So I switched from an RS1 to an A1 at the beginning of july, and I have yet to ski on it as well as I did on my RS1. I Demo'd a 68.75 (all they had) A1 in cool clear water over Memorial weekend and thought it was awesome, so I ordered up a 67.5. I unfortunately sold my RS1 when my A1 came and now wondering if it is just me or what. I could run 35 on my RS1, and have yet to do so on my A1. The ski punishes me if my body position isn't just right, and sucks in rough water. I could ski chop like crazy on my RS1 and although it seemed to slow down in warm water, it was very predictable. Now I have to decide what to do. I think I want a Strada, because of the reviews, but now I also see that Goode is selling the 9800 SL for $690. As much as I don't want to buy a Goode due to their reliability issues, I would consider it at that price. BTW, I have a speed slotfin on it, which maybe made it a little faster side to side, but I just don't feel that this ski is for me. any thoughts or recommendations? BTW, I am running center hole on the bindings. With the stock fin, I had front binding forward one hole, rear center.
Last edited by jamisonsbrodie (Thu, Aug 5, 2010 11:53 AM)
Before you write off the A-1 completely try moving your bindings back a bit from dead neutral. On the 67.5 I'd suggest trying around 1/4 to 5/16" back - naturally, you may be limited to the increments provided by whatever binding you are using.
Thanks for the replies. When I first got it, I tried one hole back from center and I was riding wheelies coming out of the turn so I moved them forward. I have been working on more balanced body position, so I will try moving them back again. thanks!
Well I will suggest you go forward. I have about 5 days/15 sets on my A-1, and my 28-32's are super easy, but then I get to 35 and 38 and I don't feel like I can get the width. When I had my binding back one hole it felt even worse, so I moved it up and it feels better. I also moved the fin to about .75 from the back hoping to get more speed. Either way it is bugging me! I am thinking about going up another hole to 30" It is a 67.5
This thread couldn't come at a better time.
My offside turn seems way better, but my onside seems worse?
I tried one hole back from center tonight, and i liked it better. It finishes the turn way better this way and fits my style better. It does feel like the tip is coming up on my offside, but i think with some better body position I can fix that.
Last edited by jamisonsbrodie (Thu, Aug 5, 2010 8:55 PM)
Are you RFF or LFF?
Keys to the A1 are activating the flat spot under the front boot for acceleration. Every ski "rises up" cross course as D3 likes to say. If your boots are too far forward you might miss some of that, so then your carry out is stunted.
The A1 is a tip down ski and may take some rides to get used to how it works. The 66.25 shape is good. I was too bit light for the 67.5 but still it rides pretty nice.
My theory that every lake has it's own fin depth range. For example soft lakes say 2.500->2.520, cold/fast water 2.440-2.460. Then set the length according to fin area required for the skier's weight (and DFT). DFT for the A1 - seems that the 0.770 range is good.
I've ridden both the 67.5 and now the 66.25.