Not worthy of a thread. Do some research on your own!
But since you went to the trouble. I have had the '08 AR6's for 2 seasons and have absolutely loved them! They are so buttery, perfect for jibs and rails.. but they are also comfortable taking over some large kickers. I ski them in PNW pow (cause I'm poor) and they actually hold up fine for a park ski.
I guess I'll be the only one that wasn't the largest of fans. The AR6 had just too much flex for me, though I am 6'5 205 lbs.
The shovel was just a bit soft. But they do hold up great, and I haven't heard of anyone else NOT loving them, so I'm the odd man out.
499 is lowest you'll get on the ar7. However, here are some of 09/10 Armadas that are great price, and nice sizing.
ive been riding AR6's since 06 and theyre hands down my favorite ski ever. its amazing everywhere, except deep pow but what do you expect. apparently the AR7 is better, which is good to hear because im gonna upgrade and at first i was scared of the semi-cap construction, but armadas are awesome so im gonna buy them still