With the ski season nearly upon us, it’s time to start getting serious about this year’s plan of action. For many people that includes getting a new slalom stick.
We recently asked Dave Goode a few questions about the 2017 lineup and what types of skiers are suited for the two shapes.
Which characteristics of the Nano 1/XT and RéV 6 are similar to each other, and which characteristics are unique to each shape?
Dave: One way in which they are both similar is that they are both tournament tested, high-performing skis. At the 2016 Big Dawg Finals, 13 of the Sweet 16 were on GOODEs. Six were on the Nano 1 or XT, six were on the RéV 6 and one was on an XTM, so both shapes are capable of winning titles and putting up big-time scores.
Ways in which they are different really come down to a skier’s technical proficiency. If a skier is technically proficient, they will probably like the RéV 6 more and get more buoys out of it. That ski has a higher top end and someone with good technique will ultimately be able to take that ski further down the line. Conversely, the Nano 1/XT is probably a scrappier shape; it’s performance window is a bit bigger than the RéV 6. You can be less than perfect on it and it’s still going to keep you in the pass at your hardest line lengths.
Are there certain skiing styles that favor one shape over the other?
Dave: I’d say that the RéV 6 responds better to a more “flow-y” style of skiing, whereas the Nano 1/XT is probably better suited for a more aggressive skier. The RéV 6 carries more speed through the turn so you don’t really have to do much, whereas the Nano 1/XT you can come into the buoy in pretty much any shape and you are going to come out of the buoy with good angle and acceleration. Skiers who do well on the RéV 6 generally have a longer turning radius, while on the Nano 1/XT they like a shorter turn radius. One likes to let the ski make the turn for them while the other provides more input into the ski in the turn.
Can you name skiers whose individual styles fit the two different shapes?
Dave: I’d say for the RéV 6 it’s guys like Brian Detrick and Greg Badal, who won national titles last year in Open Men and Masters Men on that ski. And Chad Scott, who won the North Carolina Big Dawg stop on it last year. Those guys don’t rush things; they rely on superb technique and are very, very efficient. Then you have guys like Dave Miller, Martin Bartalsky and Dane Mechler who really seem suited for the Nano 1/XT. They are more aggressive and like that shorter turn radius. They have great technique too, but have a bit of a different mindset and approach in the course.
Why have two shapes?
Dave: Well it certainly would make manufacturing easier by just having one shape, but the reality is that there isn’t just one type of skier out there. We want to help all skiers ski better, not just the ones who can only ride one shape. We feel pretty good that by offering these two shapes we are providing people with choices and that the end result will be them getting a ski that works really well for them.
How can someone try a ski?
Dave: Nothing beats trying a ski at your home site in conditions you are used to, which is why I think our two-week demo program is a great way for skiers to try a new ski. Call us at 1-888-GO-GOODE or visit goode.com to learn more.