I ended up purchasing a Yamaha Apex back in 2011 and was not all that happy with its trail manners or it’s off-trail capabilities. I did a bunch of research and came to the conclusion that the stock skiis were the problem. The stock Yamaha skiis were terrible, darting and unstable at speed on trails, bad push in the corners and terrible flotation and handling in off-trail and powder conditions – all the things I need in a sled – no clue why Yamaha would bolt these skis to this machine.
I decided that I could not live with this sled and considered selling it, even though there were many things I loved about it. I first decided to do further research and was able to determine that the heavier 4-stroke sleds can benefit greatly from the use of a dual keel, dual carbide ski. I also wanted to seriously increase flotation in powder conditions and heard great things about the Simmons ski line up…I also noted that the Simmons Gen II ski (10 inch wide version) was pretty much a perfect fit for my needs and also a great match for my sled.
Although I was "weak-kneed" at the price I had to pay to get a new pair of these bad boys up to Canada from the US…they were worth every cent I paid! They fixed all the problems I was having with handling characteristics on my Apex to levels I could not comprehend. It was like riding a completely different machine with all I loved about the machine and getting rid off all things I hated. No darting, flotation was incredible, trail handling was outstanding and it went straight as an arrow at any speed!
My only complaint is that these are massive paws and increase the width of my sled causing trailer space issues for loading side by side in a 8.5 ft wide trailer. If this is a serious problem for anyone, the Simmons Gen I and III series are only 8 inches wide.
I was very impressed with these skis and would not hesitate to recommend to others having similar problems. I do realize that different sleds benefit from different ski designs and also that personal riding preferences may dictate what ski you will like. For my Apex, the Simmons Gen II is the only answer. Two thumbs up from Simmons for the Gen II skis from SledZEROS!
Carving up some snow with the Apex.
You can see just how giant these things really are!