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2017 New Stick Advice for Colorado - colder water temps year round

herseyjherseyj Posts: 24 Baller
Looking for a new ski. Currently on a HO S2 67". I am 5'7" 178 lbs. [email protected] off was my best last year. I am stocky from to much wresting and weights as a teen but not "fat". Weight is all around the butt and shoulders. Quads aren't small either from lots of cycling. Any thoughts?

I am demoing a Arc and Arc-S in a 67 right now. Only one session on each and then I had to run out of town for a few days. They are nicer than the S2 from a turn and standpoint but I feel like the ski's are very big and hard to keep the tip down. They still also take some work to bring around. I will work with them to tweak them and make sure I am correctly setup. The S2 has to have a big arc to get it around and I want something a little quicker in the turn. I also think the bottom is screwed from 5 years of putting in an out of the truck. I can't make a rounded turn to save my life anymore and the edges are not so happy. I am in Denver where the water is cold. Late June the temp get to 68, July 74, August 78 if lucky and September it drops quick. You lucky guys in the south with all that warm water make me jealous.

Seems like people don't like the Goode XT in cold water and I have to guess our water is always classified cold. I want to try one but hate to bother them with sending one out. Heck I want to try them all before spending $1600+ on a stick.



  • gregygregy Posts: 2,583 Mega Baller
    I ski through the winter on a 2016 Lithium Vapor with out much difference. Only time I noticed a difference was late summer when the water got really hot. I'm 6'2" 170lb on a 67" Are you a 34mph or 36 mph? I the Arc seems a little wider, I wonder if a 66 wouldn't be better for you?
  • brettmainerbrettmainer Posts: 273 Crazy Baller
    I like my XT just as well in cold water as warm water. Maybe even better in cold water.
  • herseyjherseyj Posts: 24 Baller
    34.2. I'm 46 pretending to be 26.
  • schaferschafer Posts: 312 Solid Baller
    I liked my 16 lithium vapor and even more so my probuild vapor in cold water in Alberta. My new practice best was in a drysuit last fall. 6'0 170lbs on a 66" Vapor 36 mph
    Quest for the Purple Loop
  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 867 Crazy Baller
    I am on a 67" ARC-S, weigh 10lbs less than you and don't have a problem keeping the tip down.

    When the tip is up in the turn, it's because I'm pushing the ski through the turn with my back foot.

    If you aren't pushing your turns with your back foot, you might want to look at some new fin numbers.
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,358 Mega Baller
    Vapor ProBuild here. It LOVES the cold water of northern WI. From 65-80 degrees, I don't notice much change in it. Below 65 you lose a bit of smear at the turn finish but pick up acceleration.
  • lpskierlpskier Posts: 2,698 Mega Baller
    I came up from a winter in Orlando to Northern NY. Probably a 25 degree change in water temp. My Mapple T3 seems to love the cold as much as I do. No fin or binding change and the ski still rips.
    John Wilkins- Si non pro sanguine quem ludus ne. #iskiconnelly
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