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Old 09-14-2018, 10:30 PM
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after a 20 year layoff I am having a tough time getting back on a slalom ski. Recently purchased an out of date, few year old but never used KD lithium 67" and mounted Wiley front binder and rear toe piece. Tried it today and it seems to want to find an edge, and even moving the binding one notch from center. toward the rear, still had difficulty skiing on it. I'm pretty old now, 70, and was wondering what old guys are skiing on, since the boat speed has been reduced from days of old, 34mph, to whatever it is now, perhaps 32 max. Needing something stable to relearn slalom , my old ski was a Connellyand am wondering if the KD, since it is a full tunnel concave, is the reason it is constantly searching for an edge, and if a tunnel concave might be easier to start back on. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-15-2018, 12:04 AM
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I'm 72 and ski a 68" Radar Strada with double Wiley boots. I have been on this ski since 2010 and love it.
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:27 AM
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:44 AM
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Radar senate is a solid option, but so is the new KD Lithium which is to the KD platinum what a senate is to a vapor.

So dont switch skis before you tune this one. Hunting of the ski is more a sign of bindings too far back. Go to factory numbers first do you have a chart for your ski?

Wileys are great boots but very rarely does the middle hole mean anything. I do ski set up for my whole family, 5 sets of wileys and with each ive had to cut the holes into slots so I could get to the right spot.
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:47 AM
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There are also like 5 other fin tweaks one might try, smidgd more wing angle etc. But start with boots.
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:00 PM
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I do not have a chart for the ski. I only paid $65 for the blank so whether it is a true KD lithium comes to mind. Found it on teal talk where someone was selling bunches of older blank skis, but it seems legit, but I have no chart and not sure where one can be found. Perhaps you could enlighten me.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:55 AM
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At age 70, you'd be classified as Mens8, max speed 30.4 in slalom course. What you are capable of getting up on and skiing on just depends on you. I know men's 8 skiers that ski on top of the line skis with double hardshells and get into -35.

Find out what year the ski is and check this out.

https://radarskis.com/finsettings

If your ski isn't listed, contact Radar a d ask.

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Old 09-18-2018, 09:55 AM
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I do not have a chart for the ski. I only paid $65 for the blank so whether it is a true KD lithium comes to mind. Found it on teal talk where someone was selling bunches of older blank skis, but it seems legit, but I have no chart and not sure where one can be found. Perhaps you could enlighten me.

How old? There was KD skis in the 90s and it reformed aboiy 4 years ago
So its either antique or modern. No middle
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Old 09-18-2018, 10:45 AM
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Post your weight, and height. Your ski, maybe too short.

The KD Lithium, was their top of line comp ski. So, it wants to turn. Back in the day of when people skied, short and stiff. I have a 68" KD 7000GS, step below, your ski. Very stable, but very heavy. My current ski, HO "A3", with bindings...weighs less the my KD blank.

For reference, I'm 6"0", at 195 lbs, ski 32-34mph...63 age. HO A3 68" (measured along bottom of ski) It's fun, but a handful. According to HO, I should be skiing on a 70" ski, at my speed. (I keep telling myself, I'm going to loose 15lbs. )
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Old 09-18-2018, 11:06 AM
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Post your weight, and height. Your ski, maybe too short.

The KD Lithium, was their top of line comp ski. So, it wants to turn. Back in the day of when people skied, short and stiff. I have a 68" KD 7000GS, step below, your ski. Very stable, but very heavy. My current ski, HO "A3", with bindings...weighs less the my KD blank.

For reference, I'm 6"0", at 195 lbs, ski 32-34mph...63 age. HO A3 68" (measured along bottom of ski) It's fun, but a handful. According to HO, I should be skiing on a 70" ski, at my speed. (I keep telling myself, I'm going to loose 15lbs. )
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For reference, I'm 6"0", at 195 lbs, ski 32-34mph...63 age. HO A3 68" (measured along bottom of ski) It's fun, but a handful. According to HO, I should be skiing on a 70" ski, at my speed. (I keep telling myself, I'm going to loose 15lbs. )
I'm 5'10" and was 195 on a 67".

You're just fine on that ski. I'm 165# now and still on a 67"

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