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Icelantic Gypsy 190 Thoughts / Review

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Well after months of waiting  to try my new ski

first time out this year and Our little Mountain received 10 inches so off I went.

About me 6'1" 220 Lbs Intermediate skier, Level 6,  A Powder Wannabee

Gypsy ski  152/125/148

Former ski used 1 season for Powder Rossi S7 also have Rossi s3

Mounted at +1 from BC  I wanted them -1 got them back at +1 "Gypsy's have a natural forward mount"

so I thought that having them at +1 was too far forward for me first off.

 

First thought was wow this is wide but after a few turns of a soft groomer it seemed to do fine.

On my first run I felt enough confidence to take it down threw some powder I should state all the runs I did were "Blue Runs""

no Black Diamond.

 

Even with the full reverse camber I thought that it was a little difficult to turn in the powder

I thought riding a banana shaped ski would be a piece of cake.

It busted threw crud great

I am comparing this Gypsy ski to my Rossi s7 which seemed to get tossed around some.

I switched back and forth from my s7 to the Gypsy thought out the day

same runs back to back

Remember I am only a level 6 skier Powder Wannabe.

Level Six
Level Six skiers confidently make parallel turns on blue runs but do not ski many advanced trails. Level Six skiers use their poles to time turns. A Level Six skier is interested in learning to ski better on more challenging terrain. Including Powder

 

I tried leaning back and leaning forward I believed staying just right centered worked the best.

But I just felt there was something lacking with the ease of turning. Not very much ski in front of me and a lot behind feeling.

I was expecting a more bouncy playful ski

 

I did notice when the ski went a little faster it like it and I felt it turned easier.

But then I start to have control issues.  Too Fast for my liking.

 

I called Icelantic Skies in Colorado spoke to a very friendly guy and told him what I felt and he told me

That he skies his Gypsy's mounted at -4 from boot center and that the forward mount was for switch skiers.

He likes that forward leaning "chins in front of boot feel"

and he told me to maybe go out again and get used to the forward mount and at that point maybe move them back to -2

 

I am thinking just go ahead right now and move them back , I really could feel a lot of tail on the ski

 

What do you guys think Move the Mount back a few or stick with it?

 

Question would moving the mount back help me out with having a more playful ski?

post #2 of 8
Thread Starter 

Remounted to -2 from BC

Hope this helps a little with the playful, bouncy feeling I was expecting.

Got some nice powder coming up this weekend at our local mountain

I will update how the Gypsy works out

 

http://www.josephoregonweather.com/alakesforecast/alakesforecast.php

post #3 of 8

What's the verdict?

 

I am having the same issue...

post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by mikeo56 View Post

I did notice when the ski went a little faster it like it and I felt it turned easier.

But then I start to have control issues.  Too Fast for my liking.

 

 

I think this is the key observation. I ski the Gypsies as my powder ski. I'm a level 8+/9- skier (scale of 1-9). I agree with you that they are great for busting crud. In terms of turning easily in soft snow or anywhere else - these skis want to run. I am not surprised that you are finding them difficult to turn on blues. They want some speed and they want a more direct line. In my experience, they are most fun when I lock my fear in a box and take a much more direct, "big mountain" line than I'm usually comfortable with. That's on double black terrain. On a blue, it would be hard to build up enough speed for these to be fun.


That's just my experience. These are my first powder skis, so I can't say what I would have thought as a level 6 skier.

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Night and day moving the mount back from +1 to -2 from the recomemded BC
feels much more balanced for me.
Nice ski with still the above thoughtsand yes they do like to run
Which I will need to grow into, still have my s7 that I can move back and forth on our local hill is great to do on I park get out of our car and ski away to the lift so on a normal day I might switch back and forth 2/3 times easy and fun
post #6 of 8

What about your mounting point?

 

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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

 

I think this is the key observation. I ski the Gypsies as my powder ski. I'm a level 8+/9- skier (scale of 1-9). I agree with you that they are great for busting crud. In terms of turning easily in soft snow or anywhere else - these skis want to run. I am not surprised that you are finding them difficult to turn on blues. They want some speed and they want a more direct line. In my experience, they are most fun when I lock my fear in a box and take a much more direct, "big mountain" line than I'm usually comfortable with. That's on double black terrain. On a blue, it would be hard to build up enough speed for these to be fun.


That's just my experience. These are my first powder skis, so I can't say what I would have thought as a level 6 skier.

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Originally Posted by tireshred View Post
 

What about your mounting point?

 

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Originally Posted by bounceswoosh View Post
 

 

I think this is the key observation. I ski the Gypsies as my powder ski. I'm a level 8+/9- skier (scale of 1-9). I agree with you that they are great for busting crud. In terms of turning easily in soft snow or anywhere else - these skis want to run. I am not surprised that you are finding them difficult to turn on blues. They want some speed and they want a more direct line. In my experience, they are most fun when I lock my fear in a box and take a much more direct, "big mountain" line than I'm usually comfortable with. That's on double black terrain. On a blue, it would be hard to build up enough speed for these to be fun.


That's just my experience. These are my first powder skis, so I can't say what I would have thought as a level 6 skier.

 

Almost certainly whatever the recommended point is. They're at the condo, so I can't check them easily right now.

post #8 of 8
Youre not going to get great results skiing a long, wide ski on what is more or less beginner terrain powder-wise. Its kind of like trying to turn carving skis on the bunny hill. Ski something a bit steeper.

If someone mounted my ski +1 on an almost symmetric ski I would be pretty mad, esp if I asked for -1.
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