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2018 Denali c-65

AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 599 Open or 55K Rated Skier
edited July 2017 in Skis Fins Bindings
Check out the new website and new ski at

2018 c-65
The ultimate goal in water ski performance lies in the ability to generate speed, but also to create stability and control through the turn. Water skis have slowly progressed toward this goal, but the c-65 is an absolute quantum leap ahead of the pack. The Denali design team has been at work nonstop using a proprietary prototyping process that has allowed the creation of 14 new designs in the past 16 months, each shape an improvement on the last. By attacking the problem in a holistic instead of piecemeal fashion, a new level of synergy has been found that allows the ski to be incredibly fast and effortless across course, but to be slow and controlled at the buoy.

How did we do it? Let’s run down the list:
  • An even more aggressive concave allows the ski to create more lift than ever before, so when you start to get into your lean, the ski lifts up and GOES! This makes the ski feel incredibly light through the wakes, and gets you high and wide on the boat more easily than ever.
  • By analyzing the flow dynamics of the fin and wing, the S-Wing was designed to create active dynamic stability when coming into the buoy, yet have less drag when you start your pull. As you start your pull, part of the wing becomes inactive as water flows past, allowing the ski to lift and create speed. Coming into the buoy, however, the wing creates increased dynamic stability, making your turns feel slow and controlled. You truly can get the best of both worlds with the S-Wing!
  • Even larger bevels balance the aggressive concave by pulling the ski deep into the water through the preturn, but still allowing the ski to lift and go into the wakes. A redesigned tail bevel gives a secure, deep tail style turn that is both effortless and automatic.
  • Keeping Denali’s matching profile and rocker shape that is known to allow seamless edge changes, an even more aggressive kick point was created under the front heel. A nozzling effect is created behind this kick point, which gives a consistent tip attitude all through the course and makes the sweet spot feel absolutely massive by naturally pulling the ski through the turn.
  • A newly created (and top secret!) flex and torsion measurement system allows the ski’s variable rocker to be dialed in more accurately than ever. This allows the rocker to always keep the designed proportions, no matter how hard the ski is pushed in the turn.

Individually, each one of these improvements is a breakthrough. Together they create a synergy that allows the ski to have incredible dynamic stability through the turn, yet is effortless across the course. The pressure under the ski is controlled in a way that the tail never lifts in the turn, but it stays deep and pushes through as the tip stays low and steers to center. This not only lets you carry speed from the turn into the pull, but slows your downcourse speed in a way that the line always stays tight, even when you are coming into a buoy late and fast.


66 and 67 available now, more sizes soon

Just a side note... this has been the most fun skiing summer of my life so far. I've gained nearly a pass on this ski and it feels like the only thing holding me back is time on the water! At this point I don't really care if anyone buys one... I've got one and that's all that matters B)

Also Caldwell just turned 35 which means after nationals he gets to ski 34mph...If we can convince him to do it. This is him stroking 39 at 36mph on the new ski:


  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    You both look great on the new ski, and your engineering and theory has always been on the mark! Look forward to skiing one!
    Jim Ross
  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,172
    Science baby
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  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    And you added a demo program! Nice! 30 days to try it out!
    Jim Ross
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,172 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Unicorn milk and rainbows????
    Mr. Mom is Horton's favorite movie!
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 599 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @Horton yes probably a unicorn for most people. We're still making the skis ourselves one at a time so once we've reached our manufacturing capacity we'll be limiting how many orders we take.

    @Razorskier1 yes people can demo, although I'm confident that not many skis will come back to us ;)
  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 457 Solid Baller
    @AdamCord so how does the demo plan work????
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 1,848
    @dave2ball .... It's fully explained on their web-site under "How to Try".
    Loving the Reflex Supershell with R Style Rear !!!
  • WishWish Posts: 7,314 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited July 2017

    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 457 Solid Baller
    @Orlando76 @Wish thanks for the info. Looked it up and a199 demo fee little out off line when most others are around 25 plus shipping back.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,314 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @dave2ball it won't won't return it.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • B_SB_S Posts: 205 Solid Baller
    Great, now I have a drool stain on my shirt!
  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 457 Solid Baller
    They may the the science behind the product, but it means nothing if the can't get the ski out there for a reasonable demo cost. Don't know too many skiers who are going to risk 199 plus shipping demo fee for a new ski. If they want people on there product they may have make some consissions to get there skis out there. Just my .02.
  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,329 Mega Baller
    i don't know about the ' risk ' of $200 but as soon as it looks like they have settled on a production version big enough for a big guy i intend to take a trip to wherever they're located and try it in person. getting away from the pnw winter to some place sunny is never a risk so test driving the denali would simply be a mostly free bonus.
  • BlueSkiBlueSki Posts: 533 Crazy Baller
    90% off the previous demo price of $1,995 seems like a pretty good concession.
  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    @Mwetskier - ask them about sizes. I skied many of the earlier versions of the ski, and at 195lbs I was on a 66 because the ski has so much lift.
    Jim Ross
  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,329 Mega Baller
    also i buy totally into their ' gut ' concepts. just in applying them to my own skiing on an entirely different ski brand i can see the honest improvements in my own skiing. that leads me to believe that if their radically different ski design meshes with their outside the box skiing theories then the ski and the theories together might help carry me into my fast approaching old age. and, financially speaking, hope is cheap -so why not indulge myself?
  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 805 Crazy Baller
    I'm down to try one after Nats. $200 to demo is not out of line, a mere drop in the bucket compared to what I spend on skiing in a year.
    Carl Addington, Lakes of Katy, Texas
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 1,848
    edited July 2017
    1st: I think it is cheap to only risk $199 for a chance to have the BEST Ski in the world. Also, only serious skiers will order one, and not tire kickers.

    2nd: I don't believe the Adam's are looking at mass production. They simply want to hand produce one of the BEST Slalom ski's ever. I commend them for this effort. No one will ever get rich doing this. They are building a ski for each individual person, not stocking stores full of skis. They are personally risking more than $199 if a ski is returned. Now it's a used ski and has lost value. Thank You to the Adam's for stepping up and all the effort you Guy's have put into this.

    Loving the Reflex Supershell with R Style Rear !!!
  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 457 Solid Baller
    When they get set a production ski maybe my option may change. I have to admit the ski and science behind it entregs me.
  • IlivetoskiIlivetoski Posts: 1,150 Crazy Baller
    @OB1 You can return an HO and get a full refund minus $50 shipping fee.
  • dave2balldave2ball Posts: 457 Solid Baller
    edited July 2017
    @Bruce_Butterfield I don't need a totorial about skiing. I have been competing since age 10 and have worked on the industry. I am well aware of what and how EP programs worked and how Goode changes skis and the market..
    I'm not stupid please don't talk down to me. You don't know anything about me
    bajaEd_Johnson[Deleted User]Bill22Ilivetoskipgmoore
  • Ralph LeeRalph Lee Posts: 492
    I've never known what a company does with a ski used for 2-3 weeks then returned?
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,637 Mega Baller
    @Ralph Lee they will sell it as used.
    Mark Shaffer
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,453 Crazy Baller
    guys you are forgetting the point here science… science…
    In gear. Hit It. Thank You!
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