D3 '68 X7 Vs. ARC?

Im a bigger guy
(215lbs 6'6) that is trying like mad to better my technique. I feel I may be inhibited on my '69 Radar Carbon Senate. I have been looking strongly at the X7, Quest, Fusion, and Arc.
From what I have read, I like the characteristics of the X7 but all pros are pointing to the ARC. I have researched each D3 in between the two...
I'm an intermediate free skier that hits it 40ish days a year. Just starting to dip into the course. I feel siting deeper in the water behooves my confidence. At the end of this season I demoed the ARC but October was so awful in terms of weather I wasn't able to put it to the test.
Any suggestions?


  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 2,174 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    edited November 2016
    For where you are at, it will make almost no difference between your selection of skis.... except the universal rule that every skier should use the ski that feels and works best for him/her. Which means you should demo whenever possible. If it is not practical, search ski-it-again for one of those d3s in your price range. If money is not a factor, buy an Arc. 68" is your size.

    D3s are consistently the easiest / most user friendly ski you can find.
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  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 3,782 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I never skied the X7 but I demoed the blue ARC this summer. I thought it was very user friendly and skied well. I didn't buy it but that wasn't my purpose in trying it. That said, I'd probably be happy enough if it was my ski. In other words, it neither blew my mind nor sucked. It was "very nice."
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  • gregygregy Posts: 2,590 Mega Baller
    edited November 2016
    I skied a 68" x7 at 180lb. I'm thinking it may be on the small size for you. Its also a lot more work because it set in the water deeper. If your at 15off the Senate is a good choice I think.
  • TallSkinnyGuyTallSkinnyGuy Posts: 551 Crazy Baller
    Why do you feel your Senate is not right for you? That is probably the ski most everyone would recommend for you at your current level.
  • NorthIdahoLPONorthIdahoLPO Posts: 46 Baller
    I thought the same thing about the senate. I feel the strain in rolling it over. It is a wide body and I am going to address that with fin placement/adjustment... that is if I don't find a replacement in the meantime. I know much of this is form but I dont think the '69 and floatieness is helping me really dig in.
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 2,174 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Santa is coming early. Check the d3 Christmas sale.
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  • NorthIdahoLPONorthIdahoLPO Posts: 46 Baller
    I saw that sale.... I am tempted... As much as I would like to demo everything, I don't always have that luxury in the PNW. Bruce_butterfild, I have a wanted add for an X7. If I dont find one, I may just bite the bullet on the Arc....
  • NorthIdahoLPONorthIdahoLPO Posts: 46 Baller
    Additionally, the bevels on the senate are huge. I want more control once I get locked in.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,590 Mega Baller
    I'm pretty fond of the Vapors. I liked both the 2015 and 2016 Vapors. To me the 15 has a little more roll resistance than the 16. 16 is a little easier to get up on. 15 maybe a little more forgiving of mistakes. I haven't tried an ARC but have only heard good thinks about it. I was worn out in 6 passes on the X7. Went to a Mapple 6.0 after that and was doing 8 passes easily in a set.
  • NorthIdahoLPONorthIdahoLPO Posts: 46 Baller
    And Gregy, you bring up a good point.... The Mapple 6.0... There so many options. If I am going to spend north of $1700 for a full set up I want to grow with it for many seasons. I would keep the senate but I want to set lower in the water... a '68 is where I feel I need to be.
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,787 Mega Baller
    If you're sticking with a D3, I totally agree with @Bruce_Butterfield that either, in your position, will be fine. I've skied the Fusion, X7, Quest 45, and the Arc (more the yellow than the blue).
    I skied the 15 Senate and it does some great things, but I found the D3's more user friendly. Or at least they feel that way.
    The Arcs develop cross course speed incredibly and effortlessly. The X7 is a great ski, but the guys at D3 knocked it out of the park with the Arc. The 68 should be perfect, in either the X7 or Arc. I liked both skis. Honestly, all of those D3's would make you happy.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,590 Mega Baller
    The x7 is very forgiving and I skied well on it. I really just using the Mapple as an comparison. I'm more consistent on the vapors.
  • NorthIdahoLPONorthIdahoLPO Posts: 46 Baller
    Mark_matis - I have the D3 site at the ready. Getting T-Factors regardless.

    gregy-Aupatking. I wish I had the luxury to ski the x7. Do you have a '68?

    All - I appreciate the enthusiasm and input. Love talking waterskiing in November. Keeps the energy alive during the winter.

  • gregygregy Posts: 2,590 Mega Baller
    Might be worth contacting D3 and see if they have any X7's laying around. I bought mine from D3 new for a little less than $800 after the Quest came out.
  • NorthIdahoLPONorthIdahoLPO Posts: 46 Baller
    One step ahead of you there Gregy. Asked last month and no go on X7s at D3. I have a wtb post on ski-it-again. There is a fusion on there I'm keen on but I'm not sure how far I wanted to deviate from my research.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,590 Mega Baller
    Have you tried a Quest. I think its more similar to a X7 than a Fusion.
  • OTFOTF Posts: 416 Crazy Baller
    I am about your same size, 6'4 215. I tried a 68 ARC this summer and loved it. If I hadn't just bought a V Type I would have ordered one. Liked them about the same. I think the ARC was a little quicker
  • bassfooterbassfooter Posts: 164 Baller
    Don't worry @NorthIdahoLPO - X7s show up on SIA occasionally, but they seem to go fast. My X7 sold within a day or two of posting, and I recall that I had it priced on the high side in anticipation of price negotiations that never happened.
  • NorthIdahoLPONorthIdahoLPO Posts: 46 Baller
    Just bought the T-factor and RTP through D3 (took advantage of the sale). BTW Great people there at D3 and Kari is always so helpful. My plan- to keep an eye out for a '68 X7 this winter/spring. If one doesn't appear by go time I will give the Arc the nod. Either way I have the bindings to slap on either or at the very least.
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