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A1 Review

HortonHorton Posts: 28,953 Administrator
edited August 2008 in Skis Fins Bindings
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<font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="3" color="#000000">After a dozen or so rides on the A1, I am sure that this ski will be a top seller and will be loved by legions of skiers. The A1 is a clear departure from the Monza. A quick measure with the ruler shows the 67.25 A1 to be about 1/3 inch wider at the fin block then the Monza or any other high end ski on the market </font>
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<font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="3" color="#000000">On the water, the A1 is unquestionably calm and smooth. In the preturn, the A1 <em>feels</em> like there is a lot of ski in front of the front binding or perhaps like the ski is bigger then it really is. Assuming that there is enough weight on the front of the ski, this feeling of bigness quickly goes away at the apex of the turn. In other words, the A1 feels noticeably stable in the preturn and then it carves a tight arc from the apex to the finish. </font>
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<font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="3" color="#000000">In the past, when I have written about skis being stable, I have primarily been referring to a skis relative resistance to rolling side to side. With the A1, the outstanding feature is not roll stability but the skis consistently flat attitude on the water. I suspect that this is the result of the wider tail. </font>
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<font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><font size="3"><font color="#000000">Off side (toe side) turns are steady and if you make mistake on this side, the A1 offers a surprising amount of forgiveness from ball to the second wake. The tip of the ski stays down through the finish and across the wakes. For skiers who struggle with the finish of toe side turns and wake crossings, the A1 has a lot to offer.</font></font> </font>
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<font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><font size="3" color="#000000">On both sides, the wake crossings are fast and as if on a rail. The skis tip down attitude makes it easy to stand in the middle just ride across.</font> </font>
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<font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><font size="3" color="#000000">Where many other high-end skis allow skiers to have different radius on either side of the course, the A1 is much more symmetrical. On side (heel side) turns are surprisingly equal to off side turns.</font> </font>
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<font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="3" color="#000000">Skiers with good handle control skills will find more than ample width and long arcing preturns. Skiers, who struggle with handle control or who tend to drop their inside shoulder at the edge change, may feel narrow and fast at the ball. </font>
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<font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif"><font size="3" color="#000000">Skiers who like to move forward on the ski as they approach the ball will experience exceptional turns. Skiers who stay still off the second wake and do not load their front foot will not get all the angle or tight turns that this ski is capable of.</font> </font>
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<font face="arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="3" color="#000000">On the water, the A1 does not strike me as positive or negative in terms of speed. My width is more then ample and that is all I care about. After a ride on the A1, I do feel that I may have physically worked harder then I might on some another skis.<span>  </span>Personally, I have not always skied well on some of the really fast feeling skis so the need for speed is clearly a matter of preference. </font>
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  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
    Great review and I would agree with the stability statement. The 66.25 has given me the best 1 ball of any ski I have tried.   
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,953 Administrator
    edited August 2008
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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3" color="#000000">This review is mine and mine only. This is not part of the Independent Ski Test or anything else.</font>
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    <font face="Times New Roman" size="3" color="#000000">The 67.25 A1 seems like a 68 inch ski of other brands. If I were on the borderline between sizes I would opt down.</font>
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    <font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"> </font></font></font><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><font color="#000000">I am really trying to not endorse any ski, what I am trying to do is tell you how the ski feels. There is no best ski for everyone. </font></span>
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  • jeevesjeeves Posts: 1
    Yes, ditto on the review-just what ive found (ESPECIALLY liked your (JH) review of the F1-perfect when youre perfect, but anything less and its blamo-just thought is was me and was ready to take up bowling) Switched to the A1 and equalled my PB that i set on my monza 2 yrs ago in the 2nd set! MS-you are on the 66.25-can you share your weight? (I'm 172 / 34mph and thinking of switching to the 66, but i REALLY like the 67.5!
  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
    I am 5'10 about 175 and usually prefer the 67 inch skis. I was on a 67 Monza for 4 years and also the 67 RS1.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,953 Administrator
    I am 190. the 67.25 is the right size for me at 34. 
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  • BoodyBoody Posts: 613 Baller
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    I agree with Horton's review.  I have been watching this ski for several weeks now and have always thought there was something to it.  While I love my RCX,  I just had to try the A-1.  After missing my 35 on two consecutive rounds at a tournament this weekend, I told Greg Badal to hook me up with an A-1.  On the third and last round of the tournament,  I tried the A-1 and stroked 35, with only one practice set under my belt.  The ski felt great, I don't have as many sets as Horton, but I am already a believer.  I hope this is what gets me thru 38.    
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  • JackeJacke Posts: 19
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    MS
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    Do you prefer the A-1 over the RS-1.
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    I have tried the RS-1 but find it a little bit difficult and is now considering an A-1. The last 4 years I hade ride a Monza 04
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  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
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    I am up in the air as to what ski to ride. I love the RS1 for the carry out and true track that it gives. I am more consistant on the A1 at short line, but I have better scores on the RS1 to date. The A1 is giving me a great 1 ball and that may be what hooks me in the end. I am skiing the A1 at Darwins this weekend, but will have the trusty back up there just in case.
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    The Sauce is nothing like the Monza. I could not buy a quality 1 ball with my Monza at 38. It was hit or miss and if I hit it, I could always run it. With the Sauce, I dont have to think when I am at 1 ball I just have to ski and it comes right out of the ball with no slack.   
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  • Director DarwinDirector Darwin Posts: 381 Baller
    MS - there is skiing after the conclusion of the tournaments both days so some of us can get "dialed in".  I'll have the Prophecy tomorrow.
  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
    Are you getting the 67 inch Profet?
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,100
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    My local ski shop got in their A1s last week. Damn, that thing is NICE looking.
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    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • Director DarwinDirector Darwin Posts: 381 Baller
    68" Prof - me and Dawg too fat for the 67".  Arriving tomorrow - mount up and ride tomorrow night.  Dawg's coming over to watch and provide feedback.
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,100
    I did notice that Lapoint used a bottom concave similar to the Sixam with the flat rails under the front foot.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,953 Administrator
    yea sort of but that is just one of many factors
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  • <p>
    John, have you tried your Carbon fin on the A1 yet?  Any thoughts on doing so?  I have one from my Monza but have not given it a go as yet.  Curious...
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,953 Administrator
    Yea I am using a 106 at the moment and thing it is pretty good
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    So John, what are you riding full time now?
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  • MSJMSJ Posts: 15 Baller
    <span style="font-size: 10.5pt; color: #062971; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'">Skied the A-1 66.25 for the first time last night.  6.7245  2.506  .7655.   It felt great for the most part; I skied into normal line lengths the first time on it. In order for me to get the ski to turn I had to drive the tip of the ski into the turn (by an exaggerated reach and heavy front foot pressure - on both sides).  I’d like for it to finish harder (tighter), I’m thinking about moving the fin forward or forward binding movement??<span>  </span>Any suggestions?</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; color: #062971; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; color: #062971; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'">I’ve been Skiing on a 9500 for 6 years and like the aggressive turns it has.<span>  </span>I’d like for the A-1 to come close.</span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; color: #062971; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'"> </span><span style="font-size: 10.5pt; color: #062971; font-family: 'Trebuchet MS'">Thanks<span>  </span></span>
  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
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    Ride it a few more times before you start messing with it. Just concentrate on counter rotation and the ski will come around nice every time.
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    The more sets you put in on it, the more it feels like you can push it to perform tighter turns. My first few sets felt like it would set its path and that would be all you could get out of it. By the 5th set, I could make it do anything.
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  • Director DarwinDirector Darwin Posts: 381 Baller
    MS - you need to get Mrs. MS on one!  After last weekend, she'll be kicking your butt in no time!
  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
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    For sure I will paint the top on her current ski to look like one.
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    Do they make a 65?
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  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
    edited September 2008
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    I'm on a 66.25 A-1 and was told the front boot position stock is 29.625" which didn't turn well for me as MSJ stated above. Moved to 29.75" and Wow what a difference! Ski is awesome.  RS-1 boots 29.75" front, 17.5" rear. Bone stock fin and wing. 6.850 tips, 2.508 deep, 0.77 dft 9 degree wing.
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    67.5" goes back Friday, 9/5/08 unless someone wants it $900 + free shipping.
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    email me crdickey at hotmail dot com
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  • Chuck_DickeyChuck_Dickey Posts: 1,462 Crazy Baller
    Gone, Friday
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Baller
    I tried out a 68'' A-1, after being on a 2000 O'Brien Mapple for 8 years. I could not get used to it. It was by far the fastest ski I had ever ridden. My first couple of passes in the course at 34 MPH(I am 39 years old) it slipped out from under me like a banana peel around ball 1. I was able to get into 28 off by my sixth ride, but never felt fully comfortable on it. I don't always get good conditions to ski in. On a couple of passes in semi rough water it was very hard to correct after getting out of position. On one occasion I almost hyperextended my knee. The Animal Bindings worked well for control, but my feet hurt after three passes. I found the ski very difficult to control. I ended up on a D3 Nomad RCX. It is not as fast as the A-1, but worked better for me in rough water, and the bindings were more comfortable. Stay off the ski(A1) if you have less than perfect conditions, if you make any mistakes in the course it will bite you. The D3 Nomad RCX blew me away. I get into 32 off every time, in calm or rough water. It only took two open water rides, and 1 ride in the course to get used to it. Getting through 28 off is almost effortless on it. I am now working on fin adjustments to correct some minor problems at 32 off.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • Old MS AccoutOld MS Accout Posts: 2,114 Baller
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    Dont try new skies and bindings at the same time.
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  • lkblkb Posts: 585 Baller
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    I skied a quick set on an A-1 today. It was nice. My first impressions were that it was really easy to get wide and it felt stable.
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    I tried the 66.25". Is anybody here skiing on the 65.5"? If so how much do you weigh and what speed?
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,953 Administrator
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    brent....
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    No..... they all look the same in some ways... The Monza and the Sixam 1 have almost exactly the same shape but ski nothing alike.
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  • SMSM Posts: 529 Crazy Baller
    MS sort of lost me too. But given that I just got returned to the North from the South - I sorta see where he's coming from.

    Back to the sauce. What does the A1 ski most like? Is it something that would be an easy jump from a D3 or Obrien? Or easier for someone who skis on a Goode?

    Ski's are generally tough to demo here is why I ask.

    Thanks
    Time spent on the water is time well spent.
  • lkblkb Posts: 585 Baller
    SM, I haven't skiied any of those in a long time, but I think it would be an easy transition from any of them if you focus on good technique.
  • SMSM Posts: 529 Crazy Baller
    Granted technique is key but that being said I skied about the same ball count on a 9800 as I did on my SIXAM, but I like the SIXAM a whole lot better. I found it to be less effort and more consistent. Other people may have the opposite experience. Basically what I'm looking for is is the ski well suited for someone who likes the way a SIXAM skis as compared to a 9800. I do not want to repeat my 9800 experience.
    Time spent on the water is time well spent.
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