In a post a few weeks back, I noted that I was running the best passes of my season in late October and (as it turned out) even into the first few days of November, and that I was doing so with a "variety of experimental tech."
Today, I can reveal BY FAR the most important piece of that: I had the enormous privilege of being one of the first folks to ride the 2017 Denali!
I think everyone knows how excited I was about (what was internally known as) the 3.1, so I think it's a pretty huge thing to say that this new ski is better at everything. It's even faster (what!?), it's even less effort, it's more stable, and it works great in a large range of binding and fin settings. The space I was able to create at -35 is unprecedented for me; I rarely missed one on this ski. There was a lot of smiling from this guinea pig, I can tell you that!
Maybe the most telling part is that I ran the best scores of my season in a drysuit in very cold water with a Massachusetts season winding down fast. I think the best judge of the contribution of the ski is comparing actual scores relative to what you've been able to do recently. So I take it as a big deal (for the ski) that I beat my season best on the 3rd day. Then I tied that new season best on three consecutive days with a variety of settings. All of that was in far-from-ideal conditions. (I honestly can't believe I didn't get further -- it felt so good -- but the measured results were still very compelling.)
The Adams have done it again. Stick this on your short list of skis to try in 2017.
Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan