Posted a while back about some skis I was looking at and I've pretty much (ARV106s are still on my mind) decided on the Kartel 108, 186cm. I am a strong skier who loves big mountain, trees, steeps, drops etc. Will a recent love affair with freestyle (current park ski is the AR7 181cm)
Having chosen the K108 I want to know where you guys think I should mount it. This is going to be my everyday ripper but I want it to be solid in the park and off natty feature, I believe the recommended is -4.5 (I've also heard -5 so correct me if I'm wrong). My natural instinct is to mount them at -2.5 like the PB&J recommends for an all mountain jibber ski and from what I've read from the rest of the forum. Does anyone have any reasons to mount anywhere else, i.e recommended or -3 or wherever.
I'm also thinking of getting a custom purple topsheet. Big fan. And considering getting further custom to make it a little more flexy, I want an all mountain charger but something also buttery and playful (hence the interest in the ARV as well, price too). You can soften it with different carbon fibre or different fibreglass, what's the difference between the two? Or both? And will this make them significantly less solid as an all mountain ski. Should I just stick with the stock build?
An additional question on bindings. How much movement do Pivots offer for a change in BSL? I'm thinking of new boots and don't want to mount and get screwed if I end up with a drastically different BSL, although I might just get new liners and hope that fixes my existing boot issues.
The other binding option would be Jesters/Jester pros (red if jester pros would mke me go with regulr topsheet for colour coordination) and this gives me more flexibility.
My other option is the ARV106 as I understand it's more playful than the stock K108s, Pivots would also look better than markers on these...
My main question is where to mount K108s, the difference between customisation to increase softness of the skis, and whether this will greatly effect the day to day shredding, these will mostly be an all mountain ski but I quite enjoy something soft, and how much adjustment do Pivots offer in terms of boot sole length.
Bonus points for convincing me the ARV106s are better, I love my AR7s so staying in the AR family is tempting but it's hard to ignore the stellar reviews of ON3P and how much fun they look.
Apologies for the long post, I have read other posts but I'm nearing decision time and it's very hard to narrow down.