kore’s. The Head Kore’s are the stiffest ski have.
Sunday I skied about 6" of fresh fairly dense snow and they did well. Many skis get caught up and won’t turn in dense snow but the Rustlers did well. Monday was much better with about 2" of light and fluffy on top of the dense snow. The Rustlers were fantastic on a steep groomer run, I was able to arc out nice long GS turns and lay some nice trenches. I also got a chance for more off pist in Hell Roaring and the front side. Overall they ski off pist really well, not as good as my Kore’s because the Kores are just a bigger ski and offer more float but I wouldn’t be put out if I had the Rustlers on a pow day either. Other skis I have tried of this type have disappointed me in that they usually have an overly stiff tail and soft nose, but he Rustlers fell very well balanced. I skied them very hard a few times and the tips did not fold like the Rossignol soul 7's or or other skis I’ve tried.
What I really liked about the rustlers was the ease of skiing and how playful they felt. I was inclined to pop off of trail features and seek out little side hits while going down the runs. 10/10 would highly recommend. I feel like this would be an accessible ski to someone who was even an intermediate and wanted something to grow with. The ski is not going to hold you back.