S2 Review - Day 1

HortonHorton Posts: 31,680 Administrator
edited May 2012 in Reviews
I had tried the ski before with wrong settings.... went out today with stock settings... I hope it is not just a honeymoon because first impression is really really good. Details to come...

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,680 Administrator
    edited May 2012
    @Dirt
    No I will not send you the ski

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  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 6,066 Mega Baller
    @Horton 67.5?
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,680 Administrator
    yep

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  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
    The S-2 is the real deal! Sure like mine?
  • Ham_WallaceHam_Wallace Posts: 533 Solid Baller
    I want it!
    Am I a jumper that wants to be a slalom skier? Or a slalom skier that wants to be a jumper?
  • SkihackSkihack Posts: 448 Baller
    Like Horton says above about it being a honeymoon. I've seen countless skiers buy a ski after two weeks, then start disliking it. Why I won't do ride before you buy. You need more than two weeks to try a ski, unless you ski 6 times a day.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,680 Administrator
    @skimech that is exactly why ski test take weeks and I try to not say too much in the beginning.
    Also why the old ski tests I did years ago with 15 skiers over 3 days were the wrong idea.

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  • Ham_WallaceHam_Wallace Posts: 533 Solid Baller
    Horton,

    My daughter has moved to LA and I'm coming to visit!
    Am I a jumper that wants to be a slalom skier? Or a slalom skier that wants to be a jumper?
    Hipsup
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,680 Administrator
    I have got to say I am not looking forward to writing a review on this ski.

    With most skis I have to adjust my skiing a little or think about something specific more than other skis. That is how I break down the details in my head.

    So far on the S2 I am just skiing and skiing good. Maybe HO will forgive me if I just say "The S2 Rocks"

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  • WishWish Posts: 8,462 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Wing? What boots?
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,680 Administrator
    Yes and Strada

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  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
    The S-2 does Rock!
  • The_MSThe_MS Posts: 6,625 Member of the BallOfSpray Hall Of Fame
    Dont be using my patented line.
    Shut up and ski
  • Not_The_PugNot_The_Pug Posts: 663 Crazy Baller
    Horton,

    Can you give your stock measurements? I know they have changed them since I got mine.
    Thanks,
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,680 Administrator

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  • countymountiecountymountie Posts: 121 Baller
    @ Horton
    How does the S2 compare to a Strada? Currently I'm on a Strada 55 looking for a ski with an easier off side. Also, I noticed that you are on the 67.5 . From what i've read, the 67 is practically a different ski made for "big" boys. ???
  • JC McCavitJC McCavit Posts: 503
    Ski Review? How many buoys did you gain in a tournament on this particular review ski? Did you set a new PB? Did a Pro set a new world record on the ski you reviewed?
    JC McCavit
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,314 Mega Baller
    Horton does not PB offten because he is a ski whore.
  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 1,125 Mega Baller
    Horton did they soften the S2 up some since last fall. I saw one of Badals skis that had a 1 inch groove about 1/8 inch deep down the top of the ski from the fin box all the way to in front of the front boot to soften it up. Heard alot of talk about them being too stiff.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,680 Administrator
    @teammalibu what you saw as typical R&D. The factories do stuff like that all the time.

    As for the flex I do not have anything to compare against.

    The ski I am on is impressing me a lot. No BS- I really do not know how I am going to give this ski an objective review because it is so easy to ski well on it. Most of the time when I am testing skis I am thinking about what the ski is doing.... it is just there doing what it should.

    As for the famous Honeymoon effect. I think I am past that on the S2.

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  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,297
    Here are the flex numbers on my 2012 S2. 67.5"

    75-113.5-141-149
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,680 Administrator
    edited May 2012
    @JC McCavit
    It just does not work that way. I ski about 4 @ 38 on average - on any and every ski I I try. When I am skiing extra good I will get a little more. The idea of ski testing is to define what makes each ski different.

    Some skis are faster or more stable or require or forgive this that or the other thing.

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  • konakona Posts: 528 Baller
    @bananaron "what is a ski whore?????can I get one"

    POST OF THE DAY ha ha ha
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  • WishWish Posts: 8,462 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I did speak with Badal months ago. He said there was a run of 67.5s that were stiff. I've owned an s2 for some time now. 65.5. Do to medical crap, not much skiing has happened lately and I've been weak. Been fighting an infection for a month now in the leg that doesn't have lymph nodes do to Melinoma years back (go get checked BTW!!! ). Even in a weakened state this ski is great. Almost better then when I was running full strength. At full strength I was working the ski. Pushing on it here and there and then muscling my way out of what I caused. At 3/4 strength I didn't have it in me to do so. It skies better when not pushed or driven I think. Feels like it runs the course for you. Havnt had it past 35 but the 35s are much easier when I let the ski do all the work. It's like it has it's own tracking GPS device and knows where it should be and when. Having skied on a bunch of other skies last summer, this one seems to have a little piece of what's good in each. Easy to ski/forgiving like D3, holding angle of a Strada, and the speed of a Goode. All of these come in handy when ya feel like crap.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • Steven_HainesSteven_Haines Posts: 1,079 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Horton,
    What happened to the S2 review? I already know the ski rocks, just interested to hear your thoughts on the ski.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,680 Administrator
    Yea I know. This spring has been extra crazy. I am working on it.

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  • Steven_HainesSteven_Haines Posts: 1,079 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I know, your a very busy man!
  • wskierwskier Posts: 122 Baller
    Horton if you stopped going to stupid events like the Masters. You could work on your Ski Reviews. Thanks for the web site. It's been a while since I posted but read it everyday.
    I'm following your lead I'll be at the U.S. Open at Olimpic Club In San Francisco instead of working on my golf swing. (waterskiing and golf not a match made in heaven handicapp goes up as soon as the boat comes out)
  • JASJAS Posts: 323 Crazy Baller
    So what's up? Just wondering
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,680 Administrator
    edited June 2012
    I sort of failed at ski testing this spring. Two things went wrong.

    1) too much other stuff going on. Not enough time on the water.
    2) freak'n ski is so darn good I can not figure out what to say.

    So I am working on the writeup.

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