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Ski Test Nano One Review PREVIEW

HortonHorton Posts: 28,321 Administrator
edited September 2012 in Reviews
I am getting emails asking for the off the record N1 review. So below are my current thoughts. I will try to refine this and add some other details for the official review. I reserve the right to change my mind about some this.

My review will say something like:

The N1 is a slow ski but it does not feel like a slow ski. It is not a lot of work and it makes a lot of space at the ball. I understand this is totally counter intuitive. Maybe slow is not the right word. I will think about this a lot before I write the final / official review.

The N1 requires that you have at least a semi aggressive gate. You need to generate more speed earlier than most other skis. Once you get into a pass this takes care of itself but it is critical at the gate.

Once in the pass the N1 gets plenty wide and does so easily.

The N1 seems less effected by forward and backward shifts of weight than most other skis. The N1 always turns not matter what you do. It is as if you can not screw it up.

When you get to the pass that where you start making a lot of mistakes the genius of the N1 comes out. It is supremely forgiving.

The N1 is not the ski that you generally run the most technically perfect passes on. I do not seem to be able to ski as flowing as I can on other skis. (Maybe this is setup - I will work on this when I get back on the N1) I do not know if skiers with pro level technical skills will benefit from this ski as much as skiers like myself.

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  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,775 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    So if you are technically perfect you can ride other skis, but if you make mistakes the N1 is for you??? Sweet! Just got a text from the house. Large box from Goode has arrived. Plan to do some imperfect skiing tonight!
    SkiJay[Deleted User]
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,321 Administrator
    @Mr.Jones
    I will be very curious to hear your feedback.

    For everyone who does not know Mr.Jones, his skills are far better than average. For sure way better than mine.

    I think there is some truth to the idea that skiers with the most technical skills often excel on skis with a super small margin of error - skis that do amazing things but only if the skier is nearly perfect.

    I now this is not always true - Nate Smith rides a ski that is very forgiving.

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  • jdarwinjdarwin Posts: 1,379 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    "The N1 seems less effected by forward and backward shifts of weight than most other skis"

    Not from what I've seen - if you move to the front of this ski in the preturn, it will track inward in a very aggressive manner. Handle control off the 2nd wake is a must.
    Joe Darwin
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,321 Administrator
    edited September 2012
    @jdarwin
    Where are your bindings? As long as I do not go easy into the gates I seem to get wide super easy on both sides.

    That is the one thing I have to admit - I have not moved fin or bindings at all on this ski. I took the wing off for some crazy hot water but that is it. I was bone stock until United Airlines bent my fin about 20 degrees and cracked that tail of the ski. (back on new N1 in a few weeks)

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  • jdarwinjdarwin Posts: 1,379 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Horton - I'm not riding one but the dozen or so folks I've seen ride it have experienced this. That said, my opinion of the ski is that it will allow 2-3 more mistakes in a pass and still get you out the end. I don't think it will add 2 or 3 buoys to your score but it will allow you to stumble thru to your average. Once they get the bevels, flex and rocker on the larger version figured out, I'll try one.
    Joe Darwin
  • markchilcuttmarkchilcutt Posts: 936 Crazy Baller
    edited September 2012
    I skied one set on a friends N1 the other day and have to admit like the other goode i skied one set on last year (mid twist nano) the thing is awesome!! I weigh 180lbs ski 34mph deep into -35.The N1 worked well for me everywhere in the course as long as i stayed relaxed and didnt jump on the front of it. This was my 3rd set of the day and my best set of the day by 2 bouys. Not sure this is a fair review as i only skied one set on it in perfect conditions? i think skiing it more in diff conditions would help a guy like me decide if its worth 2K for a blank. Oh yeah i forgot to mention if my wife ever found out i spent 2K on a blank i would be looking for a new place to live!! Im the guy who buys a slightly used ski off of ski it again skies it for 2 or 3 seasons then repeats the process. JMHO
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  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,608 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    edited September 2012
    I have not ridden the N1 but I will try one when the larger size is ready. This ski does not seem to fit everyone (nor does any ski) but I have seen several skiers look great on it. Two local skiers that look great on it are Rich Storlee and Johnny Haw. I have a couple pics of Storlee from the Sunday Tournament at Bel Aqua.

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  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,608 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    I know a few skiers that tried it and ended up going back to a mid or traditional.
    Boody and Tom Davis.

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  • Boody's problem is those gawdawful shorts he's wearing. That'd make anyone ski bad. ;)
    Shane "Crash" Hill

    Boody
  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,608 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    I am not going to comment on his shorts. Mine are horrible but they don't bucket or stick and end up like a speedo. His wife looks good on the N1 and is much better to look at.

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    Tried N1 back on mid or traditional

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  • bigtex2011bigtex2011 Posts: 493 Crazy Baller
    My nano experience isn't awful, but hasn't helped me and my style. I'm a bit of an overturner by nature. I've tried many set ups and some are better and some are worse. the ski for me doesn't carry width and turns very hard. Thru 35 felt like a lot of work, 38 felt impossible. Went back to my old standby and scrapped an ugly 38. I was amazed how well the ski turned, but in the end, it doesn't seem to help as much as I had hoped. I'm glad to hear so many people are skiing well on it, as we all need to keep buying gear to keep the world economy growing.
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  • slalomboy96slalomboy96 Posts: 72 Baller
    I have been ski less for a month... my N1 just arrived into Auckland on Fedex today and I have been told its not being released until monday... buggar and we have sun this weekend, i cant wait to get it. sooo excited.
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  • gregygregy Posts: 2,583 Mega Baller
    I wanting to see some reviews of the larger N1 as well. I thinking if Regina is skiing on a smaller N1, at 6'2" 185 34mph the larger ski might work well. Hopefully we can get some reviews soon.
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  • BoodyBoody Posts: 613 Baller
    Thanks @ShaneH, Kim says the shorts look sweet (but she is the only one who's said that)! Thanks for posting the pics @Dirt. Great skiing BTW.

    Kim got a LFF and a RFF Nano One, she is a LFF skier. She skis into 35 off on a good day. After extensive testing, the RFF was the clear winner, which is weird.

    I was on the Nano One for 3 weeks. I generally agree with about all of @Horton post, but I DO think its a lot of work. But I was/am on a mid twist, so the Nano One was a big difference in speed and turn. Coming off of a traditional shape ski, I might not have noticed such a significant difference.
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  • SkiJaySkiJay Posts: 2,314 Mega Baller
    @gregy According to the Goode website, Nick Parsons skied on the small ski at the masters and he is 6’5” and 205 lbs., although he skis at 36mph. He skied well though, ranking 5th in the elimination round. Food for thought.
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  • DirtDirt Posts: 1,608 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @skijay there is a big difference between 36 & 34. I don't buy the one size fits all marketing.
    That was the only size tested and ready for mass production.
    I used to ski on a 67 D3 Custom X at 36 mph 230 ish. 34 mph was a nightmare.
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  • jdarwinjdarwin Posts: 1,379 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    From what I have seen, the ski works for 195 (ish) and under. Those in the 170-180 range seem to be in the sweet spot.
    Joe Darwin
  • JoeMacJoeMac Posts: 47 Baller
    Jdarwin, do you have the longer version?
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  • KlundellKlundell Posts: 432 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @Boody It sounds like your experience with the N1 was exactly like mine. I was on a mid nano twist and I have to agree the N1 felt like a lot of work in comparison. I didn't really lose any buoys (scrapped quite a few 38's) but after two weeks and several settings on the N1 I went back to the nano twist mid and was very happy with my decision. My wife got the N1 and looks great on it!
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  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,056 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Ah I,m starting to like it, I,ve had to add length to the fin, as well as a little bit of depth and I,m starting to feel the ski and think the ski is starting to feel me, it,s taken quite a few sets, I,m pretty sure its a keeper, like all things that are different, to the norm, you are going to have to persist to get the best out of it, it,s no different to somebody skiing on a wide ride, wanting to go back to a standard width ski , you are going to have to give it some time to adjust.

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  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 2,056 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Cannot get my head round this fast / slow thing, N1 feels slow but gets you to the bouy early, surely fast ski gets you across course early for the bouy ?

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  • markchilcuttmarkchilcutt Posts: 936 Crazy Baller
    @stevieBoy It might carry more speed through the turn thus creating less acceleration once back onto the handle thus not feeling as fast??
    Ski it if you can!!!!
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,523 Mega Baller
    @markchilcutt Nail hit on head. I comment on this in my just-published (and I sure hope actually accessible now!) review.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,321 Administrator
    I have been on and off a lot of skis this year. I got back on the N1 last week and equaled my PB last weekend. I still do not understand it but darn it I can run some balls on that thing. It is just easy.

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  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,043
    Here we go again.....
    Bob Grizzi
  • WishWish Posts: 7,893 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I smell a favorite ski of all that was tested. @Hoton so what's your second most favorite ski of the tests that got closest to the N1 in all aspects.?
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,321 Administrator
    @wish
    two answers

    I try to never talk about more than one ski at a time when doing reviews

    Beats me

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,321 Administrator
    Whatever Miller did last weekend... He tweaked and i skied

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  • MrJonesMrJones Posts: 1,775 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    Measure, post.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,321 Administrator
    It is on the to do list

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