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Slalom Frog

D3 Nomad/XS Opinions

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Slalom Frog

Hello Crew-

I am considering purchasing a new stick, it's a sickness that some of us have. I continually hear good things about D3 slalom skis. Before plunking down some extra coin I thought I would try to get some opinions. Here is what you might need to know. I do a lot of course skiing, 6'0", 185 -190 pounds (depending on the day!), complete the course regularly at 22' off/34 mph, and get it about 50% of the time at 28' 34/mph. My goal for this summer is 32' off. I currently ski on a Goode 9700. I like the ski quite a bit but it seems that the D3 may be similar in performance but a little more forgiving? Thanks in advance for your input.

Mike

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Woodski

Pretty accurate, I have skiied both. The Goode gets me get farther down the rope, the D3 is much more consistent, handles varied conditions better and is very smooth. I would recommend a demo ride on the D3, I think you will be impressed, but need to evaluate all the characteristics of both skis to decide which one is better for you.

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JohnDoe

I have nomad and am about the same level as you. I have nothing but good things to say about it. Try it out!

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VinRLX

Haven't skied the Goode, so I can't compare. However, I got a 2005 D3 X5 at the end of last season. After hammering myself through the course all season with an older OB Mapple, I became MUCH more consistent VERY quickly with the D3. I'm really looking forward to some quality time with it this summer.

Can't wait for my buddy to try it--Five bucks says he throws his F1 to the curb. :lol:

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onamission

I'm at the same level as you and I love my X5. I using Radar binding and a carbon fin this year and its riding better then ever.

Waterski World has some great prices on D3 closeouts.

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eng

I am interested in the new Nomad as well. Have any of you ridden the Sixam SS? How would you compare it to the Nomad?

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Gibbo

Try to demo any ski before you buy!! Saying that... I really like my Nomad. Thumbup.gif

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Toby

the new RCX is definately worth a look. id say that the X5 and earlier nomads wont have the speed that you are used to on your 97 and may be a little harder to adjust to than the new stick, but Dontknow.gif . the new one is considered much faster than previous d3s but still keeps the 'd3 feel'.

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For sure if you try a D3 try the Nomad RCX, way faster cross course then the x5, or nomad. I skied a 67" recently and really liked it and thought that is was fast and yet turned well. Then I got my 66.5" 9800(I was on a 67.25" 9800) and after riding the Goode one set I completely forgot about the RCX. The Goode is super fst yet settles nicely into the water and makes for a very easy ride. I'm 200, and ski into 39 at 34mph. If you go with the Goode make sure you get it with the powerplate which is a carbon plate they fully dual loc to the ski and the plate has the mounting pattern with inserts in it so you don't have to worry about stripping out screws.

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Slalom Frog

Update-

Decided to demo the Nomad RCX. Have skied on it about 3 different times. First time was free skiing and relatively comfortable with it. I liked the way it turned, not much of an adjustment period. Adjusted the fine a little bit before going out the second time and like the outcome even more. Went through the course about a dozen times on it so far, only 22' off at 32 mph, still getting used to the ski. I like how it performs in the course, not as "edgy" as the Goode but no noticable difference is speed that I could feel. Turns very well. One thing that I'm not entirely satisfied with is the rear toe plate. I have always skied with a rtp and I have had a hard time finding one that I like everything about. Basically, with the Leverage rtp I don't like the foam base of the plate. I like the thickness of it but once it gets wet it is a little to slippery for my taste.

That's the update for now. Maybe more to report later in the week?

Mike

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