I reread this sentence and I'll have to say that this aspect surprises me the most. Purely based on written info I had expected a far more serious ski; racebred, long wheelbase, just a little tip/tail rocker, fairly heavy (2000/2100 gr. by 179/180) combined with the Augment view at stiffness. In my mind not directly a recipe for delivering "playfulness in spades." Still very curious how much playfulness is lost in the 187.As far as playfulness, I think the AM98Ti is one of the more playful 98-100's offered, the personality range of this ski is huge. Personally I gravitate to playfulness in a ski in this range and the AM delivers in spades.
Perhaps @Alexzn will shed some light?