The X2 is only called the baby brother due to its size. The 03-2011 X Star hull has nothing in common with the X2 hull. The X2 is an awesome all around do everything boat in a small towable/ garageable(standard garage)package. At the time it was released it had the space of all the bigger wake boats in its era in that small package. There is really only one downside to the X2 and that is the way it drives weighted and unweighted. High level riders who edge hard and bigger heavier riders will be able to walk the boat a bit. Also a good slalom skier will be able to do the same thing with a hard edge. It doesn't have tracking fins it just relies on its hull to track straight. It just feels like an I/o not an iboard in driving performance. Its not piss poor, just not what you would expect from a comp boat, much less a 20ft MC comp boat. Otherwise its throws a great wake with a nice lip, surfs above average for 20ft'r, and skis above average for V-drive. HAs a ton of space.
The X Star well its a wakeboarding machine. Its wakeboard wake is legendary up until the release of the 2012 G23 and Supra SA550, I am still out on the new star. My experiences were less than legendary. The 03-11 star was a sigle sport machine. It sucks to slalom behind and it surfs terrible for its size. However its wakeboard wake can't be touched. The cockpit is really cramped for its size it feels much smaller than it is, however the bow are feels humongous.
The X45. It surfs above average has a ton of storage but of the 5 X45's I have been behind the wakeboard wake left me expecting a ton more. I thought the X2 wake had a much better shape, lip and feel. It was reallly crips compared to the 45 which tended to be soft and more of a ramp. However the 45 is humongous inside and its monstrous. Its more of a party barge that wakeboards second if you ask me.....The 35 and 55 wakeboard much better. Even the old X30 to me beats it out wakeboarding wake wise.
To me if the X2 is too small and you are looking for more of a multipurpose bigger boat than the X Star the X15 is really the hidden sleeper in the MC line. Its wakeboard wake is awesome, its surf wake is above average and it skis very good for a bigger v drive with the plate option.
Last edited by xstarrider; 09-27-2012 at 8:48 PM.