A3 vs strada

darren400darren400 Posts: 6 New Baller
Hey guys looking for a new ski, any big differents between these to skis, thanks for the help!

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  • jayskijayski Posts: 549 Crazy Baller
    A3 substantially does it all better...have a 67"Strada for sale though!
    darren400
  • MikeMike Posts: 31 Baller
    Both great just different. I am not skier enough at my speed and longer line length to journey too far with this, but have skied both 66 A3 and 2013 Strada in both 66 and 67 lengths. Nuances I will leave for the Horton's and MattP's and Dirt's and Jayski and the other mega ballers. From the few sets on each trying to determine which one of the two I would continue to ski and grow on this summer here goes. A3 rides what feels a bit deeper. An easy fun ride that turns well and gets wide but is a touch more work rolling from pulling edge to pre-turn edge behind the boat...probably just me. Possibly the width on the new A3 don't know but best left to the real guru's to answer. A3 in a 66 seemed very close in length with the 67 Strada at least laying them side by side at a glance. The 66 Strada is an incredibly quick turning ski that because of my inept ability would sometimes stall in the turn where the A3 would keep moving through it. For the guys that are dialed with their technique I can see where it would rock their world. The 67 Strada was instant balance, angle, felt faster and just easy. The A3 was also easy in some aspects. Liked them both but would pick the 67" Strada. It turned like a well controlled 66 with the balance I needed from the flat spot or rocker design. It was less work and the edge change for me was easier. The quick fin measurements with an old Goode dial caliper were .745 dft 2.50 depth and 6.855 length wing 9 Boot 29.25 water temp 68.
    darren400
  • MSMS Posts: 4,478 Mega Baller
    @jayski Thats a hell of a sales pitch.
    Shut up and ski
    darren400
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 5,832
    Strada has a loose, free tip. A3 turns very horizontally with a lot of tip pressure. Some people will like one. Some will like the other. Both are lightning fast with little effort needed to go cross course.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

    darren400
  • jayskijayski Posts: 549 Crazy Baller
    @MS well it's blunt and to the point, good pitch for the A3 not so good for the Strada...
  • MSMS Posts: 4,478 Mega Baller
    I like them both and I am glad I dont have to decide between the 2.
    Shut up and ski
  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,691 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    MS. I guess you did decide between the two (since you owned them both)... and wound up on the N1.
  • thagerthager Posts: 3,985 Mega Baller
    AOABCH!
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • OTFOTF Posts: 321 Crazy Baller
    I bet @ms will be on something other than the N1 by August, any takers???
    alex38Wish
  • MSMS Posts: 4,478 Mega Baller
    My back/body wanted me on the A3 but my ego wanted the N1.
    Shut up and ski
    E_T
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 2,254 Mega Baller
    I can compare an A-2 against a Strada. Liked what The A-2 did in the turn however it was god awful slow transitioning off the ball and accelerating. The Strada Turns well with little effort and will allow some moving around on the ski. Strada fast as hell off the ball, for me carry's angle and direction into the preturn phase. Will probably get another one this fall.
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.


    darren400
  • darren400darren400 Posts: 6 New Baller
    I have a a3 coming to demo! Will let you guys know what I think!
  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,131
    edited June 2013
    I dont feel the Strada has received the credit it deserves in this thread. The Strada is a VERY capable shortlone slalom ski, regardless of how you dissect it. It is extremely fast across course & this ski stays with you in the turns like no ski I've riden, regardless of my level of aggression. It is a bit loose as some have noted, and frankly that is one of the things I enjoy about the ski, particularly when Im out of position. I've made a season on the RS-1, three seasons on the 2010 Strada, and now the 2013, and Im a believer. I've improved every season without question.

    Daryn Dean - Lakes of Katy, TX
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  • GOODESkierGOODESkier Posts: 1,107 Crazy Baller
    I demo-ed A2, Strada, Nano Twist Mid-Ride, and a Nano ONE........

    I skied each ski for 4 sets or 6 in a row. I ended up buying the Nano ONE cause I thought I had the most growing room on that ski. However, I think I ran my best ball count of the sets on the Strada. I tend to tell people that in my opinion, the Strada was the best out of the box for the average skier. Easy to transition onto and felt very stable and confident on that ski. I found the strada took more effort than the A2 to turn, but I just didn't like the instability I felt on the A2.

    I have seen more 38' OFF with the Nano ONE than any other ski I have owned........ you could demo one of those too........
    2003 Nautique 196 LE Star Gazer & ZBox - GOODE NANO OneXT 66.75" - Powershell 5 (LFF) - Tournament PB: 2 Balls @ 39.5' OFF (34.2 MPH) on 7/18/2015 at BIG DAWG BROHO!
  • darren400darren400 Posts: 6 New Baller
    Thanks for all your info on these skis! I will also be demoing a strada, the ho rep told me to run the animal boots instead of the apex boots,what's your guys take on this?
  • GOODESkierGOODESkier Posts: 1,107 Crazy Baller
    Run the boots you normally ski on. That was missing from the above post. The GOODE skiis I ran the powershells on, and that was an entirely new thing in itself. Run what you are used to, in order to get a fair and unbiased opinion.
    2003 Nautique 196 LE Star Gazer & ZBox - GOODE NANO OneXT 66.75" - Powershell 5 (LFF) - Tournament PB: 2 Balls @ 39.5' OFF (34.2 MPH) on 7/18/2015 at BIG DAWG BROHO!
    darren400
  • darren400darren400 Posts: 6 New Baller
    So I guess the animals will be similar to my approachs?
  • MSMS Posts: 4,478 Mega Baller
    @darren400 The Approach is not even close to the Animal. The Approach is unlike any other boot made. If you try the Animal after being on the Approach, you will feel like there is no support.
    Shut up and ski
    darren400
  • darren400darren400 Posts: 6 New Baller
    so whats your suggestion on boots?
  • darren400darren400 Posts: 6 New Baller
    going to be trying them with the animals , they didn't have the sizing in the apexs that I needed, still waiting on the radar rep to get back to me! Should be demoing a strada in the near future also.
  • MSMS Posts: 4,478 Mega Baller
    I have been trying to get off of my Approach for 4 years and cannot find another boot that feels as good. I have tried Power shells, Stradas, Reflex, Animals and Jobe. None of them worked.
    The Attack or Apex boot by HO would be my next choice to try and then the D3 Leverage.
    I know that people love the D3 T factors but my ski partner has had nothing but build quality issues with them. He loves them but hates the wear issues he has had. D3 has been very good to him with replacement.
    Shut up and ski
    darren400
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