D3 ARC vs. Radar Vapor

sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,230 Mega Baller
edited August 2016 in Skis Fins Bindings
Been a Denny Kidder made ski guy since I was a teen, so really leaning ARC. But, just seeing what people think. I may have the chance to try both back to back, if things work out in the next few weeks. Maybe. Of course that would be best. But, fun to ask anyway. Anyone been on both?

Based on talking to a couple reps, blue is most probably my flavor of ARC.


  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,230 Mega Baller
    Thanks @skibrain , did not find that thread searching. @OB1 , I am hoping to do just that. Hopefully on the same day and same water behind the same boat.
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  • DragoDrago Posts: 1,258 Mega Baller
    I know a guy who demoed an arc, went back to his radar, and bought the arc a few days after
    SR SL Judge & Driver (“a driver who is super late on the wheel and is out of sync”)
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,230 Mega Baller
    And, after reading that thread, it looks like the similarities outweigh the differences and there is nothing for it but to try both out. :)
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,230 Mega Baller
    One thing to remember, my top tourney speed will be 34, so that may make a difference. I will test at that max speed. And use my own bindings.
  • cragginshredcragginshred Posts: 685 Crazy Baller
    My ski buddy just got a Blue Arc and I plan to get a 2017 Vapor pro in the next week so I have the opportunity to try both and will keep you posted!
    Vapor pro 2017
  • skimtbskimtb Posts: 97 Baller
    Anyone else have comments / comparisons on these two skis? I can't get the link from skibrain to work (could be old?)
  • hogexpresshogexpress Posts: 102 Baller
    I tried the Vapor and ended up staying with my D3. I thought the Vapor was faster behind the boat but i could never get my turns consistent. I've been a long time D3 fan but have tried various skies along the way and always come back to D3. I'm currently on the Blue ARC. The only weak spot for me on that ski is the on-side. I have to be alittle more patient with it. The off-side is automatic no matter what i do. I'm a 34 mph skier.
    Keith Sims - South Carolina
  • hogexpresshogexpress Posts: 102 Baller
    BTW, I have good deal on a 66" D3 Quest 45 on SIA.
    Keith Sims - South Carolina
  • SivotaSivota Posts: 108 Baller
    I am definitely with the try if you can before you buy skiers.
    I don't want to confuse you, but I tried an ARC [blue] and a 2016 Radar Lithium Vapor - coming off an older D3 Fusion. I ended up with the with the Omni Syndicate [a gift - see elsewhere on BoS]. My performance improved significantly and now I am a 34 mph skier. The extra width help without any apparent [to me anyway] decrease in performance.
    Good luck whichever way you go.
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,068 Mega Baller
    Both fantastic skis. I have run the same ball counts on all, the yellow arc, and the17 and 18 Vapors. They all carry speed through the turn well. The 18 Vapor took me more time to get set up but once I got it, it has been my choice, bar none. Offside is automatic and fast. The Vapor, especially the 18 stays tip down better than any ski I’ve ridden, which, I think, is its key to speed.
    You can’t go wrong with any of them
  • ellenmellenm Posts: 22 Baller
    I've been on both and skied both in tournaments in 2017. I like both but am sticking with the Vapor;
  • mbabiashmbabiash Posts: 412 Solid Baller
    You really shouldn’t overlook the NRG. I came off of the 16,17, and 18 vapor. Tried the NRG and loved it!
  • kckc Posts: 98 Baller
    What @mbabiash said! I’ve skied various year Vapors and both blue and yellow ARCs. The NRG is hands down my favorite.
  • skimtbskimtb Posts: 97 Baller
    Thanks All. Demo would be best, but I’m looking used, which makes that a bit trickier. I was solid radar then solid d3, now leaning back to radar. I’ve been on a sixam 2 Point and had no issues. I think both are good skis and I’ll just adjust to either and ski.
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