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Your ski might be terrible, and your settings are worse.

HortonHorton Posts: 30,403 Administrator
edited April 2 in Skis Fins Bindings
Ok the title of this thread is “click bait” but it also might be true.

Doing what I do - I am lucky enough to ride a LOT of skis and have super smart guys help me set them up. The fact that 99% of you have no choice but to buy a ski off the shelf and live with it for a year or two seems crazy to me. Ok so I am super freaking lucky to do what I do but that is NOT my point.

If my ski collection was stolen and the web site went bankrupt and I had to buy a ski and live with it I would do the following…. and this is what I think you guys should all do every spring. Have all your ski friends set their fin / bindings to bone stock and then trade skis with each other. Ride your friends ski for a whole weekend and try to make it work and then the next weekend trade with someone else. Do it for a few weekends. Feel the other skis. See what they do better or worse then your own ski. See how each ski works with the stock settings.

When it is all over you might be super happy or super sad when you get back to your own ski. Either way you will know what you have. Also you just might learn something unexpected.

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Comments

  • DekeDeke Posts: 403 Baller
    A ski commune!
    SlalomSteve
  • skibrainskibrain Posts: 219 Solid Baller
    Our ice went out just last week. Imagine if your “spring” - at best - started mid to late April (that’s crazy cold drysuit weather for a few weeks followed by merely cold weather until end of May). That gives us a stretch of 4 months here in MN, until it is sort of crazy colder weather for another month and a half before boats get winterized.

    There is a serious urgency to get something working great ASAP - optimizing scant time on the water. I hear the “try a bunch of skis” sentiment. Cool idea if I skied in big blocks of time in an endless summer. But therein lies the beauty of BOS: helping to find best regarded gear with input on setups, if not stock, that maximize fun and time on the water. I value that.
    phntmskiDyscoDanEBrennanKMN
  • ClydesdaleClydesdale Posts: 213 Solid Baller
    Experimented with several skis this winter. There is no perfect ski, but from each we learn. I get it.
    ballsohard
  • Skoot1123Skoot1123 Posts: 2,048 Mega Baller
    @skibrain - in that case (MN winter and short summer) come on down to Orlando during spring break! Get some lessons with Matt Rini and go to Performance Ski and Surf for gear shopping (it is a candy store). Demo some skis while you are at it! Not only will you be getting some awesome coaching but you will get top notch service at Performance ski and surf.
    skibrainBlueSki
  • WDKinleyWDKinley Posts: 18 Baller
    @Horton is out here turning ballers into ski swingers hahahahaha
    HortonClydesdaleBroussardbraindamage
  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 971 Mega Baller
    @horton On top of having 4 less months to ski, I know my issues aren't the ski. I need to correct all those bad habits like poor stack before I waste time with settings or trying other skis.

    Besides, isn't trying other skis like cheating on your wife? :smile:
    DyscoMISkier
  • skiboynyskiboyny Posts: 261 Baller
    You have figured out that your very fortunate in the equipment department, but it still hasn't dawned on you what a perfect ski situation you have. It's not easy for everyone to get water time due to a whole variety of situations. It can be tough to verify fin settings let alone conduct that experiment.
    Dysco
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,428 Crazy Baller
    edited April 3
    Like @skiboyny said..........if you struggle with different conditions every day, head/tail/cross, it's tough to to determine what you're doing. However what @Horton said has merit, IF!
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
    skiboynyDysco
  • BlueSkiBlueSki Posts: 865 Mega Baller
    I can see the benefit of this. A number of years ago I bought a used Connelly GT and a used ‘14 Vapor. A buddy of mine did the D3 demo, getting a quest and helix. We skied all four in one weekend. Even without messing with fins, it was pretty easy to figure out which ones worked for us and which ones did not. I sold the GT, kept the green Vapor, and that started a series of years of success on Vapors for me.
    HortonSkoot1123
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,063 Mega Baller
    I like your idea but I ski a 68 and my ski partners ski shorter. Nobody on my lake skis a 68.
    Mark Shaffer
    Than_BogandchristmanDirtDysco
  • DyscoDysco Posts: 56 Baller
    Sounds great for people who are riding the same size skis, and have almost unlimited time year around and perfect conditions. Typically trying skis and settings for that demographic of the ski world hasn't been a huge issue.
    That said, I once crammed my feet into the bindings of my buddy's newest ski and fell in love. I had my own in two weeks, only 260 away on serial number. Despite identical settings (and many others) mine never felt or performed close to how his did. So. . there's even more sand in the vaseline. Ski's are often as individual as we are.
    ISP6ballBG1
  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,403 Administrator
    edited April 5
    @Dysco I'm sure that's a true story but with many brands the ski should be very similar from ski to ski.

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  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 971 Mega Baller
    @Dysco Maybe you need your buddies bindings too.
    Horton
  • kmenardkmenard Posts: 167 Baller
    I forgot my boot one day and jumped on my friends ski that is bigger, different brand, RFF, and Double boot.

    Hilarity ensued.
  • DyscoDysco Posts: 56 Baller
    @DaveD size 11's into a 9 worked for only a very short time. But your point does have merit. Identical can't be identical unless they are...identical.
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