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My trip to the Goode Factory to see the NANO ONE

HortonHorton Posts: 28,332 Administrator
edited August 2012 in Reviews

Last weekend, I traveled to the Goode factory in Ogden, Utah to find out what all the fuss was about with this new ski called the NANO ONE.  Dave Goode gave me a tour of the factory, and then he took me to his lake for a test ride on the new ski. I want to thank you to Dave and Dawn Goode for their hospitality.

Below is what I learned about the ski.

At Goode skis, Dave Goode oversees every detail. Every product has his name on it and Dave takes that seriously. Idealistic performance goals drive every decision. Compromise is not something that Dave is known for. The result of his stubborn idealism is a product line that has been ridden to more titles and records than any other ski company in recent history.

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Lurking across town from the Goode factory is professional skier Nick Parsons. Nick is perhaps the Yin to Dave Goode’s Yan. While Dave is keeping the company on track, Nick is wondering if he could mount a rocket booster to his bindings. One would assume that Nick identifies with Wiley Coyote.  When Dave is not looking, Nick is apt to grind, file or hacksaw prototype skis. Nick’s aggressive tinkering balanced against Dave’s calm has resulted in some ground breaking skis. The Goode Wide Ride started as a project to address Nick’s skiing style. The Goode Mid Ride evolved from the Wide Ride and has been one of the most successful skis on the market in the last few years.

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Conventional wisdom today says that skis need to get longer and wider for heavier or taller skiers; narrower and shorter for lighter or shorter skiers. Following this logic Nick who is 6’4 and 205 pounds needs a pretty big ski. Normally, a ski for Nick is going to have a larger turning radius than a shorter ski. Wanting a ski with a smaller turning radius for a bigger skier lead the team at Goode into a new way of thinking about ski design. 

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Most skiers will ride the 65” NANO ONE. There is a larger version for the “big boys” but generally speaking this ski is “one size fits all”. The NANO ONE is not as wide as a Goode Mid Ride, but it is a little wider than the Goode traditional shaped ski. The extra width of the NANO ONE allows this shorter ski to stay up on the water.

The other trick to giving a short ski to a big man is keeping the ski from sinking and overturning at the ball line. The NANO ONE has relatively little inward taper from the bindings forward which causes the ski to ride at an almost constant attitude as the skier’s weight moves forward or backward.  Turn radii are consistently sharp and nearly automatic.

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The NANO ONE was roughed out by Nick and fine-tuned by Dave. Accepted ski design parameters say that a ski designed around a 6’4” man, who runs deep  41 off, is not going to work for the average skier. This is where we come to the “eureka!” moment:  on the NANO ONE, the distance from the bindings to the tail is about the same distance as a traditional ski designed for a 120 lb. woman. This allows for tight radius turns. In addition, the broad straight fore body is remarkably insensitive to skier weight.  The result is that a skier’s weight is far less critical on the NANO ONE compared to any ski before it, and it provides small ski turns to skiers of all sizes. This combination of unlikely paired design elements has produced a ground breaking short line slalom ski.

The early reviews and buzz around this ski are staggering. A full BallOfSpray review will take a number of weeks, but I will say that I matched my personal best the first time I rode the NANO ONE. 

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Comments

  • JC McCavitJC McCavit Posts: 499
    Dave looks a little like the guy from Saturday Night Live. What was in the brownies at the bakery?
    JC McCavit
  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,014 Crazy Baller
    edited August 2012
    Great write up!!! Looking forward to your review!
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,056 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Really looking forward to the review, did they just hand you a ski all setup or did you have to set the ski up yourself.
    Was your setup "factory" for bindings and fin ?
    My N1 should show up around the 23rd August, starting to look forward to it, somebody recently suggested, the ski that I am on, looks a bit soft and maybe not doing me to many favours.

    When The Going Gets Tough, Get Stoked !

  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,043
    edited August 2012
    @Horton, What constitutes "big boy" if Parsons is on the smaller of the two skis? How do you know which size to buy/try?
    Bob Grizzi
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,332 Administrator
    @Stevie Boy
    We double checked the fin settings and I mounted my bindings there at the factory. I have not moved it since.

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  • Razorskier1Razorskier1 Posts: 3,425 Mega Baller
    how does a guy as vertically challenged as @Horton with all that hair run 2 at 39? Or maybe Dave and Nick are just really tall?
    Jim Ross
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  • thagerthager Posts: 4,693 Mega Baller
    They borrowed Dr. Jim's rope.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,523 Mega Baller
    I just noticed there a huge "forced perspective"* trick in that photo, such that Nick's ski looks WAY bigger than Horton's.

    Totally irrelevant, but maybe just a touch ironic in a thread that is explaining why there is only one size.

    *At least I think that the right name. It's the one used by movie makers to make, for example, Gandalf look way bigger than Frodo.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,332 Administrator
    You should really address Nick's girlfriend Stacy and my wife about this.

    Wait that is not what you are talking about. Yes Nick is 6'4" and closer to the camera. I am 5'8 7/8" and farther from the camera.

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  • mooseheadmoosehead Posts: 4 Baller
    Thread Title, or at minimum first photo title, should be "Wood on Goode"
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