just a note next year Armada will have both an Alpha 1 and 2 - shown in EUrope already PC remains hte same. I agree with the comments above the PC (traditional skis) stability at speed on groomers vs Alphas or any rockered ski....
google poor translation -
Alpha 1 (84 mm pad, 14 m radius) is an online ski inverted rib with a rocker on the front and rear of the ski. No, this is not a big fat since it is intended primarily for use trail / all mountain. The little brother, Alpha 2, only differs in the composition of the sole (graphite for Alpha 1) and weight (lighter kernel on the Alpha 1). More rigid than pure freestyle, Alpha should allow a very good development track at the edge of performance, and a fairly good stability in powder or trafolle.
New 2010 Armada line French video
L'Alpha 1 (84 mm au patin, 14 m de rayon) est un ski en ligne de côtes inversés avec un rocker à l'avant et à l'arrière du ski. Non, ce n'est pas un gros fat puisqu'il se destine avant tout à une utilisation piste/all mountain. Le petit frère, l'Alpha 2, ne diffère que par la composition de la semelle (graphite pour l'Alpha 1) et le poids (noyau plus léger sur le Alpha 1). Plus rigide qu'un pur freestyle, l'Alpha doit permettre une très bonne évolution sur piste à la limite de la performance, ainsi qu'une assez bonne stabilité en poudreuse ou trafolle
I ride alphas and I have never had any problems moving at high speeds. I have been skiing park with them (rails included) for around 30 days now and they still hold a pretty good edge on groomers. I had them mounted at true center but I had a pullout and now have them at -2.5, but I didnt notice a real difference at all. They are awesome for big airs and the elf shoe design really helps with getting hung up on lips, it isn't just hype. Things like 270 ons or hucked spins feel much more natural on the alphas than they did on my PEs.
I normally ski the east so I dont know too much about powder, but I took my alphas out to vail this winter and it didnt feel like the rocker helped too much in the pow. It is a real light rocker so I don't think it makes much difference.
Hope this helps
I have tried both of these skis extensively, so i know more or less what im talking about.
They are completely different skis. The pipecleaner is pretty soft whereas the alpha one is very stiff. It took me a couple days to get used to the A1s but i am enjoying them more and more.
I am now a total fan of the alpha one, and it does exactly what i want it to do. I am more of a jump person so i really enjoy the stabliitly off jumps. Also the rocker helps me no catch my tips on the take offs. In a regular ski that is this stiff, buttering would be very difficult but the rocker does help this, although it still takes some effort to butter. Same with pop, they arent the most poppy skis, but the rocker helps this.
Dont get me wrong, the pipe cleaner is an amazing ski, but i like my skis a little bit stiffer.
Ill break it down as follows:
Jumps: Alpha 1
Rails: Alpha 1 (lower swing wieght, harder to catch tips)
Playfulness (buttering): PC