While I agree with what you are saying, do keep in mind that your fork height setup can make a big difference in the feel of both environments.I got to ride an ARO and my 17 ST LE side by side for the day. Spoiler, Im buying the new ski.
On the very icy and rutted trail the old ski was better, but after a little but i built up the confidence to go flat out on the ARO. Went probably 5 miles? It took more arm strength but was manageable.
In the powder the ARO really shined. We had 8-10" of fluff on top of a great base. The old ski washed out a lot and would "skid" a little on the turns. I never once had the ski wash out on the ARO. (the track did once). It was truly confidence inspiring in the trees. Very much a go where its pointed all the time.
It is also more stable. I thought the ARO track would be more tippy but it wasn't at all. I was on a kick start bike and didn't have problems. Maybe in part because of the ski is more planted? idk
I should note that both skis have stock skags. Nothing ground off either.
Apples and oranges , put the trackers on the old ski and see what happens ? So if you do that the next question is which one gives you more arm pump ?
Am I missing something?
By trackers you mean the skags right? They dont fit. The hole patern is different. Im pretty sure I could take them off my aro ski and it would still work better than the old ski with skags in the soft stuff. The new ski just holds better in the powder. I’ve spent lots of money on “upgrades” that did nothing. In my opinion the ski/spindle upgrade is money spent that actually makes a performance difference. Of course you do need to beef up the spindle but that’s cheap and easy.
Oh, That makes sense. I never checked the outsides. I will do that when I get home tonight. I have both of them sitting in my garage.Hmm , the angled iron on the outside on both sides is what I'm babbling about .
Was just looking at a new one too , I should of measured .