Nothing to worry about, the alphas holds up so great. I've had these ski's for over a month, and been skiing for almost everyday, and they are still in perfect shape. They have some minor scratches(sp?) on the top sheet. the pop is fucking awesome. Armada wrote that the racebase is easy to scratch(sp again, haha), but I found them pretty durable. i've been hitting rocks, slided on rocks, slide, all sort of things, and the bases still holded up fine, which i was pretty surprised about.
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