Impressions from one ride on a Syndicate Pro

HortonHorton Posts: 25,050 Administrator
edited October 2017 in Ski Tests
I had the chance to take a quick set on a 66” Syndicate Pro today. There is not video. This is not my ski and it had settings dialed for a 17 year old girl. First impressions are dangerous and often wrong but since I only got 6 passes on the ski, here they are.

I ran three 32s, two 35s and then 3 @ 38. My impression is that I could really run some 38s on this ski. This may very well be the best HO since the A1.

The darn thing turns great on both sides. The front of the ski pulls in more than the tail slides.

The on side is potentially crazy awesome. I can imagine using the on side turn of this ski as a crutch when I am in trouble at my hardest pass.

I am not sure if the ski is really fast or not since I was on the 66 and should likely be on the 67? The 66 did not feel small but it required more strength then a lot of other skis. I had no issue getting wide enough but it was a bit of work. This is not really a bad thing and it may just be a matter of settings. At 180 I think the 66 would work for me. I have no idea about the 67.

The tip of the ski is supportive and will not crush you if you put too much energy into the off side turn. In other words if you go too hard at apex the tip is buoyant / firm enough to keep moving and not break you in half.

The one thing I found out right away is you have to keep your shoulders level from the edge change to the apex. If you move to the inside before the ball this ski will make a radical turn back to the wakes. Once I set my focus to keeping my shoulders level and head up into the ball I was rewarded with very comfortable preturns followed by snappy turns.

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  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 3,876
    I love my 66" and agree with your first impressions...I knew it had potential after the first set...first ski I have run 38' in in two years.

    What were the fin settings?
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,050 Administrator
    @scotchipman

    I think that ski is set to

    66
    29 3/8, .75, 6.85, 2.480

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  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,511 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    impressions from reading one review-stop stealing skis from minors. I'm telling her father.
    I learned everything I know not to do from Horton
    ricojayskiozskivtmecheng
  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 3,876
    edited October 2017
    Thanks @Horton. My 66" is currently at 6.950", 2.436", 0.760" (Slot), 7.5°, and 29 3/8". I really like how it is working so far.
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    - Owner at Still Water Lake Estates
    Luzz
  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 796 Crazy Baller
    Sounds awesome @Horton . I am just jealous that you are still skiing and I winterized my boat yesterday:( might have to give that ski a try tho.
  • auskierauskier Posts: 446 Baller
    I am in the process of trying to track one down. I have been told the 66" measures out to a 67", but that is not unusual for some HO skis in recent years and im currently on a 66 HO.
    At 145-150 and skiing at 36, should I be considering a 65? weight @scotchipman? and I assume you are at 34.
    Toby Daff
  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 3,876
    @auskier Yes skiing at 34 mph, 155 lbs.
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  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 3,876
    *Bump, surprised there is not more talk about this ski, I still love my 66"! @Horton you should track down a 67" and give it a rip, the 66" is very likely too small for you. :)
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  • lakeho26lakeho26 Posts: 17 Baller
    Everyone is too busy enjoying it ! only a couple weeks on the pro this year but very happy with the ski!
    scotchipman
  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 3,876
    What ski were you on before the Pro @lakeho26?
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  • lakeho26lakeho26 Posts: 17 Baller
    2015 v-type 65'' moved to a 66'' with the pro
    MickeyThompson
  • coach3coach3 Posts: 23 Baller
    anyone on this ski?
  • IlivetoskiIlivetoski Posts: 1,118 Crazy Baller
    I am. Very good ski. struggled with the offside, put my fin & boots at @Luzz numbers and the ski came alive
    Luzz
  • jayskijayski Posts: 582 Crazy Baller
    Been on a 67 for about 6 weeks, offside is amazing, onside is strong...Carry's speed through the turn well and is pretty forgiving. HO did a great job with the Syndicate Pro
    LuzzDaveD
  • JrbeeksJrbeeks Posts: 19 Baller
    sorry to bring this thread back up but I am curious how people have felt going smaller. based on my size, I should be on a 68 but I was curious about the turn of a 67 so I demo'd a 2017 pro build that turned like the dickens but I seem to have zero stability on it. That's mostly on me but my 68' A3 doesn't have the same stability issues. it just doesn't turn near as nice
    DaveD
  • jayskijayski Posts: 582 Crazy Baller
    @Jrbeeks man if I knew there was skiing in Brooks I would of came for a set, stayed there last week for a evening/night on my way through...In regards to the "turning" of the 67 it turns and is stable, last year I rode a 68" to try and am 185lbish and had no issues turning that ski either...What is your settings on the 68" A3?
  • JrbeeksJrbeeks Posts: 19 Baller
    30.5, 6.84, 2.51, .785
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