- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I purchased these to replace the first (failed) replacement for an older pair of G3 Synapse 101w's and have taken them out in everything from 2' of chunky powder, death crust on granular, to chalk on crust (it's been a weird mid-season up here in AK). Minus the knee-destroying crust day - when no ski would have been a good ski - I have been really, really pleased! These are a little stiffer than the 2014 carbon synapse, but aren't noticeably more difficult to handle. I am in love with the tight turn radius, the edge hold on hard snow, and how playfully floaty they are! The 100 mm waist is a pretty sweet spot for a 1 ski quiver, but I did feel like 2' was about the upper limit on powder handling.
I mounted some Dynafit speed radicals (which match perfectly, by the way) and find that they are more than light enough to be driven by Scarpa F1's.
TL;DNR: G3 really delivered on a ski that cruises uphill, enjoys a good bebop through mellow terrain, and loves opening up on steep faces.
I am 5'3", ~125 lbs and purchased the 162 cm length. I was torn on whether to purchase these or the teal Elles (marketed for lighter riders), but decided that I prefer a stiffer set of planks to a "forgiving" pair. I have not regretted my purchase and I am looking forward to skiing more kinds of (hopefully better) snow in the coming months!