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will I like AK Launchers????

post #1 of 4
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Hi all,

Eyeing up a cheap pair of 2nd hand 2002 AK Launchers @190cm to add to the clutter in the garage.

6ft3
190lbs
ski New Zealand off-piste/BC (maritime climate so heavy powder that quickly turns to crud)
currently riding atomic REX @ 191 and love em.

Any opinions on how I'll find the Launchers?
post #2 of 4
I'm guessing that you're an advanced - expert skier by the locations you describe. Before I give you my feedback, I will say that I'm only 5'4", 130lb so, the ski will definitely ski different for you. I have skied both the REX and the Launcher and find that the Launcher's tip is really nervous at big speed in chopped up crud or sluff that has set up a little. It is way softer in the tip than the REX. My recommendation: the REX for crud and the Launcher for deep soft powder days.
post #3 of 4
I am 6'5" and 215 lbs. and have been skiing both the 191 10EXs (old version of the REX) and 190 AK Launchers for several years. The Launchers have less sidecut and are softer and wider (90 mm waist) than the REXs (84 mm waist). As a pure powder ski I love the Launchers, but the lack of sidecut makes them fairly useless on hardpack. There are not so soft that they will not handle heavier crud, but I agree that they are definitely more nervous than the Atomics.

If you can find them I would recommend going with an old pair of 185 Rossi XXXs for what you are going to be skiing. They are a little stiffer and have more sidecut than the Launchers, and hence a better all-around ski for heavier snow (with the same 90 mm waist). Beware the 195 XXXs, which are a real beast of a ski.
post #4 of 4
I got a pair of AK Launchers about 4 years ago. All I can say is once you've gone fat you'll never go back...
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