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    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home theVetteman3's Avatar
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    Re: Air Blair Dart rider review

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    BTW, theVetteman3 I looked but cannot find the Air Blair Dart video on the X-H20. Got a link you want to share?
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    Sure thing Tim, here you go.
    http://www.x-h2o.com/index.php?threa...review.161709/
    1985 JS550/800 "Pretty Red": Newmiller ported 800, SXR Mikunis, 650 PJS pipe, Rhaas 750 pump conv. w/ 11/17 Hooker [56.3mph gps]
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    PWCToday.com Is My Home Away From Home JSNate's Avatar
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    Re: Air Blair Dart rider review

    Week two with the Dart in my procession and I continue to grow more fond of this machine. I now have listed one of my beloved SJ's to partially fund this purchase. As long as I sell the SN, I plan to keep this ski.

    Each time I ride the Dart I become more comfortable and confident behind the bars. As I gain confidence I begin to throw the ski around a bit at low speed and discover it's personality at speed. This is not a ski I want to hold wide open in a straight line for very long. It can be controlled at speed. But, its a balancing act to keep from being tossed overboard. However, this ski is so damn good at what it was clearly designed to do so well. And that is riding waves and low to mid speed maneuvers. I haven't had a chance to take it to the Great Lakes yet.. And quite frankly I want to spend a bunch more time on an inland lake first. I was able to simulate surf conditions behind a boat. And this is where this ski lets you know what it is capable of. The control in waves is outstanding and predictable even with my limited time on the hull. The flat manners really help maintain full control and stability surfing a large boat wake. This is such an athletic machine, I can tell it just wants to be rotated and rolled. I may not be ready, but the Dart sure helps with the confidence building. And I know by next Spring, I will be pushing myself to keep up with this ski.

    I had an opportunity to ride with a group last weekend on our lake. We had a bunch of nice skis there including several SJ's, conversion JS, and an aftermarket ski the owner referred to as "The Frickter". Basically a Rickter clone with a limited 701, all the goodies and sporting a 144mm pump, according to him.

    We all took turns swapping skis and giving feedback. I was pleasantly surprised to still be the best rider in a much younger group of riders. One of my buddies referred to me as "God Father"..

    It was an overwhelming concusses when we spoke about what ski stood out in the crowd. The Air Blair Dart was head and shoulders better performing than the Frickter. And that ski was no slouch at all. It was a very fun and capable freestyle ski. Just nowhere near as athletic, powerful or controllable as the AB Dart. I do not intend for this to be an accurate assessment of a real Rickter vs Air Blair comparison. But... I feel I got a taste.
    Last edited by JSNate; 09-19-2017 at 03:19 PM.

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    Re: Air Blair Dart rider review

    *Consensus... Damn spell check!!

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