So I was almost done writing the Vapor review and honestly the ski is freakin awesome. In the back if my mind there was one thing I did not understand. At my very limit (at a pass I do not generally make/ 38 off) I was struggling to flow at the end of the turn on my off side. We are talking nitty gritty stuff but like every skier I was thinking if I can just fix this one thing…
So I called Matt Rini to ask him what he thought. Matt had me try some new settings he is playing with. (.730/2.451/6.895) Holy crap!
With the old settings ( 2.475 /6.885/ 0.765): Once the rope is short enough that I am making mistakes the ski is still automatic in and out of on side but requires some skills to get a flowing off side turn.
With the new settings (2.451/6.895/.730): The on side is requires a little more skill but the off side is now idiot proof. I took two rides with the new sittings tonight. The first ride I stayed at 35 and did not feel that it was all the different. On the second set I noticed that the on side was not quite as automatic and flowing. After two 35s I tried a 38. With the new setting it was like I could not screw up one ball (off side). I ran the first 38 I tried.
With new found off side confidence I shortened to 39. Tonight was the 3rd time in my life that I have gotten around 3 at 39. It was a nasty 2.5 at 39 but I will take that any day. I think the one ball was pretty solid. I am skiing above my head so I am going to screw up one side or the other.
What is the best setting? Beats me. More rides will make that clearer.