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Good on HO, bad on Goode

ScarletArrowScarletArrow Posts: 822 Crazy Baller
edited August 2007 in News & Other Stuff
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Short background and a question...
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I miraculously had my car and all of my ski gear returned to me 2 weeks after being swiped.
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In a 4-5 day window I had ordered a new ski, borrowed a 9700 w/ powershells (correctly sized) for the interim, had my old ski returned, received and returned my new ski having never skied on it.
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Many of you helped me with my dilema in the <a href="http://ballofspray.com/vanillaforum/comments.php?DiscussionID=145&page=1#Item_15">System 8</a> thread.
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Even after my old ski was returned I decided to have a little fun and see if I could ski at the same level on the Goode as I had been on the HO.
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I had been doing really well and progressing with each successive set on the Monza for a period of couple of weeks to where I was ready to tackle 34 mph.
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After skiing a couple of weeks on the Goode - I stink! <img src="/vanillaforum/js/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-embarassed.gif" border="0" alt="Embarassed" title="Embarassed" />
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It took me almost 8 sets to get used to the new binding / ski setup so I could turn comfortably...and after at least 8-10 more sets, I can barely complete 30 when 32 had become a walk in the park for me on the Monza.
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On the 9700, onside is great...smooth, stacked, effortless...BUT...I can't complete the offside turn w/ any angle to save my life...and when I do, I can't hold it across the wake...I either get pulled up out of the stacked position at the completion of the turn...or I if I manage any angle at all I get separated from the handle by the 2nd wake.
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So why the radical difference in performance between the 2 skis?
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<li>This is normal...if you like the Goode setup, just keep skiing and dial it in.</li>
<li>The Goode is revealing weaknesses in my form / ability that the Monza covered up.</li>
<li>The switch from one type of ski AND binding setup to completely different type of setup at the same time is too much change to manage quickly - give it time.</li>
<li>The switch from a ski that is too large - 68 Monza - (I should be 67) to one that is smaller than average (66.25 9700) is too much change to manage quickly - give it time.</li>
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I really like trying out new equipment...and I find positives and negatives with both setups...but I'm thinking of calling it quits on the Goode and finishing out the rest of the season on the Monza...then demo a correctly sized ski next spring when all the new fluff comes out.
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I appreciate any feedback you might have.
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Anthony
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Anthony Warren

Comments

  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
    I did not have the problems you are having with the goode, but after 2weeks and 15 or so sets, I realized that I was trying t o make the goode feel like the Monza. It just never felt as smooth to me as the Monza does, but I think If I would have kept skiing on the goode, I could have skiied it just as well as my ski. There was an article in the USA watereski mag when the interviewed Tynan. He credits most of his success to sticking with the X5 for the last 5 years and dialing in his form on that ski. I believe him. 
  • HortonHorton Posts: 29,537 Administrator
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    If you change bindings and ski at the same time there is just no telling what the deal is. I would guess that with your old bindings you would like the Goode a ton more. You should try the new bindings on the Monza and see what you think. . . . I would bet you hate it.
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     Horton
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  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
    I agree with JTH, 1 change at a time.
  • ScarletArrowScarletArrow Posts: 822 Crazy Baller
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    Thanks for the help guys...I thought it was too much too soon...big drop off followed by small incremental progress.
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    I'll save further experimention for next season.
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    Back on the Wiley's/Monza for the long weekend - sunny skies and 80 degree temps - yee ha!
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    Anthony
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    Anthony Warren
  • Director DarwinDirector Darwin Posts: 381 Baller
    As John and MS can attest, skiing a new ski w/ new bindings = ugly results (at least for me!).
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