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Goode XT - 1/2 way review

HortonHorton Posts: 25,200 Administrator
edited October 2016 in Ski Tests
I have 13 rides on the XT so far but 6 of those are tournament rides. Of the 7 practice rides 2 or 3 were not in the best conditions. So really I have not had a lot of time to gather my thoughts about the ski. Considering the time of year I am not sure I will get a complete review written.

It is really premature for me to make conclusions about the ski but the fact that I ran into 39 in both tournaments says a lot. I run some 38s and maybe more this year than ever but it is nowhere near a 50% pass for me. Maybe not even a 25% pass. What that says is the ski rips when things get hectic.

One other thing I do know is that the ski works out of the box with stock settings. That for me is a big selling point. I can adjust a ski but am much happier not having to tweak.

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  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 3,946 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Any idea what the rocker number is on your XT?
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,200 Administrator
    edited October 2016
    @scotchipman no idea

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  • MickeyThompsonMickeyThompson Posts: 127 Baller
    @scotchipman what is rocker number?
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,116 Crazy Baller
    Still curious how set up varies - if anything much - between your old N1 and this ski. And, I thought stock for front binding was 28-3/4, but you are running 29 ?
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,200 Administrator
    edited October 2016
    @Zman
    XT
    6.830
    2.495
    0.703
    wing 9
    28.75

    N1
    8 degrees
    2.493
    6.8430
    .709 head
    .705 slot
    29.000

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  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,116 Crazy Baller
    Thanks @Horton
    Look forward to more results on your XT review. I'm considering updating from my early model N1 to a newer XT. When you are done testing the XT.....
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  • MickeyThompsonMickeyThompson Posts: 127 Baller
    @Horton .703 on the XT is that slot or head?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,200 Administrator
    Head

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  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 3,946 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited October 2016
    @MickeyThompson Below information was pulled from this WaterSki article.

    1. Bevel: The edges on the side of a ski where the flat side wall transitions to the ski’s bottom. Bevels can be sharp and flat or soft and rounded. Sharper bevels offer more speed and stability when riding in a straight line, and they track more in the turns. Rounded bevels offer more control in the turn, with less speed and stability when tracking. To provide a blend of both sharp and round bevels, some manufacturers now incorporate several small radii along the edge of the bevels.
    2. Concave: The U-shaped tunnel running along the ski’s bottom that allows it to grip the water for increased stability. A deeper concave provides a solid grip on the water but decreases speed. Shallow concave is faster and allows for harder turns when on edge. High-end skis typically feature a shallow concave that runs continuously from edge to edge. Some manufacturers have begun adding small, flat rails on the outside of the concave to give skis with shallower concaves more stability without sacrificing speed and edge control.
    3. Flex: The amount that a ski flexes along both its length (longitudinal) and width (torsional). A highly flexible, or soft-flex, ski will turn more easily and ride smoother in rough water, but will be slower when riding straight. A stiffer flex offers increased speed in flat water, but is more challenging to turn.
    4. Outline: The outside shape and width of a ski from tip to tail. Wider skis are more stable and easier to stand on during deepwater starts, but they’re less nimble. Narrower skis are less stable but can be easily put on edge for sharp, controlled turns.
    5. Rocker: The amount of curvature in a ski from tip to tail. A flatter ski with minimal rocker is faster and more predictable, but has a longer turning radius. Adding rocker allows for tighter turns, but too much rocker makes the ski slow and can cause tip rise. Most skis have one or more flat spots in their rocker, allowing for fast skis that turn with ease.
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  • skialexskialex Posts: 704 Crazy Baller
    @Horton the length on the XT, is it tips?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,200 Administrator
    @skialex tips yes

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  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,539
    @Horton how would you rate it for speed / space/ effort compared to a Vapor for example?
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  • MickeyThompsonMickeyThompson Posts: 127 Baller
    @Horton I am also interested in the answer to @ozski question.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,994 Mega Baller
    In the past, @Horton has stated many times that he does not directly compare skis. Would guess this policy is still in effect.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,200 Administrator
    edited October 2016
    @Than_Bogan is correct. I always avoid direct comparisons. The attributes of any one ski is far too nuanced for me to go down the road.

    As speed goes - it depends on how you define it.

    The XT gets plenty wide without perfect rope control skills - comparable with the best in class

    The XT makes plenty of space - comparable with the best in class

    The XT is not the lowest "strength required" ski ever. It takes less strength then Nano 1 but is lower mid back with the other top of the line skis.

    Remember everything is a trade off. The fastests ski ever might not be a very good turning ski and the best turning ski might not be very fast. The XT is a favorite because it is a good blend of attributes. Few skis are as high performance and as forgiving as the XT.


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  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,200 Administrator
    Holy Crap finally finished! This took longer than it should have. Sorry.

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