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IsitWinterYet17Which size? For park or all mountain? Where do you ski?
Greg_KIn the 156cm length, you are talking about the ARW(Women's line) not the ARV(Men's line). The ARW series is designed for lighter women so their flex is softer and are available in shorter lengths. In either line, they get stiffer as they widen so they improve performance outside of the park. An option for an advanced women who does want better performance all mountain would be to more up to a Men's model in the 163cm length. They all have forgiving flexes even for a women and the longer length would be more stable. Lots of people using the ARV96 or even ARV106 as a Park/All Mountain ski without issue but if Park is a priority, I'd lean towards the ARV 86 or ARV 96.
The ARV 86 and ARV 96 actually have larger than normal edge and base thickness, it's just the ARV 106 that uses "standard size" edges in order to reduce weight as not as many ARV 106 users hitting rails they assume. One of the changes to next years ARV106 is beefier edges like the other ARV I guess.
What Faction skis do you have now and what length are they?