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New Ski???

EF23EF23 Posts: 55 Baller
edited April 2012 in Skis Fins Bindings
HO S2 / X7 / Strada??
I'm looking into these skis. I ski 34 @ 22 / mid 32 @ 205lbs. I do tend to move around to much on the ski, and would love some suggestions on which ski to try? Also, my current ski is a 9900 standard, which I've been very happy with.

Thank You! :)))
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  • skiron07skiron07 Posts: 83 Baller
    on a 2012 A2 and loving it...
  • RynoRyno Posts: 252 Baller
    SR2 ... best ski ever - EVER!
    Ryan McGill - South Coast, New South Wales, Australia
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,476 Mega Baller
    Why do you need a new ski? 9900 is a fantastic ski. Save your money for fuel and coaching! :)
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    Taelan28
  • Not_The_PugNot_The_Pug Posts: 597 Crazy Baller
    Go with an S2, it is very easy to ski.

    If you can demo all three that is the best.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,857 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I have an S2 but 66.5 You will need the next size up. Speaking directly to one of the R&D guys that built that ski, the next size up 67.5 was not good. Flex is all wrong for 2012. If you find yourself moving around a lot, I would get off the Goode and onto a Strada. It's stable for movers and shakers IMHO. If your happy with the Goode and it doesn't dump you when you move around, your probably not moving around. If that's the case, HO Coefficient X sl, which comes in your size, will operate similar to the Goode (smallish sweet spot) but rewords stable still skiing in SPADES. Stupid wide, effortless speed and if you want more angle it allows you to get it. On top of that its a hell of a lot of fun to ride. Gets sketchy at 38. Small sweet spot seems to get really small. Don't know about the Fusion. Hate to even try it now and realize the one I didn't test I should have.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • bogboybogboy Posts: 699 Solid Baller
    Ef23, I saw the d3 ad in waterski mag which said "ski d3 for free.". I decided to call, & I spoke with Paul Crofford. He explained the x7, and the fusion to me. He shipped a 69 x7, and a 68 fusion. I was fully expecting that if I liked one, it would be the x7. I rode up the lake at 34 mph, & back at 28mph, to simulate running the course. To my surprise, the fusion handled 28mph as good or better than the x7. Plus, the fusion just seemed more fun. I went with my gut, fun instinct & bought the fusion. I was planning on trying an s2, but I never did. I am very happy with the fusion, and having a great time.
  • EF23EF23 Posts: 55 Baller
    Thanks to all for the input! I'm just currious if the ski is getting tired, it seems to be dumping me more than before?

    Thanks!
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,055
    The X7 will feel like a tired old dog behind the boat compared to your existing ski. Have you considered a Fire Mid?
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • markchilcuttmarkchilcutt Posts: 934 Crazy Baller
    Strada!!
    Ski it if you can!!!!
  • greghayesgreghayes Posts: 113 Baller
    I second what @Than is saying... Whenever I get an itch to buy a new ski, I let it pass and pay for coaching instead. It is a much better investment in my experience.
  • EF23EF23 Posts: 55 Baller
    Sounds good. I'll just keep the 9900, and continue with my weekly coaching. :))

    Life is tough in south Florida, LOL.
  • BoodyBoody Posts: 613 Baller
    I agree with keeping the 9900, simply a great ski. But I would also suggest buying some calipers and carefully examining where your fin is. Make small adjustments to try and correct the problem. You will be amazing how big of a difference a couple thousandths does to a ski. Same with the bindings.

    Since is the beginning of the season, I would suggest going back to stock settings on everything and go from there.
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,289 Mega Baller
    Get a hold of a fusion, you will be very suprised at how fast and easy to ride it is.
    Mr. Mom is Horton's favorite movie!
  • EF23EF23 Posts: 55 Baller
    Skidawg, I was told if you move around a bit, I wouldn't like the fusion? What about the X7, People have said that ski will feel like a dog? seems odd, as I just watched Nate Smith run 41 with a 25mph crosswind, Insane!!!!!!!
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,289 Mega Baller
    X7 is gonna feel better at 36mph; I move around quite a bit also, no problems on the fusion; I
    Switched this spring and it has been the easiest start I've had in years of skiing. It's fast, forgiving and makes me smile every time I ski!
    Mr. Mom is Horton's favorite movie!
  • EF23EF23 Posts: 55 Baller
    Ok, I'll try the Fusion.

    Thanks! :)
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,962 Mega Baller
    If you want a new ski get one but spend some money on lessons also.
    Mark Shaffer
  • EF23EF23 Posts: 55 Baller
    I get coaching once a week. People like Chet and Wim. :))
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,962 Mega Baller
    @EF23 now I am jealous.
    Mark Shaffer
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,589 Mega Baller
    Ha! I get coaching once a week from MS! Can't understand a dang thing he tells me. Hey, he might just be the Kevin Bacon of waterskiing!
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,055
    EF, first things first.........Nate is a freak. No one can duplicate how easy he skis. That said, the X7 rides super deep in the water. Everyone I know who's tried it at 34 said it was too much work. I'd say Dawg nailed it saying it's better at 36. One of my ski partners got off his Elite(like Dawg), which is considered a very fast, low effort ski, and onto a Fusion and has not complained once about it being slow or more effort.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • EF23EF23 Posts: 55 Baller
    Makes sense Shane. What I would like is a more forgiving ski with regard to weight distrubution in the turns. My 9900 is great, I've been on it for two years and wouldn't mind trying something new! Sounds like the Fusion would be a great choice.
  • Steven_HainesSteven_Haines Posts: 1,033 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    The S2 is very user friendly too. With the limited time I've gotten to ski this season the S2 seems to like to ski up course and seems to be very low effort. I'm looking forward to Hortons review but so far I'm two thumbs up.
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 2,118
    The S-2 is the most effortless, forgiving ski, I have ever been on. Watched Bob and Chris LaPoint ski easily into 39 on it. Agree with Steven, and waiting to see Horton's review also.
    Special Thanks to Performance Ski and Surf and the Denali Adam's !!!
  • Steven_HainesSteven_Haines Posts: 1,033 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I've now tried a few different settings on it and so for it's just gotten better but all that I've tried have been very skiable. Next time I'm back home on break im going pop my carbon fun on it and give Ed's settings a go
  • HipsupHipsup Posts: 56 Baller
    I'm not a great skier (can just squeak into 32 off @ 34 mph on a v good day) but for what it's worth I tried the S2, Strada and Fusion a few weeks ago.
    Coming off a senate C, I absolutely hated the S2 - seemed really unforgiving to me and I disliked it so much I only gave it 1 set. In contrast I loved both the strada and the fusion. Strada is quicker, both are really stable and forgiving, but I chose the fusion in the end because it just turns and turns even if you stamp on it.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,857 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    IMHO the S2 needs to be ridden with boots forward one hole. Seemed to open it up into that which is describe above - effortless and user friendly. Boots at stock shrunk the sweet spot and had dufficulty gaining any angle off the ball. Seems counterintuitive but it also sped up the ski. Spoke with one of the guys listed as R&D on the S2 vid on front page month ago. His opinion 67.5 was it's not at optimal flex yet. Guessing they r still working on it and most likely focused attention on the 66.5 considering all skiers listed in vid ski that size. He also added the pros did NOT like it at 36. Well, back to dock maintenance. Presure treated lumber and galvanized screws do not last forever. Bummer!
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • HipsupHipsup Posts: 56 Baller
    I was on the 67.5 and the bindings were at stock so that might explain why I felt so uncomfortable. Having said that, my technique leaves a lot to be desired and I'm sure the ski would be great in more accomplished hands- just didn't work for me.
  • Steven_HainesSteven_Haines Posts: 1,033 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Hipsup, did you happen to verify if the fin was set at stock settings before trying?
  • HipsupHipsup Posts: 56 Baller
    Steven, no I didn't check the fin. Just took the shops word for it and strapped on the bindings. As I said, I only gave it one set so it wasn't much of a test.
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