D3 ARC Review - First ride

HortonHorton Posts: 23,681 Administrator
edited July 2016 in Ski Tests
I just got off the water and I have to say I think it might be the best D3 I have ever ridden. I ran a 28, a few 32s and 35s and then took some stabs at 38. On my last go I ran inside 6 ball at 38. For a first ride that is freaking really really good for me. I fully expect to ski up to my all time PB score on this ski.

The ski has some of the attributes I remember from the Quest. The ski is very stable and supportive approaching the ball. You need to remember to keep your head up and shoulders extra level going into on side.

Oooo yea and it is the fastest D3 by far. That is for sure.

19 rides to go….

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  • AndreAndre Posts: 686 Crazy Baller
    All Kidder,KD, D3 skis i had were all very user friendly out of the box.
    I thought about going for the ARC but bought a Vapor because of the hype on BOS.
    See John,your site does influence ski sales...
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  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,379
    Faster than the Helix even? That's pretty fast...
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

  • gregygregy Posts: 2,379 Mega Baller
    ARC or ARC-s?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,681 Administrator
    @gregy I have both. I am starting out on the Yellow ARC.

    I made the mistake of loaning my Blue ARC-S to my neighbor "Bad Water Bob". He told me I could have it back when I pulled it from his cold dead fingers. He claims he has ordered his own ski so I should be able to ride the S soon.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,681 Administrator
    @ozski faster and way way way way better (based on only one ride but yes I think this ski is killer)

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  • Howa1500Howa1500 Posts: 137 Baller
    @Horton I think we're going to need a video
  • JayproJaypro Posts: 102 Baller
    I demo'd the vapor and the ARC S. I wanted to like the vapor more because Brooks Wilson was such a fantastic ambassador to radar, and helped me get the demo. I will be going to ski with him this fall when it gets cold here in Vermont. That said, the ARC S was just easier to ski and i could get more balls. It was fast and stable and it comes around quicker. I am nothing special, i aspire to be a 22' off skier and am struggling with 15 off, but this newbie loved the ARC S.
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  • skibrainskibrain Posts: 865 Crazy Baller
    Thread views 478 and counting!
    There appear to be way more people riding the ARC than posting about it.
  • whitecapswhitecaps Posts: 10 Baller
    @Horton I'm on a Helix 67" now, what can I expect to gain with the ARC? Doesn't sound like there is much of learning curve with this ski. I am a 22-28 off skier,53 yo, 6'1" 180lbs. Also curious as to what length is best for me? Skiing now at 32 mph but should be at 34mph.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,681 Administrator
    @whitecaps I would say a 67 ARC-S (blue) for you. I only have one ride on an ARC but have been watching skiers on them all season. Everyone seems to be stoked with it so far. I did not love the Helix skis but the ARC seems to be a the real deal.

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  • santangelosantangelo Posts: 150 Solid Baller
    FWIW, @whitecaps, I've ridden the Helix, Q45, ARC, and ARC-S. Personally I found all these skis to be very stable, with the Helix being a bit more aggressive everywhere and sacrificing some stability. You can surely expect to gain stability with the ARC(S). It will be wider from mid front foot forward and if I recall correctly, about the same width mid front foot back, so you gain surface area up front.

    As for size, I would definitely go with the 68" ARC-S. I think this will be skiable at both speeds for a person of your size.

    The ARC(S) is a rare combination of speed and stability...not quite sure how they pulled that off but there's many skiers on it that feel comfortable on it the first set.
  • whitecapswhitecaps Posts: 10 Baller
    @Horton, @santangelo... My first post on BOS may cost me a lot of money. Something inside was hoping you'd say "stay on the Helix until your at shorter lengths", or "if you think an ARC is going to make you into a 32 off skier you are mistaken"
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,681 Administrator
    edited July 2016
    @whitecaps NO ski is going to give you 6 balls unless your current ski REALLY SUCKS. The difference between an average ski and a very good ski is a few balls and platform to build better skills on. Personally I can run a few at 38 on some real crap skis but to run 38 I need a really good ski. The delta is less than 6 balls but it is also huge. Depends on how you think about it.

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  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 573 Crazy Baller
    That's not how this place works. We're really really good at spending other people's money...
  • santangelosantangelo Posts: 150 Solid Baller
    @whitecaps, funny. Talent and dedication will make you a 32 off skier, the ARC S will just make it a little easier to get there.

    Try the Demo team, or Demo program.
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  • 303Skier303Skier Posts: 446 Solid Baller
    edited July 2016
    I'd love to ride the Arc and have heard some great things about it! I'm very familiar with D3's and demoed a Quest last year. Def remember you had to have your shoulders level on the off-side or else it would break you. Loved the 68 but couldn't get it to turn.

    But if you love stable and supportive approaching the ball and a fast forgiving ski you have to try the Rev 6 @Horton. Would love to get your review on it :smiley:
    Jarrus Steele - Orlando, Florida
  • BdeckerBdecker Posts: 181 Baller
    @whitecaps - I'm thrilled with my new ARC. Like santangelo, I've been on a bunch of D3's and found them all really easy to hop on and ski to or above my average (x5, Fusion, Helix, Helix H2, Quest45). I have achieved a couple more buoys on the ARC than some of the others, but I think the difference between skis for me is the consistency with which I get to take on that challenge pass. All of the D3's I've tried have played well with my particular style vs the others I've tried, but the ARC is definitely a step above.
    Than_Bogansantangelo
  • whitecapswhitecaps Posts: 10 Baller
    @Bdecker --thanks for the insight. The helix is my first D3, purchased it off SIA used. Since I don't see much about folks using the Helix I thought I might benefit from an upgrade. I do like the Helix but haven't skied a lot of others. One question, are you on the ARC or ARC-S?
  • BdeckerBdecker Posts: 181 Baller
    @whitecaps- I am on the standard (yellow) ARC in a 67" and I'm approximately your size (just a bit shorter and heavier...). Skiing 34mph, trying to find the exit gates at -38, but -35 is still far from automatic. I have a helix H2 which I really liked as well.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,681 Administrator
    @thager 100% agree

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  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 4,856 Mega Baller
    @Horton pretty impressive for your second set on the ski.
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  • MSMS Posts: 4,298 Mega Baller
    @Horton gave himself an AWESOME tag.
    Shut up and ski
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  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,084 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Someone forgot to shorten the rope???
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  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 5,807
    Exactly what I was thinking Dawg. Or Horton just got really drunk and dreamed he ran 2@39.
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  • MSMS Posts: 4,298 Mega Baller
    52k
    Shut up and ski
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,681 Administrator
    @ms i am awesome

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  • jrsjrs Posts: 96 Baller
    I have a 66" D3 Arc S (blue) for sale $1,200 plus shipping. Anyone interested send me a message. I could also deliver it to the Southern Regionals or the Nationals.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,681 Administrator
    So I am 3 rides in on the ARC. I am taking the next 5 or 6 days off so I will try to have more comments late next week

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