As some may know, when I started getting back into this obsession the beginning of this summer, I picked up a used D3 Nomad RCX. I purchased a 68". I am typically mid 180s to a bit higher weight. Strong freeskier who needs to learn more about the course. I got a 68 because I loved my brother's Nomad, and he told me it was a 68.
When I got the ski, it felt long as compared to his. I fiddled with the fin and wing a little and it got a bit better, but still did not have that "Wow, this feels awesome out of the box" feel his had. I am visiting him now, and comparing his 2006 to mine, his is clearly not a 68 as my marked ski is. No wonder mine felt long. It is skiing ok for me, but I think I will feel more comfortable on a 67.
67 " Nomads are getting scarce it seems, so can @Horton or others with experience tell me about the subsequent skis in the same vein, ie, Z7. Z7st, etc.?
I am probably not going to pop for a new fusion, but it seems I could find a good used Z7 or Z7 st in a 67 (or maybe get lucky and find a Nomad RCX still). So basically, I would like to understand the changes made in that line of skis so I can get an idea of what to expect.
Despite Nate's success on an X series, I do not think an X series is for me. I like the ease of getting speed on the Nomad type ski, and like the feel of a ski that is a bit higher in the water, especially since I come from mostly salt water experience if you count all my years skiing. My old Duvall rode lower in the water and was super predictable, but I wanted it to get up and go more. The Nomad felt like it was made for me. So I bet the progression skis from the Nomad will be good for me too.