I've used these for 3 seasons. They are super durable. They are still pretty stiff. Getting used to the camber took a little while. I just bought b-dogs. To be honest I am bummed that they dialed down the early rise in the tip and tail and made them a little more traditionally cambered. I really liked the shape of this ski. In 3 seasons I probably put 60+ days a season on these and they de-lammed a little in the tip for coming up short on rails a few times. They softened up a bit too but they were super stiff to start with. I had mine paired with FKS binding and SPK boots.
This ski is amazing, get it if you want a sick park ski and great rockered pow ski under one roof, buy the alpha one.
This ski was amazing. Spins like a dream and super lightweight. Also slides well, get them mounted 2.5cm back though, it is pretty much center on these skis. Only issue was the race base is pretty sensitive but it's worth not having to push your way down catwalks and into features. The rocker is not only sick for park but amazing in pow. First day of the season we got onto a freshly opened run, probably 2 feet of fresh and I thought I was dead since these are pretty narrow underfoot but the elf shoe tech made the ski super floaty and I felt like I was on a fat ski. Same goes for the rest of the pow days that season, this ski tears it up and you don't have to sit back at all to stay afloat. This is amazing for backcountry booters since it spins like a park ski and floats like a heavy powder ski. Super poppy in pow too which was sick. Also kills it in groomers and bumps, so this is your go to ski for anything.
Graphics are dope, rocker is so sick. Rocker in the back also makes switch in pow easier. Super light swing weight cause of AR50 sidewalls. Could 360 a tiny bump.
I got these for $450 ($600 with Peak 12 bindings) but I would pay more, up to $800. The skis pay off any amount of money.
Fit great. I'm 5'11" and got the 170
AR50 sidewalls make it stiff underfoot and very poppy and fun in the tips and tails especially. Super sick to nollie and butter with and also stiff enough to handle most big mountain.
Base is pretty sensitive but is a worthy sacrifice for the speed you get from the 'race base'. Otherwise great except that it delaminated in the tail, just put some super glue on and it was fine.
Reserving judgement for a couple months, fuck summer.
Seem good so far, but i wont really know till probably December 8th.
Personally i really like the graphics, they're nice looking without being in-your-face flashy (hellbents hehe)
I thought it was a steal, I bought them 30% off, 514.50$ INCLUDING tax, and free bindings (4FRNT padlock 11's) on d-strucuture. great store, they sent me free stickers too.
The 170cm Alpha 1's fit me perfectly (i'm 5'6). They seemed big at the start, but the more Ive hit my one backyard rail with them, the more they seem just the right size. Keep in mind the rocker makes them ride smaller than they actually are, so maybe buy them a bit bigger than you need.
Keep in mind while reading any of this, I have NOT ridden them on snow. They seem pretty stiff, should be good and stable for jumps. However, from what Ive seen/heard/read they feel a lot less stiff than they actually are, due to the tail and tip rocker.
Well they're armada so i'd guess pretty good, but again, I haven't ridden them yet.