One of the things that have escaped us the past few years is the skis being offered by Ski-Doo. The Pilot 5.7 has been a good trail ski, but not really all that aggressive. The DS2 ski is more of a deep snow ski and is much more aggressive, but not really the best match for groomed trails. Then we have the adjustable blade-style ski in the Pilot TS, which seems to work best on packed trails with some moisture content, but not so well in loose snow or early season conditions.
We’ve been asking Ski-Doo for a ski with some edges, or ribs, running on the outside of the ski. The Pilot TS and DS2 skis are relatively smooth and flat on the bottom of the skis, except for the center keel. Many of the aftermarket skis we use and like have extra ribs along the outer edges of the skis, giving the ski something to grab the ground with as you are sliding across the snow.
So, here it is, the new for 2018 Pilot R2 ski. Designed with feedback from pro snocross and cross-country racers, the new Pilot R2 is the most aggressive ski yet from Ski-Doo – likely an ideal match for X-RS package sleds. They will be available at Ski-Doo dealers this fall as an accessory, and could have been ordered with your sled in the Spring. Problem was, nobody knew about them until April. We’ve not tried them yet, but just by looking at the bottom profile and the edges we can assume they will be bolted onto our 2018 Renegade X-RS as soon as we can get a set.