First of all, it's really hard to find time for fin experiments in the northeast. By the time I'm skiing well enough to be able to tell anything meaningful, there are tournaments coming rapid fire and I don't want to mess with stuff. Then in the fall the water is crazy cold, so settings wouldn't necessarily translate to the next tournament season anyhow. So even though I've owned it for nearly a year, I had essentially done nothing with the fin on my N1, except to measure it and note it wasn't quite at factory settings.
But I'm skipping Nationals this year, so August became a good window to mess with my fin. To get this experiment started, I moved very close to factory (except I didn't move anything more than 0.01" from where it was, to avoid it feeling too different).
28 -- easy as usual. Offside pull seems very strong.
32 -- easy. WOW on that offside pull.
35 -- woah huge mistake at 4 but oh well ran it anyhow. 1,3,5 width is not quite ideal.
38 -- hm, I'm pretty sure that's supposed to be harder than that. Fist pump for first complete 38 of 2013.
39 -- odd-side width is now a serious problem. Can't get out of 1.
So these settings are pretty sweet. Nothing like running right up the rope through a pass I've now run 8 times in my life.
Apparently those guys at the "factory" know something!
Looking forward to playing a little more. I may now be able to use a little more wing, which sometimes results in more width on this ski. Or I maybe just need to let myself pull longer into 1/3/5 since this ski can shutdown in a heartbeat.
Also, did I mention that I ran -38?
Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan