doitbigBlends are softer and a bit wider...otherwise very similar.
Similar isn't the word I would use. The blend is a noodle all the way through. The ARV 96 is going to have a bit more of a medium flex in the middle with softer tip and tails. Not to mention the more tapered tip/tail shape that the ARV 96 has whereas the blend is a bit more of a traditional tip/tail shape. Line skis also have more a damper feel than armadas so keep that in mind. The blend also has a more gradual rocker profile compared to the more abrupt style of rocker on the ARV 96.