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