I'm curious about this too. I skied the AX and the AR back to back and when I skied back to the demo hut I told the rep the AR seemed like it had a natural turn radius that was tighter than the AX. At the time I didn't know the turn radius of either. Either will turn any turn but the AR sweet spot was a tighter turn.
What would you say the tip is like on the AR vrs the AX? The AX is quite a bit stouter than the SR series, I like that about the AX. I ski the AX as a all mountain ski more than just a carver, I do both but enjoy doing a little of everything. Also like a 2 degree side over a 3 for all mountain. Yeah I miss it on hard days carving but overall the 2 is best for me. So guess what I’m trying to say I know they bill the AR as a all mountain race ski, to me that says it more carve oriented, am I correct?Radius math usually indicates how a ski will perform, but not always. Due to the shape of the AR nose, it can respond quicker to tipping than the AX and can perform like a shorter radius ski for some skiers.
For myself, the AR is a much quicker ski. My style of skiing is very early tipping with exaggerated angles. Sometimes the AR feels like a SL for me at slower speeds, at higher speeds it acts much more in line with the longer radius indicated. I ski the 182 in the AR and the 175 in the AX. I feel like the AR is more versatile not only in conditions, but turn shapes as well.
The newer 2018/19-19/20 AX topsheet is called turtle grip. It is crazy tough. If there are chips in those, it is because the skier is a total jerry.I’ve looked online at pictures of many used (demo) AX, AR & SC. It seems that many have big chips out of the top sheet. Are people this careless or are the top sheets/edge kinda fragile?
I’ve never had an issue. But I was looking for a used sub 80mm setup and saw some online. I was just surprised by the levels of damage. I’m guessing they were used more than advertised. I’ll keep hunting for a lightly used SC or SL.If you haven't had issues I the past, you probably won't have in issue with any of those skis.
I’ve never had an issue. But I was looking for a used sub 80mm setup and saw some online. I was just surprised by the levels of damage. I’m guessing they were used more than advertised. I’ll keep hunting for a lightly used SC or SL.
Only chipping I’ve seen are on the SR series. Think it would be real hard to chip a AX probably dam near impossible. Totally different top sheet, I can see a slice but that’s normal to any ski.
^Best advice. I had a pair (still do) of old Kastle FX104's (the yellow one) - could have sworn the topsheets were made of glass. My SR95's not a single mark. 2+ years, <- i ran a file down the corner to round them off. That is probably my fault for not filing the Kastles - skied great. I like the SR95's a bit more. In fact I think I sold my extra FX104's to @JamesWith laminate skis you really want to file, grind, sand, whatever the top sheet edge to sidewall. Make it a 45 or some angle or round it. Some skis have this pre done. Race skis in general do not.
Lol, yep! Sadly, they still sit. I made a bone headed purchase on bindings and am awaiting the second part to attach them. No one wants to deal with it. Haven’t really had the snow anyway, and then I was injured,In fact I think I sold my extra FX104's to @James
a friend tested the Wrt 2021. . .
sorry to tell you that it's totally another ski. . .
not even comparable (for the worse) with the current model . . .
Thank you for reply . . .I have skied the 2021 WRT ST
The ski itself is almost identical to the current one. The only difference is that there is a carbon strip that minimizes distortion in reverse flexing meaning less chatter at high speeds. This has been a hidden tech used on a bunch of our World Cup skiers skis for the past few years.
It is likely that he tested it in a different binding set up.
When in Andermatt we tested the same ski models with multiple bindings and it is crazy how different the performance characteristics are between the plate/binding set ups.
The ski is offered with both the SRT and WRT binding. The SRT is much more forgiving and the ski is very different. Not nearly as precise or powerful, but much more playful and well behaved. With the WRT binding the ski is almost exactly the same, the difference would not be noticeable unless someone knew what they were looking for.View attachment 91144
Lindsey, you were right. I spent yesterday testing the SC and AX, and drove home with the SC. Easily the best ski out of all I've demoed this season.The Unicorn you are describing is the SC. I could go on and on with a longer reply, but the SC is what you are looking for.