I own 2009 185cm ARv's in ontario & BC 180 lbs.... the ski does everything..pow, fresh, crud, skier chop, slough, hardpack... except use a race ski for a course and ice - they work better. Works in the park , a bit wide for the pipe but stable on landings... Has enough float but the binding mount has a lot to do with it. Big mtn mount is -7 as on the ski topsheet. This gives u a great pow & all mtn. U lose deep pow float with each cm u move fwd and get better park & switch riding. Griffons.
My pal at 135 lbs ski pro has 175cm ARV's quote "this ski does everything".... -4.5 mount Griffons
I understand that Armada stiffened the ARV by 9% ? for 2009. So maybe it's not as soft as it used to be. I wouldn't say it is a soft ski but it is certainly playful and fun and can absorb. Depending on your weight, athleticism and aggressiveness this ski can show some different character to different riders. For muscle & strength skier who wants a very stiff board go elsewhere. If u want to go to the park occaisonally - great it has bigger edges, but it has a faster base and a lighter core that may not be as strong as park specific skis. It always becomes a compromise. Best that I found....
Don't know Line Prophet100.
I have the ARV's and theyre a really fun ski, super playful for butters and anything around the mountain, theyre good on rails with theyre width. I skied them in about 1.5 feet of fresh in fernie and they performed surprisingly well. A great all mountain ski.
I dont know much about the Prophet 100 but i know they would be much much stiffer with the metal plate but that would also make them more stable when skiing big mountain