Denali Mid review

HortonHorton Posts: 23,681 Administrator
I now have 11 rides on the Denali. I am still tweaking the fin settings to get the apex the way I want it on both sides. Amazing thing is the Denali guys help with set up as part of owning the ski. I have 10 or 12 rides to go so I do not want to say too much.

Few things I will say for now.
The ski is SO easy on the body. I can ski more passes on this ski than any other I have ever ridden. I am not sure this is the same as being fast. The ski is really fast but more noticeable it is just not a lot of work.

Angle. Holy Sheep Dip does this ski take and hold angle.

Adjusting depth on both sides of the fin is weird but genius.

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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,632 Mega Baller
    Seems right in line with what most of us experienced on the proto version.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • pgmoorepgmoore Posts: 175 Baller
    @Horton - Suggest that when you post the final review you bolster the website servers a bit. That post might actually break the internet :smile:
    Patrick Moore
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,632 Mega Baller
    @pgmoore Just buy one and review it yourself! :smile:
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • WishWish Posts: 6,770 Mega Baller
    edited May 2016
    It will be interesting to hear how many passes @Razorskier1 can pull off now that he's on the Denali at peak season considering he's mentioned here of some insane number of passes (32s and 35s) in a single set. Easy on the body is a good description. Fountain of youth would be another.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,496 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @wish I think @razorskier1 told me he ran a 28 followed by twenty nine 32's last week single set.

    Dave Ross--die cancer die
    WishMISkier
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,379 Mega Baller
    edited May 2016
    Hell, I can't remember if I'm on the 5th or 6th pass half the time.
    DanE
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,326 Crazy Baller
    edited May 2016
    Sounds like a keeper. Should be an exciting test season. Seems HO, Radar, D3 and Mapple are also providing helpful set up assistance.
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,379 Mega Baller
    I think Mapple and now Denali have really pushed the industry toward helping with setups. I've always gotten help when I ask for it but lately it seems like they are really going the extra mile.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,632 Mega Baller
    @6balls @Razorskier1 Is there a world record for most complete -35s in 24 hours? I feel on a great day maybe I could manage 10? Thinking Jim on his Denali could top 50!?
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,496 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Than_Bogan I've pulled him ten 35's straight when he was on his Mapple single set...following the 28 and 32 off warm ups, of course.

    About to go hit the head/tail on the Denali making it skiing 4 of the last 5 days...that never happens. Funny thing to bring back on topic is I'm not sore. I'm tired for sure legs are getting fatigued but I'm not sore riding this ski.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
    Than_BoganWish
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,414 Mega Baller
    I have used the Adam's a lot for setup help and they are great! @Than_Bogan - I have run 20 35s in a set. 50 in 24 hours is easily doable mid season.
    Jim Ross
  • thagerthager Posts: 3,815 Mega Baller
    Unreal! I am still at the 4 passes and done for 2 days stage of the year!
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,496 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Than_Bogan you've created a monster here I'm sure...fifty 35's in 24 hours will go down this season. My guess is 4 sets of 12-13 passes each in a single day rather than 2 sets sleep and repeat.

    It's blowing 30 today and we ran head tail...the swamp has so much weed surface mat/surface tension that the water conditions were passable. Spray in the face at 28 off, 34 mph on a 196 headwind you know the wind is big.

    The Denali is silly-good in the tailwind. Never any slack, absolutely giving haircuts to the buoys rarely have I ever been so early. Even in a gust if I had a loopy ball and thought I was a little late absolutely backside the next ball. No stall, no tip rise...and still not a single slam dunk 2 or 4 ball for me since jumping on this ski. A little knee bend while tall into the ball...just pick your spot and turn cuz you have...all...day...to...think...about it. So much north/south space.

    I'm not sure how it keeps the line tight as it doesn't feel like it's hard on the decel...feels like it's running but I never get slack and the hook-ups are smooth. There's some very good voodoo going on here for sure.

    I don't mean to overstate this stuff. I'm not on the payroll, I'm not on the test team...just riding my brother's former prototype ski and I'm really having a lot of fun. I'm in ski shape now, the weeds are clearing from the boat path, the water is warming up a little...can't wait to really push this ski down the line. Even if I don't get better absolute "great day" scores, I think I will be more consistently close to my best and do so with less abuse on my body. There's also a chance I can take this thing deep...my brudder once ran 39.5 with me driving ZO, surveyed course. I sure would like to do that as well.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
    dvskierWish
  • WishWish Posts: 6,770 Mega Baller
    edited May 2016
    I prefer a tail wind now. Who even thinks that? But since I've been on the Denali...tail winds are better. Sounds like your becoming accustome to all that space before that ball. That took me a while to get used to. Nice to hear that "fun" is being brought back into your ski vocabulary...or at least fun..er
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,632 Mega Baller
    A ski built by Tony Stark out of Vibranium and Dark Aether would not get me a 6 buoy personal best. In fact that might not be enough to tie my outlier of a tournament best.

    But at this stage, incremental stuff is exciting.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    jipster43pgmoore[Deleted User]DanE
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,414 Mega Baller
    Easy Georgie.
    Jim Ross
    [Deleted User]
  • thagerthager Posts: 3,815 Mega Baller
    edited May 2016
    Must be made of Unobtainium!
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • Ralph LeeRalph Lee Posts: 492
    If the Adam bros really made a ski that is night and day easier on the body, without sacrificing buoy count, that is a HUGE deal!!
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,496 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited May 2016
    @OB1 for me just having a lot of fun skiing on what seems like a pretty cool ski so far...nothing more, nothing less. More time will be revealing...at least to me anyway. You can ignore my posts that "don't count"...but you can't resist my barbeque ribs.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • DanEDanE Posts: 782 Crazy Baller
    edited May 2016
    @OB1 2 months? Must have been good if you stayed that long, you switch skis more often than some ballers change underware.
    At least @Horton gets paid to do that.
  • WishWish Posts: 6,770 Mega Baller
    I did watch him eat ribs and yes he should move on...maybe something less messy.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
    [Deleted User]Than_BoganDanEschafer
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,632 Mega Baller
    @OB1 I gotta admit I'd be pretty curious to hear your thoughts on the production version. Then again, all signs point to the Rev6 working so well for you that I'm a little surprised you're trying anything else. New toys are fun, though!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • KrleeKrlee Posts: 462 Baller
    Waiting to hear more on this ski? Seems to have died down on the Horton review/comments.
    My wife was interested in this ski, she even sent Denali an email to ask some questions, but has not heard back as of yet.
    Has anyone had anyone one this ski that is skiing from 32/15 off to 34/22 off?
    She needs a ski that gets cross course quickly and finishes the turn well and generates angle.
  • slowslow Posts: 257 Baller
    Who doesn't
    skidawgaupatking
  • BoozeBooze Posts: 277 Baller
    @slow Ha, good one
  • BoozeBooze Posts: 277 Baller
    Come on Fedex, don't let me down.

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    Than_Bogan
  • RBRB Posts: 65 Baller
    @Booze what number were you?
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,496 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Weather and ski buds permitted me to ski 6 of 7 days in the drysuit. What this means is I peaked about day 3 and then predictably began wearing out. This means my body position fades and I start pulling harder AND longer to compensate (same story, different year).

    If one pulls hard, one realizes the ski is very quick. If one pulls too long and too hard one comes into the buoys HOT. Ski turns regardless losing very little speed, tight line and off to the next hectic ball. So...ski it crappy like that and it can be very hectic but bail you out...wierd.

    Ski it right with proper angle, good stack and some back arm and find yourself wide and with a lot of north/south space. It's a very interesting ski. I'm looking forward to warmer temps, better physical conditioning, out of the drysuit and go down the line some.

    I don't get to try a lot of skis...but continue to feel there is big potential here. Time and line off will tell but I'm confident it's a winner. On the margins am I gonna pick up a line on any ski at this point on any new stick...my gosh probably not...wrong end of the law of diminishing returns and age but so far it's really fun. Hard to argue with fun. If I run near my personal limit more consistently, bonus. If I run shorter yet, double bonus.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
  • taptap Posts: 56 Baller
    @Krlee my wife is right in that range. I set her up on a 2015 model (v3.1) about three weeks ago. She is generally not a fan of changing skis or setups, but she's doing awesome on the new ski. Week 1 she was right there at her average, by week 3 she up'd her practice PB by a buoy. She's been skiing more and may have progressed regardless, but the ski really does look pretty damn good.
    KrleeThan_BoganCaleBurdick
  • HigleyskierHigleyskier Posts: 28 Baller
    Mine arrived today! Just took it out of the box and it is beautiful... Need binding measurement, then off to the course for the first set.
    Wish6balls
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