Maybe it's just me, but I can't seem to get very excited about the AX3. A buddy of mine has a pair of the original Vertigo Motions/G3's, and was looking to upgrade to a new pair, so being a solid Volkl person, he rented a pair of the new AX3's. After skiing them for a good part of the morning, he asked me to take a couple of runs on them so I could give him my opinion. I didn't want to discourage him from buying them, as I felt he had already made up his mind in advance, but I just couldn't find much good to say about them. They were not very stable, the tips just seemed to bounce all over the place, they seemed to transmit a lot of vibration from the ski back into your legs, just not a very fun ski to be on. When I told him my honest opinion, to my surprise he said that his opinion was very similar to mine, and that he was very dissappointed with them, and certainly was glad he tried them before putting his money down. Now the pair he rented was a 170, which might have been a little short for a 200 pounder like me, But I wasn't skiing very fast or aggressively on them. Or could have been a tune issue, although the guy at the shop said they were brand new never been on snow before, so I doubt tune was the problem. I know they are a popular ski with a lot of people, but I sure can't see it. If I had to ski on those every day, it might be enough to make me take up snowboarding.