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How come nobody really talks about Connelly anymore?

XR6HurricaneXR6Hurricane Posts: 327 Baller
edited September 2012 in Skis Fins Bindings
Seems like very few people either on the net or on the water really talk about Connelly anymore. Any particular reason why? I know they are big in the jump ski market and most show teams use their skis, but in the slalom world seems kind of quiet with regards to them, at least in this part of the country. I still love my 14 year old Concept and still feel like it has more potential than I'll ever be able to throw at it. I was in the local shop buying a new rope about a month ago and the sales guy just kind of looked down and said, "Yeah...people still talk about that ski". But he said it like he was afraid to admit it - even though they are a Connelly dealer and the Concept is still available. I know they make some much higher end skis as well. It's not that I'm tied to any one brand but I'm just curious.

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  • SDNAH2OSKIERSDNAH2OSKIER Posts: 309 Baller
    I bought a V last year and buying a prophecy next week. Connelly makes a good product. I like the brand and like how I ski on the prophecy. Connelly is distributed nationally in some big box stores, I am guessing they are still one the largest ski manufactures out there.
    Doug Roberts San Diego, CA ski rating: 2 balls
  • jipster43jipster43 Posts: 1,428 Crazy Baller
    Horton gave the Prophecy high marks in his review last year. One of my pals (M5) has been getting PB's on his Prophecy this year (38 off). Their new bindings are getting raves from everyone I know who have tried them too. But it does seem like they have less market share among the competitive skiers. I can't imagine why. They shared the world record, are super durable, and are one of the coolest looking skis out there. It seems like they should be flying off the shelf.
  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,000 Mega Baller
    Connlley does make good products. I think it is hard for them in the competitive market right now. They don't have a large pro slalom team at the current time. Jamie B is the only guy that comes to mind.
  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,770 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Is Jamie even skiing this year? As a lefty I love to watch him ski. He was on the list but was a "scratch" at Malibu. May have missed him at the masters as I was tied up with a wedding a did not get to watch. Anyway, hope to see him at Soaked or Diablo.
  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,408 Crazy Baller
    JB is on the entry list for Diablo. Hope he actually skis. I haven't heard much about him the last couple of years.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,464 Mega Baller
    Jamie's been fighting a string of minor injuries and skiing very little.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,464 Mega Baller
    He's still working on cool new tech, though!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • WishWish Posts: 7,834 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I think they will talk less now that they have gotten away from the retro wood look. Orange is the new mahogany for 2013 I guess. I thought the wood look was very cool. Just stood out from the rest of the crowd and then some. 2013 has a different core and the new orange graphics.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,039
    I really like my 2012 prophecy. I think it is a highly underated ski; people just won't ski it because of brand loyalty or because there is not a big name pro on it right now. It has a lot a strong qualities/characteristics and it is still a stable platform. A lot of skiers are like sheep; sometimes you gotta be the wolf!!!
    Bob Grizzi
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
    I have seen a few people talk about the prophecy. I liked the one I tried. Connelly is good stuff!
  • XR6HurricaneXR6Hurricane Posts: 327 Baller
    Interesting replies...glad to hear some people are out there on the new ones. I'm like skibug...kind of root for the underdog. The thing I like about my Concept is I feel like I know what's going to happen, even if I screw up royally. I've been on other skis that seemed like an old doberman - you never know when they are going to jump out and bite you.
  • cwillygoodcwillygood Posts: 195 Baller
    when you talk to jamie he seems to talk about it alot...but jamie is also crazy
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,464 Mega Baller
    Almost all innovators are crazy.

    Unfortunately not all crazy people are innovators, so it can be hard to tell which is which.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    andjulescwillygood
  • WishWish Posts: 7,834 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited September 2012
    I did get to take a close look and discuss at length with a Connelly engineer their hardshell system. NICE. IMHO it is THE best hardshell system I have ever seen. Photo of the 2013 Proph image<img
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,039
    edited September 2012
    Any idea if there was a design change/improvement to the 2013 Prophecy or just graphics?

    Edit...nevermind...I saw the comment about the core change.
    Bob Grizzi
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,254 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I've always liked Connelly skis, but just have never been able to match what I could accomplish on a Goode or D3.
    Scott Calderwood
  • justcuzjustcuz Posts: 30 Baller
    I stopped buying their skis a few years back when I tried to buy a wrap for an old binding (wanted to keep the ski just for friends, etc...but never heard back from them and the dealer couldn't seem to help. I was looking at a V or a Radar Senate this year and decided, based on that previous experience, that I would just bag it...there are too many good companies out there. I'm sure it was an isolated incident but it's was enough for me...for now.
  • swaterkdswaterkd Posts: 68 Baller
    Look up Lex Brumagin top 5 in mens 3 he is on connelly.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,741 Administrator
    I skied great on the last two versions of the Prophecy

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  • 94009400 Posts: 605 Crazy Baller
    Joel Howley just tied the Australian open record and smashed the U21 Australian record with 2 at 10.25 on a Prophecy
    slalom
  • SDNAH2OSKIERSDNAH2OSKIER Posts: 309 Baller
    edited September 2012
    @horton, buying a 2012 prophecy in part based on your review and that I am really enjoying the 2011 prophecy I have been riding.
    Doug Roberts San Diego, CA ski rating: 2 balls
  • XR6HurricaneXR6Hurricane Posts: 327 Baller
    Bringing this one back to the top...I'd like to hear more about people's experiences on the V. @Horton gave it high marks. I'm a real light weight (130 lbs.) and I know it's pretty wide in front, but then again the tail is pretty narrow. I just don't see how these wider skis can work as well as people say they do for someone like me, but the V has my curiosity.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 27,741 Administrator
    @XR6Hurricane
    I place the stock version of the V in the same category as the base model of the HO COX or Radar Senate. Its fun & its forgiving but it is not a short line ski.


    The carbon version does not compare favorably with the other 2. It is too wide and to stiff for chasing balls

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  • JoelHowleyJoelHowley Posts: 33 Baller
    edited March 2013
    Yes, I have.

    However the one I rode wasn't the final product. The surface finish on the base of the ski was still being played with.

    I ran a 39 off the doc first set.

    I was stoked with it. The ski felt like it was on rails, just as the 2012 does however off the second wake as the load is released there seemed to be even less rebound to deal with (which is something I thought the 2012 already did really well).

    Also exiting the turn as the load came on I found the ski simply would not stall. I ran some 38's trying to bog/stall the ski at the exit of the turn just to see if I could and I never came unstuck. It want's to move the moment you apply any load at all, even before my hand was back on the handle I felt the ski was moving well.

    Obviously if you try hard enough it is still possible overturn the ski, however whether I had tailturned or jumped on the nose the ski just always seemed to have more momentum than the 2012 and I found it easy to reset the ski at a manageable angle and continue.

    It felt just like the 2012 on the approach to the ball and initiating the turn seemed to require no more or less movement than the 2012. Which is great because the 2012 is awesome!

    I rode a 67 with...
    Depth = 2.529
    Length = 6.823
    DFT = .750
    Wing = 9
    slalom
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