New KD Platinum = PB

So I've been on the new KD Platinum for a few weeks now and to be honest coming off a current Nano XT I was conservative in my expectations. Out of the box the ski felt really nice, fast side to side and an incredible offside so I could feel the potential straight up. Working with Wayne Briant on binding placement and fin numbers I found some fairly middle of the road settings that work really well. The first hint that this ski is something special came when I started running down wind -35's that have been difficult or not possible (for me) on any other ski. Yesterday after a week of the water I ran my -32 opener on some new settings and I can honestly say I've never had a ski turn and come under the line as well as the KD so I shortened to -35 and ran through it, not perfect but comfortable. I decided to cut to -38 for the first time to see if I could get out of 2 ball which I did, then out of 3, then 4 wide and early for 5 and popped the handle behind the boat going to 6. Sitting in the water at the buoy line looking at 6 was a little bitter sweet but a practice PB and a level of comfort and control at -38 that I've never experienced before. If you get half a chance to run a few sets on this ski then grab it with both hands, Terry Winter and Wayne Briant have turned out and amazingly good ski.
'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

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  • skibugskibug Posts: 1,911
    Thanks for the insight. I am on a Nano 1XT now and plan to try this ski in the spring. I was hoping to hear from someone coming off a Goode. Did you ever get any sensation of the tail blowing out? Would you say the ski comes back under the line as automatice as the Goode, without having to push on it?
    Bob Grizzi
  • auskierauskier Posts: 444 Baller
    edited November 2017
    Can completely agree @ozski . Ive been on it for the last 2-3 weeks. I have not felt this comfortable on a ski in a long time. I had a few gates and 1's at 35 off (58k) last weekend that I have never had before. The 'Terry settings' did not work so well for me and I am currently a bit shorter in length. This ski does nothing crazy, but it just works. Doesnt feel like it sits deep, but happily turns anytime and I would call it a 'fast' and light ski to ride.
    Toby Daff
    ozski
  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 709 Solid Baller
    @ozski what setting are you using?
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,458
    edited November 2017
    Current settings -
    Front Boot - 29.3
    2.490
    6.865
    .740
    8 Degrees

    Ran a 36 MPH skier on these numbers yesterday first time on the ski he was a little unstable on -32 but as he got into -35 / -38 things came together and he finished with [email protected] which is his best practice score -ever.

    @skibug Right now running settings in this range I am skiing better than I ever did on the Goode, the KD feels lighter, faster and turns both sides as well as anything, its also very forgiving if you make a mistake during the turn.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

    skibugbkreis
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,458
    edited November 2017
    Forgot to mention that I am riding the 67 at 170 LBS. Yesterday tried slightly deeper and shorter - 2.500 / 6.850 with the rest of the settings the same as above and these numbers felt even better to me. Ran [email protected] straight off the dock, over turned 3 ball when I just needed to chill. This is my 3rd set in a row where I've had to run -35 down wind and the KD has taken me through it comfortably.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

    Deanoski
  • WishWish Posts: 7,010 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Jodi is a good coach. Looks to me like 10.75 is not to far off from being run. Great skiing.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
    ozski
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,734 Mega Baller
    Nothing like finding that ski that really suits you!!
    Looking really good there.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • rockdogrockdog Posts: 463 Solid Baller
    I love a good fist pump on a new achievement..
    ozski
  • aussiemcaussiemc Posts: 103 Baller
    Great skiing, but I think the boat path may have been out of tolerance :#
    adamhcaldwellAdamCordConorjimski
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,458
    edited February 19
    Yeah point being the ski is super user friendly so I just hope a few people contact @twhisper this year and take the time to demo this ski.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

    Deanoski
  • gavskigavski Posts: 161 Baller
    @ozski - just wondered why you went for the 67 as opposed to the 66”?
    customski
  • skibugskibug Posts: 1,911
    @ozski any more feedback on the ski?
    Bob Grizzi
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,458
    @skibug @gavski I had some downtime through the season with a virus which had a big impact on the amount of passes I could run. So what started out well tapered off but now that I am healthy again i'm happy to report the ski is much more than just a nice honeymoon. I have tried a range of settings over the course of the summer and have ended up back where I started with fairly conservative numbers. I also tried the 66 but it did not suit my style of skiing but it did turn very very well and I know there is another forum member on a 66 who is killing it. So in summary the ski is awesome I'm almost a full pass up on my Nano and into -39 so I have no plans to get off this ski. I'm sure Terry will look after anyone in the US if they need a demo, crazy if you don't.


    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

    bkreisadamhcaldwell
  • bkreisbkreis Posts: 254 Baller
    @ozski wonder who that is.....hmmmmmm
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,458
    Time to come out Brian
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

    bkreis
  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 709 Solid Baller
    @ozski what setting are you using now?
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,458
    @Deanoski

    Front Boot - 29.3-4
    2.490
    6.865
    .740
    8 Degrees

    If you are on or close to these numbers on the 67 the ski should behave really well. @bkreis runs longer and shallow on the 66 with great results but I found those numbers did not work for me at all on the 67, the ski would just bite so hard at the finish of the turn I could not run a full pass on it. Going deeper and shorter works ok and might be worth testing but its not the sort of ski that has you thinking much about setup.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

    bkreisDeanoski
  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 709 Solid Baller
    @ozski front boot 29 3/4
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,458
    No I would suggest between 29.3 and 29.5 on the 67 but its going to depend on the type of boot and how you measure it... I use a T-Factor
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

    Deanoski
  • DeanoskiDeanoski Posts: 709 Solid Baller
    @ozski what is your rear boot measurement?
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,458
    @Deanoski 17.7165 (45cm) Its a hacked up Vector boot
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

  • MSMS Posts: 4,412 Mega Baller
    I now have about 4 sets on a 66 Platinum and I am liking it a lot. Water is starting to warm so short line sets are on the way soon.
    Shut up and ski
    jayskiozskithager
  • thagerthager Posts: 3,932 Mega Baller
    @ms does look really good on it!
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • thagerthager Posts: 3,932 Mega Baller
    @mbabiash What''s wrong? Fat finger?
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • HortonHorton Posts: 24,470 Administrator
    @thager I agree with @mbabiash there is no way @ms looks good on any ski

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  • mbabiashmbabiash Posts: 324 Baller
    edited May 7
    Yes. Fat finger. Sorry
    Horton
  • MSMS Posts: 4,412 Mega Baller
    I can make any ski look good
    Shut up and ski
    jayskiski6jonesHorton
  • MSMS Posts: 4,412 Mega Baller
    The best thing is that you get @twhisper on speed dial to help you dial it in.
    Shut up and ski
    ozskiskidawgskihartHorton
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