Given the two I still like the Powder Pros better, and they aren't much more money. But those suckers are wide! I did some measurements the other day and realized something (the most of you probably already know).Originally posted by Team Arctic@Jan 22 2003, 11:23 AM
Rob, just noticed the C&A addition to your ski test..nice job and consistent with most reports I have read on those skis. I liked your rating box. Looking at the numbers, the SLT skis actually rate out higher than the Powder Pro...especially if you take deep powder riding out of the mix (which isn't too important to me). Between the two, do you still like the Powder Pros best or is it a toss up with the SLTs? Marc
Mine has the outer strut supports on our trailer and with my sled and my brothers (both with C & A's) the skis overlap. I think you gain some, you lose some, depending on design.Originally posted by rob@Jan 22 2003, 11:37 AM
The stupid center post for the top is the real problem here.... :angry:
Rob,Originally posted by rob@Jan 20 2003, 02:11 PM
I only tested the trail version, but I also noticed the loose rear end on the roads. I think the C&As are not the best choice for an unstudded sled.Originally posted by Earl McCreary@Jan 22 2003, 02:45 PM
Any testing with the C&A Pro Racing. Put a set on mine and worked great, problem is on groomed or hard trails, rear end gets loose. No Studs!
Bill, thanks for those ideas.. I was sort of thinking along the same lines. If it ever gets above zero here I will try it.Originally posted by bilbat@Jan 22 2003, 03:34 PM
I have experienced the same issues while trailering sleds with wide skis. I have not tried these on an enclosed trailer but maybe you can adapt them around the center post. I have tried two different solutions with positive results.
The first was using a piece of Trex (plastic decking lumber) under the carbide/keel to elevate the "inside ski above the "inside" ski of the other sled. I added a piece of nylon coated chain looped over the ski near the saddle to keep the Trex under the ski. Using a dat blade you can make a groove for your carbide to rest in. This worked good with the holddowns too. I keep a set of these in my trunk bag for crossing steel deck bridges.
The second was to elevate the inside slide to accomplish the same. Elevate one side above the other - envision making a ramp out of the slide. If you have two sleds with wide skis you will have to take a knotch out of the higher slide to make clearance for the ski on the lower slide. The knotch will be placed where the "lower" ski will hit the ramp when loading. It's a little more involved, but you won't have to throw a block under your ski every time you load.
You have your limiters pulled in to far for these ski's!Originally posted by rob@Jan 23 2003, 04:18 PM
I had left the C&As on for today's ride. I wanted to get more of a feel for them. Again, they are very good on the trail, but on the RR beds, they dart pretty bad. Also, these skis are terrible on icy roads with my unstudded F7. Honestly, it is hard to accellerate uphill on an icy road with them. They dig into the ice so much that my track will just spin. The C&As may be fine for a studded sled, but if you are unstudded, forget it..
I have the limiters pulled up one hole only..Originally posted by Jay@Jan 23 2003, 05:03 PM
You have your limiters pulled in to far for these ski's!
These skis are wicked aggressive. I have them with 8" carbides on mine unstudded and don't get the same feeling as you.
I agree that under certain conditions they tend to dart more than maybe is desireable, but they carve corners like no ones business!! I also probably have more front arm pressure than you also.
(Or maybe its cause I'm a fat ass and get better traction!!! LOL!!)
Do you know why AC only puts 5" wide skies on there sleds? Its to keep the overal with down because of 2 reasons:My Firecat is 43" spindle-to-spindle. With the stock 5" wide skis it is 48" wide overall. Jane's XC is 42" spindle to spindle and the Poo stock skis (and the SLTs) are 6" wide, still resulting in 48". When I put the SLTs on my F7 it now is 49" wide, and with the Powder Pros it is 50" wide. I have ski guides in my trailer, as well as a center support for the snopro cover, and the inside width is only 98". At 50" wide it's no wonder that the F7 won't fit. After it warms up a little I am going to try and reset the ski guides on one side of my trailer and see if I can offset it enough to fit. The stupid center post for the top is the real problem here.... [/b]