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Old 11-16-2004, 11:54 PM
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Who adjusts their fin?

After reading a bit about Schnitz today I started wondering about how much people fiddle with their fin, foil, and binding settings. I fiddled a little bit with mine when I bought my last ski (Connelly Course) but haven't done much since then. I ski about every other weekend during the summer, and am not sure I'm consistent enough often enough to be able to do anything systematic. Or am I just clueless and missing out on an opportunity to help out my skiing?

Goode skis seems to have a decent writeup on what to do on their site http://www.goode.com/wsfinadj.html but it didn't really go into how to adjust the bindings forward/back or what to do with the wing.
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Old 11-17-2004, 06:18 AM
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I typically end up tweaking mine a little bit once a year. I figure my skiing style changes a little bit each season. One season when I started getting half-serious into slalom again, I was tweaking it about once a week. Then - I figured out that I was always adjusting to the new ski. Now, I ski a lot, do as much research as possible & make 1 change per year. This year, it was spreading my feet out (no fin adjustments).
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Old 11-17-2004, 06:26 AM
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I don't have access to a course, enough time, patience, skiing ability, tools, desire, or even a boat driver now to concern myself with fin adjustment! I figure I'm skiing well enough if I can get my 15 year old daughter, and her friends, to stop what they are doing, and actually turn around and watch her old dad do a few sets.
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Old 11-17-2004, 09:51 AM
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I took my wing off my new HO & checked my factory setup to some settings I got from Matt Rini on email. I figure I shouldnt touch the fin til I'm into 28off or shorter.
Skiing 15off 34mph and DID NOT run it as of the end of daylight savings time!
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Old 11-17-2004, 10:03 AM
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I have not yet mustered my courage to monkey with my fin. One good rule of thumb I've heard is to mess with your boots for a while first. When you get them just right, then worry about the fin. If you're on an HO, as Ric mentioned, email Matt Rini for some helpful settings. Also, get your self a good set of calipers.
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Old 11-17-2004, 04:40 PM
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It depends on the ski. I helped a guy on the lake with a Connelly Course he was trying out a couple years ago and it was adjusted with a whack or two. On other skis (like Goodes) they're sensitive to the thousandths of an inch; in that case fin settings can prevent progress so don't be afraid to try to move it! Goode's and Schnitz's guides are good resources.

I mess around with the fin on my 9100 regularly as the water changes temps - in the summer when everything is stable I don't move it much. Next year will hopefully bring me a new ski so that will probably change...
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Old 11-17-2004, 05:07 PM
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Hmmm... sounds like I have a non-sensitive ski. Actually, I'm glad to hear that as I'm not sure I feel like doing much goofing around with the ski since I don't ski that consistently and I don't really have any good skiers to help me out right now.
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Old 11-18-2004, 11:54 AM
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Well I certainly didn't mean to discourage you - my point was that fin adjustment is good, it's more a question of magnitude depending on your ski. If your ski is consistently doing something then an adjustment could be the answer. I fight that whole "chicken or egg" battle all the time - am I doing something wrong or is the ski making me do something wrong?!? Usually after fighting with something for a week I make a fin change, it goes away, and I wonder why I didn't try it sooner.
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Old 11-18-2004, 12:38 PM
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Well I certainly didn't mean to discourage you - my point was that fin adjustment is good, it's more a question of magnitude depending on your ski. If your ski is consistently doing something then an adjustment could be the answer. I fight that whole "chicken or egg" battle all the time - am I doing something wrong or is the ski making me do something wrong?!? Usually after fighting with something for a week I make a fin change, it goes away, and I wonder why I didn't try it sooner.
my problem is usually that when it goes away (as mine usually does also), something else usually crops up. But - at least I'm usually a bit further down the course from the before I made the fin change.
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