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Salomon AK Rocket Pilot 2003 - Any Experiences?

post #1 of 17
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I was recently on Salomons web site and noticed they a have a new ski AK Rocket Pilot being billed as an all mountain freeride ski. I am trying to compare this ski to the older Supermountains - It is about 5-10 cm wider everywhere than the Supermountains and only comes in a 195cm length. I haven't found a price on them but assume it will be up there. I was wondering if anybody has had a chance to demo these and would have any comments. Thanks again.
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post #2 of 17
The only comment I've seen thus far is on Tech Support for Skiers .
post #3 of 17
There was a lot of buzz last spring about Salomon's new offerings. The problem is nobody seems to know which of the prototypes became which skis. My son is interested in the 1080 prototype some of the extreme skiers were given. There was talk about that ski being a replacement for the SuperMountain but it appears it became the new 1080. The only comments I've heard so far are about the 2003 Salomon Line are from the site mentioned above.
post #4 of 17
Rio---

New 1080s are now for sale. The new AK rockets and the new 1080s both have the spaceframe construction, like the pocket rocket.
New AK rocket:

here's a little info: http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://www.skipass.com/ubbvf/Forum14/HTML/000104.html&prev=/search%3Fq%3D2003%2Bsalomon%2Bak%2Brocket%26hl%3De n%26lr%3D%26i e%3DUTF-8

and of course Salomon has the info online now too.
http://www.SalomonSki.com/us/home.asp

[ July 31, 2002, 10:33 AM: Message edited by: optics ]
post #5 of 17
Optics -

Welcome to the forum. That's an interesting site you referenced. What language is it originally in?
post #6 of 17
Welcome, optics.

Rio, it's a great French web site.

www.skipass.com

S
post #7 of 17
My husband has been skiing AK Rockets for a few years now - they're relatively soft and have great flotation. I'm assuming the biggest change from last year is adding the integrated Pilot binding system.
post #8 of 17
Quote:
Originally posted by altaskier1234:
My husband has been skiing AK Rockets for a few years now - they're relatively soft and have great flotation. I'm assuming the biggest change from last year is adding the integrated Pilot binding system.
Actually they're supposed to be considerably stiffer.
And my guess is that in deep, the spaceframe will make a much bigger difference in the feel of the ski than the pilot system. It's a big part of why the pocket rocket has become so damned loved.

thanks for the welcome, kids.
post #9 of 17
From what I've heard Optics is correct. The old AK Rockets were known for being mushy. The new ones are suppose to be stiff. Also, the new ones have way more sidecut than the old ones. If your husband liked the old AK Rockets he should try the Pocket Rockets.....they are a kick.
post #10 of 17
He found a virtually new pair of the AK Rockets to replace his trashed pair at the end of the season. And also bought some Blizzard Titans that he loves as well.
post #11 of 17
Interesting that they're stiffening them up - everyone I've met skiing on the old AK Rockets absolutely loved them. Most were in search of another pair of the same thing, but they were having a hard time finding them. So I find it interesting that they're changing them - but I have noticed that most other brands are stiffer so maybe Salomon is shifting it that way to make it more mainstream? It looks like they'll be marketing the new version more than they did the old one.

As for me - I'm thinking positive and just ordered some of these to add to the quiver [img]smile.gif[/img]

http://www.techsupportforskiers.com/...g-stix-106.jpg
post #12 of 17
I do find it interesting as well that salomon is making certain models of their skis stiffer now. For so long salomon skis were known to be more forgiving than most skis and offer a smoother ride that other skis... I saw a review of the new equipe 10 2v on this forum and the person who posted said that it did not feel like salomon skis of the past. Ive never skied any of the salomon rockets (too small to make them turn) but i do find it interesting that they may be stiffening up their line. It will be interesting to see how the ski is liked by the public and if the trend starts to carry into the rest of their "freeride" line of skis such as the scream 10 and the crossmax 10. It has surprised me to this point that salomon hasnt introduced a mainstrem pilot ski that has a waist between 75 and 80mm that would be the replacement for the supermaountain which many people loved as well. It does look like that if you want that type of ski from salomon now you will have to be satisfied with the new 1080... but only comes in a length up to 181.
Later all
GREG
post #13 of 17
Quote:
Originally posted by Heluvaskier:
I It has surprised me to this point that salomon hasnt introduced a mainstrem pilot ski that has a waist between 75 and 80mm that would be the replacement for the supermaountain
GREG
new ak pilot rocket=118/86/110

and yep, new 1080=114/80/108

or, if someone really must have an integrated system, there's always the volkl vertigo motion @106/83/118

I've heard rumors also of a supermountain redux. Just waiting for the smoke to die down from the others.
post #14 of 17
For those who loved the Super Mountain, ski the new K2 Axis XP. It feels a lot like an old Super, but with a bit more sidecut.

On another note, I am really excited to hear that the new 1080 is being compared to the Super Mtn. I'd love a twin that work s on the entire mountain!
post #15 of 17
I've got the new AK Rocket Pilot on order. Anyone interested in a 200cm AK Rocket?
post #16 of 17
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Originally posted by Lucky:
Anyone interested in a 200cm AK Rocket?
Maybe - I sent you a PM.
post #17 of 17
Lucky: can we talk?
daveandb@telusplanet.net

To all others: Ive skied the new AK's and owned the old AK> SAME SKI (they added space frame, piolet and a twin tip) But the dimensions are the same (held them up back to back) and the flex is very similar. the new 195 is an old 190 with a fliared tail
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