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Old 07-18-2007, 12:10 PM
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D3 Nomad vs. Goode 9800

Any one have any thoughts about the D3 Nomad vs the Goode 9800. I am in the market for a new ski, personal best is 5 @ 28 off, 36 mph, looking to get into 32 off this year and 35 off next year?
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:28 PM
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They are both incredible skis. Pretty much an East Coast/West Coast preference. Since you're in the middle...take your pick! I'm pretty sure you can demo them...better yet, come out to the Waterski Nationals in Arvin, Ca this August and you can demo them both for free (I know the D3's will anyway). Goode is always out there too. They bring their top reps out every year.
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Old 07-18-2007, 12:39 PM
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I'm on a new Nomad RC and always been on Dennis Kidder skis and always found them very nice right out of the box.I'm no tech guru with skis so i prefer a ski with inserts then use velcro and hardshells bindings.
A friend came with a new 9800 when i got my D3 and the fit and finish wasn't even close to my Nomad for what it's worth...
Tried one hole forward this morning and and not sure of it...
I ski at 34 mph,28-32 off so maybe the ski is acting better,my guess,at 36 mph.
Overall,i'm a better skier on the Nomad then i was on my KD 7000...
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:16 PM
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Both great skis. What are you on now?

Order one of each and demo them both. Send the one back you don't like. Both have good demo programs
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:25 PM
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I am on an HO Phantom Truth, I know everyone thinks the ski sucks so that is why I did not even put it in my original post, it is also to big for me, I weigh 190 ~ 200 lbs and it is 70 inches long. Accordiing to the D3 web site I am between a 67" and a 68" ski and according to the GOODE amp chart I should be on a 67.25" ski. If I demo the D3 should I go bigger, 68", or smaller 67"?
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:38 PM
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Since your 36 MPH, go with the 67". If you were skiing at 34 mph, I'd say the 68" was the right size. I'm 195 lbs, similar to you, right on the weight bubble.. Nomad RC is a fantastic ski.
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Old 07-18-2007, 01:51 PM
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I am on an HO Phantom Truth, I know everyone thinks the ski sucks so that is why I did not even put it in my original post, it is also to big for me, I weigh 190 ~ 200 lbs and it is 70 inches long. Accordiing to the D3 web site I am between a 67" and a 68" ski and according to the GOODE amp chart I should be on a 67.25" ski. If I demo the D3 should I go bigger, 68", or smaller 67"?
I was just asking to see what 'style' ski you were on. The HOs generally ride a little on the tail. D3 not so much. Goode I think is relatively neutral. Going to either ski is going to be a big change from that HO. If it were me I would go with the D3. I liked my old KD7000 and D3s are known for being very predictable and semetrical. Also they have inserts. I won't buy or try a Goode for that one reason. You have to drill holes and then constantly deal with loose screws or use Velcro and Powershells. I don't want to do either so I will stay away. Many people swear by them though.

Oh and skiing 36 mph I would go with the 67" D3.
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:07 PM
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So, last night I was skiing and I have it a slump so I decided to slow the boat down and work on some things. I got deep around three ball and was not expecting the pull from the boat, the handle snaps out of my hand and puts a dime size gouge out of the tip of my old HO ski. Reparable but it gives me a reason to by a new ski. The week of nationals D3 is offering a 15% discount, I am going to try and call them and see if the maybe able to help me out a little bit earlier....
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:42 PM
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I made the switch from a Phantom to a D3 X5 and easily added 6 + buoys with the help of some coaching as well. I went from barely running 28 to consistently seeing 35... Just switched to an F1 this year and have just now gotten back to where I was. I think the F1 will take me further down the line, but it has taken me many sets to get used to it.

I strongly endorse the D3. Skied well on it right out of the box. Would have gone with the new Nomad except Connelly has a much better EP program (ie- they have one...) so the finances were vastly different. Lots of great skiers on the Goode too, but even more $$$'s
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Old 07-19-2007, 01:42 PM
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I tried an F1, 67", a couple of weeks back, only tried it for three sets and it seemed like I was working my but off in the course. After each pass I was out of breath and I had trouble getting into 22 off, maybe if I tried a 68" it might be a different story. The ski did turn, but seemed slow cross course...
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