Hi and thanks for your enquiry about the new Punisher's.
I too have been a huge fan of the old Punisher and still rate it as one of the most genuinely versatile skis ever made (the new 2013 Head Oblivion is a very good substitute for it, almost identical in both shape and performance).
Anyway, the new one. Well I'm 58, our younger son Ben 29 and ex racer Jakey 22. In March on the SIGB ski test we all were somewhat taken aback by the really radical change in design, so much so we seriously questioned the thinking behind the adoption of the Punisher name for such a dramatically different looking ski.
Five minutes on it and we could all see why they had done it. Much wider underfoot, massive rockers, a little softer yet still a stunningly versatile all mountain ski, great fun on piste, huge fun off, magical through the trees. Yes, if you are a keen park skier you'd be crazy not to go for the Tom Wallisch version of the Jib, (which also rides well on piste and is ok off); if all you do is back country freeride then the Venture, Pure or Mega Dozer; but if you are never quite sure what you day is going to bring then it would have to be the Punisher for me and although from vastly different skiing backgrounds for both Ben and Jakey as well.
The shaping is so radical that the dimensions and turn radius seem somewhat irrelevant, it's how they actually ski in practice that matters and these are awesome.
For a more detailed description of how they perform, do give me, or particularly Jakey a call at the shop on 01603 716655 we'll be delighted to pass on our experiences whilst skiing them. Ben and Jakey "disappeared" for over an hour with these underfoot and rather threw the day's testing schedule; says it all really.
Hope this helps.
John and Team at Snowfit