The HO CDX is even better for 1999. Stiffness was added to the tail for faster acceleration, and the ski still turns unbelievably. HO eliminated the fiberglass and added two sheets of bi-directional carbon fiber, which makes the new CDX a pound lighter. The lighter weight and thinner edge profile make the new CDX even more responsive. The new Animal Boot bindings put the icing on the cake of the CDX. The comfort, edge control and responsiveness of the Animal Boots are great. Intermediate slalom course skiers will be happy to know that the CDX isn't an aggressive edge seeker when you're gliding for the gates. You'll notice the smooth transition when you initiate your lean to the gates from your glide. Next time you're at a tournament, look around to see how many CDX skis you see in the water and take a test ride, and then you'll know why.
Test Team Comments:
Doug: Fast acceleration and stable. Predictable edging and turns. Tweak: rear binding back one hole. Fin-2.53″ in depth, 6.81″ in length, .87″ from tail.
Rhoni: Fast ski, maintaining speed throughout the radius of the turn, which allows for maximum angle. I recommend riding the CDX with your weight slightly back, as it tends to do better when it's out in front of the skier. Tweak: bindings back one hole and stock fin setting.
Bret: Awesome angle. Very stable and predictable at all times. The turning characteristics are symmetrical on my on- and off-side turns.
Brandon: A fast-accelerating ski with good symmetry in the turns. A little unstable for me during the edge change. Tweak: bindings back one hole.
Todd: Awesome acceleration out of the buoy. Very stable and easy to turn. Tweak: bindings back one hole, and I ladded tip to the fin to help with the symmetry on my off-side turn.
Specs: Lengths available (in.): 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 70 Factory fin setting (in.): depth – 2.487; length – 6.875; distance from tail – .92 Price range: $615-$780