HELP...Did I buy the right slalom ski?

HELP...Did I buy the right slalom ski?

Post by Ed & Bonnie Kimb » Sat, 27 Jun 1998 04:00:00


I was at the Indianapolis boat show last winter and spoke with an HO rep
about problems that I was having with the Connelly Shortline ski that I
have. I was told that it was the wrong ski for the weight that I am and
the boat speed that I ski the course. He suggested the HO VTR ski which
my wife got me this week for a surprise birthday present.

Looking at the ski, the boot has forward and backward adjustments and
the fin not only moves up, down, forward and backward but it also has an
adjustable wing.

I am surprised for as much as the ski costs, there isn't one piece of
literature explaning what the correct settings are or how changing the
settings will change how the ski performs. I don't even know if the ski
has a warranty!

I called HO and was advised by customer service that their skis are
"perfect" from the factory and will NEVER need adjustment. If that were
true, why all the adjustments? How do I know that someone didn't buy it,
play around with the adjustments and then return it? I could see that
the conversation was going nowhere so I thanked her and hung up.

I skied the course for the first time last summer with my Connelly 67"
and even though I can make all six balls half of the time, the ski sinks
in the turn a lot and strains my body. I ski at 28mph, 15 off and weigh
190lbs. Is there a web site or a book that would tell me where the spray
should break along with how changing the fin adjustments changes the
performance of the ski? And what is the wing for anyway?

I was told by HO that the source of my frustration with the course was
due to the Connelly ski. My new frustration is with HO customer service.

Are there any factory reps out there who want a sale in exchange for a
little help?

Ed

 
 
 

HELP...Did I buy the right slalom ski?

Post by Michael Newcom » Sat, 27 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
Ed wrote........

I called HO and was advised by customer service that their skis are
"perfect" from the factory and will NEVER need adjustment. If that were
true, why all the adjustments? How do I know that someone didn't buy it,
play around with the adjustments and then return it? I could see that
the conversation was going nowhere so I thanked her and hung up.

That's NUTS!!!!!!!That  csr didn't know what he/she was talking about.
I'm moving my bindings and fin all the time, trying to "tune" your ski is
very important to optimize your performance.

 
 
 

HELP...Did I buy the right slalom ski?

Post by Little7 » Sun, 28 Jun 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>ELP...Did I buy the right slalom ski?

>e suggested the HO VTR ski which
>my wife got me this week for a surprise birthday present.

< lots of other stuff snipped>

How long of a ski is it? I hope it's a 67" if you weight 190lbs.  Can you
return it?  What I mean is, could you strike a deal with whomever you purchased
it from to let you ski it (sort of as a demo) and try a couple of other skis
before your final decision.  If not, you still have a good ski.  In my
opinion....

You should take the wing off.  It's primarily used as a decelerating aide. It
won't do you any good until deep shortline and even then I've seen guys run 35
off with out one.  In fact, from what I remember about the people who are/were
sking that ski,  it skis better with out the wing anyway.  Master your
technique with out the wing, you'll be better off.  Leave the bindings dead
center in the slots to start (neutral). If the fin is the satndard issue HO fin
(which it probably is) I'd start with it set at 2.5 inches deep, .875 inches in
from the tail and a total length of 6.875 inches.  If you measure it and its
close to this, it's probably the stock setting.  My apologizes, I don't know
what the stock setting is for this ski but this should be a good starting
point.  At this point go out and ski on it.  Get someone with some experience
to watch you and make adjustments from there.  There might be some information
on the HO site for fin ajustments (www.hosports.com) and I believe there is
some information one the Goode website also (www.goode.com).  Essentially fin
adjustments for all skis are nearly the same (how the adjustments effect the
ski).  However, all skis ski slightly different so make adjustments in small
increments.

I still have to say a demo would've been a bettter choice rather than taking
someones word but you'll be fine.   Good luck.

 
 
 

HELP...Did I buy the right slalom ski?

Post by Tom Ru » Sun, 28 Jun 1998 04:00:00


...

Quote:
>Looking at the ski, the boot has forward and backward adjustments and
>the fin not only moves up, down, forward and backward but it also has an
>adjustable wing.

The wing isn't much use at 28 mph.

...

Quote:
>I skied the course for the first time last summer with my Connelly 67"
>and even though I can make all six balls half of the time, the ski sinks
>in the turn a lot and strains my body. I ski at 28mph, 15 off and weigh
>190lbs. Is there a web site or a book that would tell me where the spray
>should break along with how changing the fin adjustments changes the
>performance of the ski? And what is the wing for anyway?

What size is the new ski? You are bound to sink at 28 at
your weight.

Tom