Overall this is an awesome fun, snappy, solid park shredding ski. Skis very stable both switch and regular and stomps landings. Swing weight is extremely low due to the AR50 construction and it gives you what you need. The sidewall underfoot makes for a nice durable platform where you are hitting rails and the capped construction up top makes the ski really easy to swing around.
Best ski that I have ever ridden, do not hesitate to buy it!
This ski has outperformed any ski that I have owned previously. It skis the entire park extremely well. I find that the very low swing weight allows me to really bring the ski around at times that I need to be able to. This ski even held up for me outside the park on some high speed carving. I have the ski mounted in the center and I find that it rides switch very nicely compared to the Alpha 2 that I rode on last year. I have found it very stable on landings, takeoffs and all mountain riding. The AR50 sidewall that is new to this ski this year really makes the ski nice and snappy while drastically reducing the weight.
The dimensions are great for park riding. I like a ski a little wider for all mountain riding but it is perfect for what it is designed to do and that is slay the park. I like a less flashy graphic and so when I first saw these I was very stoked on the graphic. Good looking ski for sure!
Worth every penny. Thats all I have to say.
I am 5' 11" and am riding the 181. The size is great for me because I love having that bigger landing platform to really stomp with. It is a very lightweight ski with a very light swing weight and I do not feel like the size is making it hard or challenging to spin on jumps, off of rails and do switch ups. I feel as if the smaller size would be a bit too soft for me because I am a fairly aggressive skier but for someone who is hitting predominately rails and is around my size the 176 would be a good fit.
The flex pattern of the ski makes for a very fun ski but still one that will hold up on bigger features. The softness of the ski in the tip and tail make it very easy to butter and press which is something that I like a lot. Underfoot the ski is fairly stiff making it solid on bigger landings. Overall I love the flex pattern because it allows me to have a fun pressy ski while still having something that can kill it on the big features.
So far this season I have ridden 21 days and the only durability issue that I have is a few edge cracks. I have ridden these skis very hard and have been extremely pleased with the durability so far.