Connelly GT - Let the review start!

HortonHorton Posts: 23,672 Administrator
As I write this I have not yet skied on the GT. I just put my bindings on it and set the fin. A few things strike me as I get this ski ready to ride.

Connelly makes a beautiful product. They have always been a quality manufacturer and this ski is no exception. I am picky. I know where to look for sloppy workmanship. The test GT appears to be a very well made ski.

The second thing is the fin clamp. It is fine. It does its job in an old school sort of way. It clamps the fin as well as any clamp can. The thing is that it does not have set screws. Once upon a time no one had set screws just like once upon a time there was no such thing as color TV or the internet. I did manage to get the fin set but now I have to refill my anger management prescription.

Time to find a driver and go skiing.

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Comments

  • skibugskibug Posts: 1,883 Crazy Baller
    Dear Connelly...GET SOME F'n SET SCREWS!!!!!!!!!
    Bob Grizzi
    The_Krista
  • skibugskibug Posts: 1,883 Crazy Baller
    I actually modified my stock fin block on the 2014 Prophecy I had in our machine shop at work. It is not terribly difficult to add set screws, in the right spots, with garage grade equipment. The point is, we shouldn't have to.
    Bob Grizzi
    MattP
  • jcrossjcross Posts: 8 Baller
    Here is the fin block that has been modified for my 2014 Prophecy. Can't wait to use this block to dial in the GT when I demo it in May


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  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,672 Administrator
    edited April 2016
    Those who can not read claim I love every ski so I am trying to be more clear with my criticism. That said the fin block does not make the ski.

    I got rained out today but I will ride the ski tomorrow and we can start talking about it.

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  • gregygregy Posts: 2,378 Mega Baller
    edited April 2016
    Does Connelly have some closet full with an endless supply of fin blocks? Its obviously not that hard to redesign the fin block with the ease folks are modding them. Why the Resistance to change?
    bishop8950The_Krista
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,672 Administrator
    edited April 2016
    back on topic see my 2013 Prophecy Review

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  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 376 Solid Baller
    Woo Hoo!
  • paul413skipaul413ski Posts: 52 Baller
    I heard it may be something to do with patents ?? Great to have the ski reviews starting again
  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,209 Crazy Baller
    i was told herb obrien paid a small fortune to settle a patent infringement law suit with the guy who invented the set screw mod to the fin block. since connelly and ho are owned by the same company now maybe they're gun shy about what happened when herb owned ho? or possibly the settlement with ho prevents who ever owns ho from licensing the assigned rights to any other ski company?
    andjulesozski
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 483 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    edited April 2016
    @mwetskier HO did pay a huge settlement but now the patent for this is expired. I'd post a link but I'm on my phone and I know @Horton hates long links. Just google this number:
    US5299963 A
  • EFWEFW Posts: 88 Baller
    @jcross Nice job on the fin block. It's like a Rubic's cube trying to adjust that thing. Now if someone could put one of those Warp wing fins they came out with but never produced.
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 1,855 Mega Baller
    As a die hard Connelly guy, I hate to admit that I love my Mapple fin and clamp. I understand that Radar will be using that clamp and fin as their stock product in the future. When I order my next Connelly, in addition to having it drilled for Fogman bindings, I'm getting it drilled for a Mapple fIn clamp.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,672 Administrator
    edited April 2016
    I have adjusted my GT twice. The first time was miserable because I had not adjusted without set screws in so long. The second time I took a deep breath remembered how I used to do it and it really was not that bad.

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    skibug
  • skibugskibug Posts: 1,883 Crazy Baller
    @Horton....it is still bad....
    Bob Grizzi
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,672 Administrator
    @skibug you just have to go back to your roots

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  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,379
    Ahhh yeah but once you get it set just go ski, small price to pay for such a good ski. I don't think fin setups are as critical on the GT as some other skis either so its not like you have to rethink your numbers every second set.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

    paul413ski
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 1,744 Mega Baller
    I was able to check out a Connelly GT a couple days ago while shopping for bindings. While I didn't ski I did look at the design and build of the ski. Very well built and a really cool graphic for this ski. They do some interesting things with the way the ski is shaped on the top by the tail. The same thing goes for the forebody of the ski, just before the tip curves up. Spoke to one person who has ridden it and they said Lightning Fast and Turns are very tight - be ready to hang on!

    The bindings: we bought a pair for my wife. Excellent build quality as well. A very sleek design. Seems like they are "custom fit" even though they aren't heat molded. She said they are the most comfortable boots she has had because they fit like a glove. (Her RS-1's were a smidge big since 1/2 sizes aren't available) Will be great to see how they perform.
  • BoneHeadBoneHead Posts: 5,807
    That's good to hear. The '13 Prophecy is one of the greatest skis ever. Like as in it should be up on a pedestal with the Goode 9100, HO CDX, and other iconic skis. But that damn fin block made me want to beat myself in the head with the ski.

    Now I want to try the GT.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

    ELDIABLO
  • wskierwskier Posts: 118 Baller
    What happened to the Test
  • wskierwskier Posts: 118 Baller
    Sorry what happened to the review
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,672 Administrator
    @wskier there are one or two other threads on the topic. The review is moving along nicely. I am halfway through

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  • wskierwskier Posts: 118 Baller
    I don't know between you and Buford Danger not much reporting I'm still waiting for the GT reviews and The O'Brien platform trainer. Buford what fin length do you run at 5mph wing or no wing.


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