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Connelly team skiers not on GTR

jercranejercrane Posts: 321 Crazy Baller
edited May 2019 in Skis Fins Bindings
Seems like no one other than Joel has made the switch to the GTR (Sacha, Siani, Manon, others?). At least not at the Swiss Proam. What's up with that? Not turning out to be what they hoped? Does it require a big change in skiing style? Anyone have a perspective on this? Just curious


  • jercranejercrane Posts: 321 Crazy Baller
    I guess Thibaut is on the GTR. so maybe it more like 50/50 . Hmmm
  • DanEDanE Posts: 902 Crazy Baller
    Like @jercrane pointed out it looked like Thibaud is on the GTR.
    For skiers at the level of Sacha and Manon we can never really know what ski they use.
    Unless you are an industry insider.
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 321 Crazy Baller
    Not sure I buy that you can't know what ski they are on. Its pretty clear from the graphics which ski is which and there is no way Connelly is putting old graphics on a new ski if you are thinking they might be skiing on a GTR that looks like GT. Connelly's main goal in sponsoring is to sell gear. Having skiers on old gear doesn't really help that. Old graphics even less so.
  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,211 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited May 2019
    Sometimes pro skiers are on prototypes that have old graphics on them. In other cases, they sometimes prefer an older model and simply don't want to change. I remember Nate sticking with one of the D3 skis for quite a while after a new one came out, and Regina has been on the Goode XTR for a long while. At one point, CP had moved to Goode and they were having trouble getting him a ski he liked, so he skied on his old HO Monza spray painted black.
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,525 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    I am die hard Monza fan but @CParrish43 did not have fun on that ski. He can correct me if wrong but I don’t think he ever painted a Monza
    Shut up and ski
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 5,525 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    I think he also set the WR twice on the Goode
    Shut up and ski
  • mylemskymylemsky Posts: 108 Baller
    Last year's Magic Malibu looked like Sacha skied a GT Rd 1, red prophecy Rd 2.
    Sorry didn't ski, ripped.
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,083 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited May 2019
    @Horton is right, the classic example is the ski that the Italian Pro skier is on, (no name on purpose)that ski is made for him, it is not a ski that you would be able to purchase from a retail outlet.

    If Only I Was Perfect

  • ryno65ryno65 Posts: 33 Baller
    A guy I knew back about 15yrs or so, had a prototype that was laid up with the graphic from a combo set, for giggles.
  • aspskiaspski Posts: 207 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Happens in a lot of sports. If you are a hockey guy, Connor McDavid still wears a 2-3 year old pair of CCM skates instead of going with the most brand new. If you are really comfortable with something it can be hard to change.
  • ballsohardballsohard Posts: 269 Solid Baller
    edited May 2019
    @aspski I love how CCM doesn't even throw FT2 graphics on Mcdavid's skates. Seems like all big-name athletes that are sponsored in every sport can sometimes hate changing the "feel" of their gear at all! But as mentioned above it's insane that these companies don't at least make sure that everyone has updated graphics.
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 321 Crazy Baller
    I agree change is hard and when you are at that level in a very physically demanding and perfection demanding, performance sport making a change can be even harder. Taking a step back to take more steps forward is very hard.

    Which is actually a very interesting philosophical question for gear geeks (myself included) to consider.

    Do you really need that new ski? Probably not if like me 99.999% of my problems are ability and technique.
    And if not what does that mean for the industry? Like we need these companies to keep selling skis and gear so they keep innovating but if the vast majority of us really don't need that innovation ...


  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,584 Mega Baller
    @jercrane If your goal is to get better, investment in coaching, fitness, diet, training, and equipment setup will all bring more benefit than new equipment. BUT new equipment is easier than most of those -- especially since most of us have pretty good jobs such that saving up $2k is far less effort than seriously improving diet (for example).

    AND new equipment is just fun. In the end, we're all doing this for fun.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 321 Crazy Baller
    I do love new gear ...
  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,618 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    I have a Mapple T2 with T3 graphics.
    I have a question for everyone. How often has a new ski improved your skiing in the long run?

    The reason I ask is I have been on the same ski for many years and the ski works great. I think I might move backward on a new ski.

    I learned everything I know not to do from Horton
  • RednucleusRednucleus Posts: 377 Crazy Baller
    @Dirt won't know unless you try! Can always go back to Old Faithful if you choose.
  • Pat MPat M Posts: 721 Crazy Baller
    @Dirt I'm afraid of just what you said. I'm still on my Mapple 6.0 and have a hard time deciding to move on. Still working for me.
  • KelvinKelvin Posts: 1,187 Mega Baller
    Tried a few newer skis before last season, but ended up going back to my Mapple T2. PBd on it within 3 weeks of going back.
    Kelvin Kelm, Lakes of Katy, Katy Texas
  • jcampjcamp Posts: 837 Mega Baller
    My last new ski resulted in an increase in my PB of three buoys and boosted my average by 3.5.
    Than_BoganDirtPat M
  • brettmainerbrettmainer Posts: 273 Crazy Baller
    To answer @Dirt question, for me, 3 times. KD7000 in 1996. Goode 9500 in 2003 and Goode XT in 2014. I have gone backwards since I got off the XT for sure.
  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,618 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @jcamp what ski did you get the pb on and what were you on before?
    I learned everything I know not to do from Horton
  • jcampjcamp Posts: 837 Mega Baller
    @Dirt XTR from an XT and ReV 6.
  • JetsetrJetsetr Posts: 384 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I have a couple of “items” in my shop that have “prototype” as part of the VIN number...pre production units that have old graphics to hide what they really are. Things are not always what they appear to be....
    Every industry does that...
  • WishWish Posts: 7,974 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Had a Mapple ski way back when with a slideable metal plate on the front so one could adjust rocker stiffnes . Horrible ski for many reasons and an OTF maker. But it was the one Andy was riding so it must be good. Saw him at a pro tour stop that same year. From a distance...same ski. :) Up close...his metal plate was just a poorly painted on graphic :o
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 4,125 Mega Baller
    @Wish Tell me it at least had a piezo!
  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,618 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Connelly went from almost nobody riding them in tournaments to really popular in a couple years. I liked the orange prophesy better than the gt i tried but have not tried the gtr
    I learned everything I know not to do from Horton
  • Onside135Onside135 Posts: 418 Crazy Baller
    @Dirt maybe you should just ask @Horton to borrow one of his for awhile.?.?.?
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