CON­NELLY SKI TEST

Boating - - FRONT PAGE - —Gar­rett Cortese

I hadn’t skied on a slalom ski since I was 12 or 13 years old, nearly three decades ago. But when I got the op­por­tu­nity to try the Con­nelly As­pect, I had to give it a shot. The retro-in­spired graph­ics in­stantly re­minded me of the skis my fa­ther used and that I learned on as a child.

Sit­ting on a wider plat­form than tra­di­tional high-end slalom skis, the As­pect is de­signed to be skied at slower speeds (26 to 32 mph). The in­creased width helps with sta­bil­ity and getting on plane. While I’ve been wake­board­ing and surf­ing count­less times since I last skied, I was ex­pect­ing the worst in my re­turn to a slalom ski. Shock­ingly (and thanks to the As­pect’s de­sign), I got up on my first try and was cruis­ing around with rel­a­tive ease.

The As­pect is a com­fort­able ride, de­signed to help you progress as a skier. You can cruise at your leisure with­out feel­ing like the ski is hunt­ing to get into the next turn, or you can get ag­gres­sive with it and even run it through the slalom course. Sharp bevels in the fore­body help lock in those ag­gres­sive turns when you get on edge. Con­nelly’s V-tech step tech­nol­ogy on the bot­tom of the As­pect helps re­duce drag, which will keep you on the wa­ter longer as well.

If you’re look­ing for a ski that can ac­com­mo­date a va­ri­ety of skill lev­els, the As­pect will fit on your boat nicely. $330; con­nelly skis.com

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