Denali C75 Mid Review

HortonHorton Posts: 26,946 Administrator
As stated many many times in the past - the goal of these reviews is to describe more than to judge. With that in mind I am totally stumped. I have NO IDEA what is going on under my feet when I ride the C75.

What I can say is that I am skiing the best of my life by a big margin. For the last 10 years I have run 38 in practice between 10 and 20 times a year. For the last month on the C75 I have run 38 at least once every practice set (except for one set where I was trying different fin settings). Sometimes I run it off the dock and sometimes it takes me 4 tries but either way this is a whole level above my skiing ever before.

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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,287 Mega Baller
    As self-appointed leader of the peanut gallery, I demand more -39s!!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
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  • DangerBoyDangerBoy Posts: 260 Solid Baller
    @Horton Congrats on doing that. That ties your tournament PB right? What's your practice PB?
    I can take anything apart
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,006
    @Horton ... What do you feel are it's main attributes, such as....acceleration off the ball ? turns on a dime ? fast cross course ? shuts down quicker ? large sweet spot ? feels really light ?

    Probably gonna say, "Ya, it does all those things."....Has to be something that really stands out.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 26,946 Administrator
    @Ed_Johnson One of the biggest things is that I can screw up and then often stay in the pass. As I ski on it more I am smoother and smoother at 32 and 35 but I make mistakes at 38 and seem to get away with so much. I suspect that in the end the key factor is going to be the way the ski makes speed into the wakes and then bleeds it back off at the ball.

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  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,006
    @Horton ...Thank you for the response. One last easy question. Do you feel you have to maintain a certain body position to get it to perform, such as a forward stack ??

    As an example, when I tested the NRG and the EVO last year, the EVO was fastest by far but could only attain cross course angle with a good forward stack, where as the NRG allowed you to be all over the place and never punished you...Thanks !!

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  • thagerthager Posts: 4,388 Mega Baller
    No longer on the Denali due to my knee but what I noticed was the ski tip always stayed down saving time on recovery following a mistake.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 26,946 Administrator
    @Ed_Johnson I don't know yet I think it's very forgiving but I think it's easier for me to be in position. Maybe?

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  • CentCent Posts: 133 Baller
    Ed Johnson appreciated your comments on this he NRG. I have one in shipment.
  • coach3coach3 Posts: 57 Baller
    @thager Did the C75 hurt your knee? Front? If so, did you go to another one that felt better?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 26,946 Administrator
    edited July 8
    Out of curiosity I had a friend of mine who runs about a pass less than I do try my C75. The question was would a skier who is not accustomed to trying a lot for skis be able to jump right on it and rip.

    He said he had more space than expected but that the ski was a little bit of work. The ski turned very dependably for him but I am sure my settings are a little too aggressive. The conclusion was - Yes the ski is user friendly enough for anyone to ride and yes he wants to ride it more.

    My settings are likely not perfect for him - I will have Cord cook some different settings before he tries it again.

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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,287 Mega Baller
    edited July 8
    I think I said a similar thing earlier, but in light of your 3 @ -39 I say again: As much as I truly expect this ski to be amazing, running 3 @ -39 is some damn good skiing no matter what you're standing on! Great work and keep it up!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
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  • aspskiaspski Posts: 172 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited July 8
    Not sure if it had been mentioned earlier, but do you run every pass at 36?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 26,946 Administrator
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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,287 Mega Baller
    @Horton is old. Younger than I am, but still old...
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 26,946 Administrator
    very old.

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  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 691 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @Horton I’ll send you my fin adjustment flow chart.

    Just kidding...try taking out a degree of wing angle.
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  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,444 Mega Baller
    You damn kids
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
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  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,006
    STAY OFF MY GRASS !!!

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    One_Ski
  • acmxacmx Posts: 233 Baller
    @Horton , you should let @Dirt ride it to see how others like it.
    Dirt
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,388 Mega Baller
    @Horton Would never get it back from @dirt
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  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,574 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @Horton listen to @acmx not @thager
    I learned everything I know not to do from Horton
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 26,946 Administrator
    @dirt no

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  • Pat MPat M Posts: 642 Crazy Baller
    Wondering if anyone other than @Horton has received their ski yet?
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  • smilinjimsmilinjim Posts: 11 Baller
    Wondering that also, have my balance ready to go.
  • wawaskrwawaskr Posts: 189 Baller
    No one yet??
    Matt
  • phskiphski Posts: 4 Baller
    I believe i'm in the first batch but no word on when they will ship
  • AdamCordAdamCord Posts: 691 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Hey guys sorry to those of you on the wait list who haven’t yet had a chance to order a ski. We got bogged down with me moving from the east coast to the west coast, and Caldwell running around like a mad man working, running Trophy Lakes, starting an Aquapark, breaking records, and building skis. Things are starting to calm down now for us so ski production is picking back up.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 26,946 Administrator
    @AdamCord I have mine so it is cool.

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