Hey Outlaw, thanks for the report. In a perfect world I'd have test ridden both models before deciding on my new RXT X. I was out in 1' chop on Saturday and found it a bit tiring after an hour of saddle time. If I stood up, I wasn't fatigued from the ride. I agree that the suspension system is a major step forward, but I was concerned about weight, complexity and the relatively new system so I decided to get the RXT X. Riding on Saturday made me think twice about that decision (I'm similar age but lighter and shorter).:appl: The Sea Doo RXT-IS lived up to all the hype in an open water run in the top of the Chesapeake Bay with my friends. There were nine skis in all, they were all high performance skis of various brands some were modified. But none had the S-3 hull and the IS suspension. We ran through various conditions. Mostly we rode through heavy chop and big cross wakes from the boat traffic. It didn't take long to see who had the best ski for the conditions. I was a little amazed how well the RXT-IS performed. On glass it kept up well but not the fastest. When we hit the rough stuff that hull and suspension took no prisoners one by one I picked off every ski in the pack. I was able to run full throttle through 2 ft chop and wakes like butter, reminded me of snowmobiling on rough terrian. The hull cut through the chop better then my 06 RXT. The suspension worked very well to the point my friends just shook their heads when I passed them. I noticed that the RXT-IS did not porpise at all and didn't cavitate much. I am 52 years old, 6' and weigh 225 lbs. Guys half my age were stunned. After a nice ten mile run I was sitting at the bar waitng for my friends. My friends tried my ski to see why it was so superior and all agreed that this ski is bad to the bone. So until another manufactuer builds an S-3 hull, and a traveling suspension there is no competion in open water. Try going full throttle on your ski in two foot chop and big wakes. Once again Sea Doo reigns supreme.
I'm enjoying the X though. I tend to ride on flat water or when the waves are large enough to jump so hopefully my choice won't affect me too much. If it does, there is always an opportunity to trade next year!