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Goode Nano One XT Review

HortonHorton Posts: 28,311 Administrator

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The Goode Nano One XT is already a classic. The XT, along with the original Nano One, have been reissued by Goode because skiers demanded it. Both of the Nano One models are not only hugely successful in terms of skis sold but also in terms of tournaments won.

General Feel: Considering the small size of the ski, you might expect the XT to feel quirky. It is just the opposite. At 180 pounds, I find the 65.25 XT to be extremely stable and predictable.

The ski’s relatively small size means that the skier has the ability to manipulate the ski more than on traditionally sized skis.Perhaps a better way to explain this is that the ski goes where the skier's feet naturally go much more readily than with most other high end skis. The skier has more leverage over the ski. When the rope get short and the skier starts to panic is where this attribute becomes most apparent. The result is that the ski is supremely forgiving when the skier is at their limit.

Toe Side (Off Side) Turn: Off side turns on the XT feel more like a fast pivot than an arc. The front of the ski offers noticeable support before and after the apex of the turn. This gives the skier confidence to move forward approaching the ball and provides stability exiting the turn.

Heel Side (On Side) Turn: On side turns on the XT are nearly foolproof. The skier can approach onside in any number of ways and exit the ball with angle. As with the off side turns, the on side turn is fast and sharp. If a skier is in trouble, he or she can throw caution to the wind and make up a lot of ground on this side.

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From Ball to Second Wake: The XT holds substantial angle from the ball to the second wake. While many other high end skis will punish skiers for adding too much load between the ball and the wakes, the XT will allow the skier to push hard if needed.

One of the perceived negatives of this ski is that it requires more strength from the ball to the wakes than many other high end skis. The XT makes plenty of speed but the skier has to work for it. This is partly do to how fast the ski turns. More arcing turns will put less load on the skier and sharper turns will require a more strength.

From Second Wake to Ball: Typically skis that require more strength also require the skier to have superior technical skills to get wide at the ball. The XT does not fit this stereotype. The ski easily makes space and width on both side of the course even with less than perfect skier technique. This is yet another example of the ski’s extremely forgiving performance attributes.

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Quirk: The XT is more setting and water temperature sensitive than most high end skis on the market. At the beginning of the test period the test ski was set exactly to stock and worked extremely well. As the water cooled off by 10 -15 degrees the performance of the ski dropped off noticeably and the fin had to be adjusted.

Conclusion:
This ski was especially hard to review. Because the XT is unusually forgiving it was challenging to define what the ski does and does not do. I owe thanks to a number of skiers who took my calls last month and talked to me about what I was feeling.

I increased my all time tournament BP by one ball on my third ride on the XT. Clearly, I am a fan of the XT.

 

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,311 Administrator
    Photos by Muffin. Images are B/W because it was cold and cloudy the last time I rode the ski.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,311 Administrator
    Final note on how I feel about this ski

    Ride one - three 32s and three 35s
    Ride two- three 32s and three 35s
    Ride Three - in a tournament - 28,32,35,38 and 3 at 39 a new all time PB (Tournament and Practice).

    I had never legitimately turned 2 at 39 before ever

    Yea I guess the ski is pretty good : )

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  • skiboynyskiboyny Posts: 223 Baller
    Can you elaborate on the "quirk" what needed to be done as far as adjustments?
    MJ1
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,311 Administrator
    I went longer shallower

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  • skiboynyskiboyny Posts: 223 Baller
    Didn't feel it was turning as well on both sides? (longer shallower)
  • lakeaustinskierlakeaustinskier Posts: 354 Solid Baller
    Were there any changes when they reissued the ski? or is it just the same ski?

    Ted Thomson, Austin Texas, Aquaplex
  • jcampjcamp Posts: 802 Mega Baller
    @lakeaustinskier According to the GOODE website, the changes are "new graphics and an enhanced sidewall design that enlarges the sweet spot under the skier’s feet and improves tip-to-tail balance."
    Horton
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,311 Administrator
    @skiboyny I have confess this is one of those skis I really don't understand as well as I would like. As the water temp changes so does the balance. When the balance is right the ski is crazy good. The stock settings are perfect with 80 degree water. As the temps dropped I was less able to flow through the turn. I think it is because the tail of the ski had too much traction but am not really sure.

    Really wish I had a more concise answer.

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  • lakeaustinskierlakeaustinskier Posts: 354 Solid Baller
    @jcamp Maybe I'm jaded about marketing language (I am) but I was hoping for more feedback from people who have tried both skis. I've been on an XT for about three years and Horton's review is spot on. He especially nails the XT's characteristic of having different speeds coming off the ball based on whether the turn is an arc or a pivot.

    Other skis that I've ridden (notably the VTX and Vapor) might be faster in some areas but when I'm at my limit or I really screw something up the XT always makes me feel like I'm still in the pass.
    Ted Thomson, Austin Texas, Aquaplex
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 981 Mega Baller
    edited October 2016

    Did I miss an Rev6 review or what's the deal there?

    FWIW I felt the Rev6 change substantially in the fall water temps as well, though I'm skiing at a much lower level (into 32 off/34mph).
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,311 Administrator
    @jhughes I have not yet done a Rev6 review. Next year?

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  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,523 Mega Baller
    edited October 2016
    Another excellent review. I really appreciate the meticulous process you go through and how you write about skis.

    Fwiw, @MikeT has been moving his bindings forward a touch on his "old" XT as the water has gotten colder, and even now that we're facing freezing cold water, his scores have been close to mid-season form. He played around with some fin settings during the year, but the most success seemed to come from going bindings back for very warm water and forward for very cold water. (He can correct me if I've misstated any of that.)

    I am not trying to claim that's a general tuning concept, but it appears to work for him on the "old" XT.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,311 Administrator
    @Than_Bogan I think there may be some wisdom in that approach. That might be my next adjustment if I were going to tweak more.

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  • DWDW Posts: 2,057 Mega Baller
    @Horton : thanks for the review, nice work. I have found Goode skis seem to respond well to 'tuning' for temperature changes aligning with your review.
    Horton
  • TallSkinnyGuyTallSkinnyGuy Posts: 541 Crazy Baller
    Is it just me or is Horton's spray bigger on this ski than on other skis? Perhaps because of the smaller size of the ski?
    I am good at noticing the really important things (big spray!).
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  • HockdogHockdog Posts: 189 Solid Baller
    Big spray is important.....because chicks dig big spray.
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  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,085
    size matters!
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • wawaskrwawaskr Posts: 239 Solid Baller
    Been on the XT for three years now - every fall when the water cools, I notice what @Horton is talking about. Ski turns different, but faster ball to ball. It sort of grips more in cool water and loses its "smear" ability.
    Matt
  • gmutgmut Posts: 227 Baller
    cooler water equals higher viscosity, deeper fin is affected more than a shallower fin. ski feels way faster but actually might be slower side to side forcing you to ski narrower and turn more down course.......just a thought.
    ozski
  • 303Skier303Skier Posts: 468 Solid Baller
    @Horton can you share some of your fin/boot settings you tried?
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,528 Crazy Baller
    @Horton I would also be curious what changes helped as water temps dropped. Just now trying late model Nano One XT to see how I like it compared to my older Nano One. For now, my on side turns are a little too slow and rounded, but I'msure that is all on me tending to give up the handle too soon, and shutting down the ski some. Bad habit I need to fix.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,311 Administrator
    edited November 2016
    Warm Water
    28.75
    6.830 (tips)
    2.495
    .703
    9

    Cold water settings - same as warm except
    6.88 (tips)
    2.485

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  • wtrskiorwtrskior Posts: 704 Crazy Baller
    @Horton do you usually make this type of adjustment when going to cold water?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,311 Administrator
    No

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  • 303Skier303Skier Posts: 468 Solid Baller
    @Horton Thanks for the settings.

    You were getting tip rise out of your off-side I'm guessing?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,311 Administrator
    @303Skier No not really. Not that I recall.

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  • Interesting... That's a huge adjustment in my book.
  • 303Skier303Skier Posts: 468 Solid Baller
    Anyone running different settings for 36 mph? Interesting how this ski has such a small DFT and Length compared to others.

    Also why is the NANO 1 able to support larger skiers being small in comparison?
  • ZmanZman Posts: 1,528 Crazy Baller
    @Horton Thanks for the cold water settings. Will try them on Friday.
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