Still working on this idea, but it is slowly coming together..
What I'm planning on doing is obtaining several sets of aftermarket skis.. SLP has indicated that they will allow us to test 2 pair of their skis, the SLT's and new "Powder Pro" skis. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to get some C&A pro trail versions, and I'm still waiting to hear from Simmons.
The idea is to get some HCS members together for a one day test. Ideally about 4-5 Firecats total. I think it will be most convenient to meet at Island Pond. And we will each mount one set of skis and then do a say 20 mile loop, returning to IP where we will rotate the skis, and repeat the same loop. When we are done, each member will have had a chance to try each brand of aftermarket ski, and compare them to one another and also the stock AC skis. We will all agree to then do a writeup, giving our impressions of each ski. We also will take pictures, and the whole thing will be posted here on the forum, and also made into a permanent page in the 'tips' section of HCS. I invision this coming together on a weekend in early january. This will be a real-world test, and very useful for all Firecat owners looking for the best performance out of their sleds.
This will be a fun project, but it will be work also. Those of us that get together for this project will have to take it seriously, and make a commitment to write a detailed review of each ski.
Lets toss it around and everyone voice your opinions of this idea.