The WhisperFin install and first rides

HortonHorton Posts: 32,665 Administrator
edited April 2019 in Reviews

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  • Ryota Ryota Posts: 134 Solid Baller
    That 32 with Whisper Fin looked a lot faster acceleration than stock fin.
    Alvin_Neff6balls
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,400 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    edited April 2019
    I really like the look of it and idea of no calipers and would buy, but I have a issue sort of, currently skiing a Radar Pro Bulid, but liking the look of the D3 Evo, not sure if I will change, now at 299 dollars thats a big wedge for a fin when you might change ski and require a different thickness fin.
    Wouldn,t it be fantastic if it came with a fin block that fitted all skis, requiring just one thickness fin.
    Then I would drop the dollars.
    This is not a rant , because I really do like it, just the difference in thickness Kinda puts me off.

    Looking Forward To Getting On The Water, It Has Been A Bleak Winter

    Ryota
  • PatMPatM Posts: 877 Crazy Baller
    During the silent movie part I was hearing ragtime piano in my head
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  • jimskijimski Posts: 622 Crazy Baller
    Looks like your ski rides a little flatter with the whisper fin.
    That's one he'll of a on side turn
  • BobFBobF Posts: 252 Crazy Baller
    Wow, that looks great! Drop in and go, no less.

    @Stevie Boy I had the same thought. I'm on a D3, but considering a Radar. Given that the CG fin does not make a distinction between the thickness of their fin for D3 vs Radar, I wonder if one of them would be "good enough" for both? (and which one?)

    Full disclosure - I already pulled the trigger and ordered the D3 version anyway. If I switch skis, I'm sure someone will take if off my hands. :smile:
  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,665 Administrator
    What was amazing is that I could set up a ski without the real tools. Honestly my skiing is not where I want it to be at the moment regardless of the fin. I will ski again Wednesday and see if I can straighten me out so I can better assess the settings.

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  • Texas6Texas6 Posts: 2,197
    You appeared to have a small hitch at the finish of your offside turn on your stock fin. It disappeared after you changed fins
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  • skialexskialex Posts: 1,379 Mega Baller
    @Stevie Boy I don’t think that a one fin block fits all is really possible, fits most yes. Goodes or older Maple skis for example have different hole pattern than most of the rest of the manufacturers.
    Also usually the fin slot on the ski is cut for the specific fin thickness. It could give you some room for thicker or thinner fin but not every fin goes through every ski’s slot.
    It’s a bummer to have to buy a new fin every time you buy a ski from a different manufacturer but then again a maybe 2-3 years old fin would not look good on a new ski. :)
  • skiepskiep Posts: 375 Crazy Baller
    He sells two different thickness One is like .080 and one .095
  • ski6jonesski6jones Posts: 1,331 Mega Baller
    @Stevie Boy not sure a fin w/block would be that much cheaper than 2 fins.
    Carl Addington, Cedar Ridge, MS
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  • GarnGarn Posts: 602 Crazy Baller
    So is it worth the money? @Horton, was there a significant difference in the feel between the two fins?
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,575 Mega Baller
    After riding some of the Proto types, Jay is definitely onto something
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  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,297 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Horton, your offside seems to be smoother and without any of the slight nose dig that I seem to remember. I'm curious, what changes would you make now?
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,400 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    So if you brought the thinner fin and had a couple of shims that you could super glue on for a wider slot would that work ,only problem is getting hold of 7 1/2 thou shims, possible ?

    Looking Forward To Getting On The Water, It Has Been A Bleak Winter

  • mbabiashmbabiash Posts: 645 Crazy Baller
    If I remember correctly. If in doubt buy the thinner fin. It will fit in all fin slots. Fin block should center the fin.
    BobF
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 1,225 Mega Baller
    Super cool stuff. The 19 PB is such an easy/brilliant ski to ride that I can't imagine it being any better than stock.
  • evolskievolski Posts: 67 Baller
    @Stevie Boy I have a thin Schnitz fin on a reflex and to manage it I took a pie tin and cut 3 small square pieces and folded it over the fin to fit snug in the slot. Works great, done it on 3 skies now. able to adjust as normal (Reflex is very sensitive to changes such as water Temp). May work here. or not.
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 635 Crazy Baller
    That's really cool. A fin that is easier to set up and ski well right away is really amazing. I am becoming more and more tempted as time moves forward. Now that @SkiJay has shipped out the first batch of fins I'm sure we will be hearing more reviews here.
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,400 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    @SkiJay thankyou for a clear explanation, I guess it,s the right fin for the right ski from my point of view.

    Looking Forward To Getting On The Water, It Has Been A Bleak Winter

  • JC McCavitJC McCavit Posts: 503
    @Horton Any chance you can confirm your results using a Radar fin block, and are you using the fin thickness designed for the Radar in your MAD fin block mounted on your Vapor?
    JC McCavit
  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,665 Administrator
    edited April 2019
    @JC McCavit good eye. Yes Jay sent me the thicker fin so I'm using my MAD fin block.

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  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    Radar skis and fin blocks are cut to very close tolerances. Occasionally, they can be quite tight even for the thinner fin. If your fin, standard fin or WhisperFin, doesn't move around easily when the fin clamping bolts are loose (on any ski for that matter), read this post to see how to make fin adjustments without damaging your fin: https://finwhispering.com/tight-fin/
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,665 Administrator
    Full disclosure.... cut @SkiJay some slack on the thickness thing. the fin I have isn't really really final production. And we probably just confused it.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,665 Administrator
    So we're going to continue this review without calipers.

    My feeling after two rides on the original settings is that the ski is a little loose at apex but if I ride the middle of the ski and don't push turns are pretty darn amazing. I notice that I'm not carrying as much line tension out to the ball and my trusty boat driver @Rico Suave commented that he doesn't feel me past centerline. I'm totally tempted to make multiple changes but for now I've moved my bindings forward 1/10"

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  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,722
    Spoke with a guy a few weeks ago in Florida that made similar comments about the turn stability. If it's loose at -32 its going to be interesting at -38 so it will be interesting if you can tune it or adapt. Maybe a bit less DFT :)
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  • paul413skipaul413ski Posts: 219 Baller
    A without calliper set up and the ski and skier look really balanced
  • JASJAS Posts: 334 Crazy Baller
    Looks like reduced fin surface area. Other than holes, is the size and shape it whisper fin similar to this fin from 25 years ago?
    jimski
  • HortonHorton Posts: 32,665 Administrator
    edited April 2019


    In the above video I am still following the instructions that come with the fin. I have basically inched my front binding forward every couple of rides and at this point I feel like I've gone too far. My next move is to move the bindings back a click and add some depth.

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    Rich
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