ski size and suggestions

Chris TaylorChris Taylor Posts: 116 Baller
I would like some suggestions on a new ski size and brand/model, I am 6' 250lbs. Last time I skied I was on a 66" Obrien and 225lbs. I know I need a bigger ski however I don't want to buy a ski to use just for this summer and after that be able to ski out of its capability. I have had a few people suggest a Radar Senate, or a P6.


  • Chris TaylorChris Taylor Posts: 116 Baller
    Yes I plan on course skiing, free skiing occasionally. Before I stopped skiing my PB was [email protected], 32MPH
  • Chris TaylorChris Taylor Posts: 116 Baller
    I was also looking at a 68" oBRIEN Maple, I know its dated but I loved my 66"
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,903 Mega Baller
    I don't know all the brands and models, but my one suggestion is: Don't buy an old ski. There have been dramatic improvements in ski technology recently. And many modern skis, including very hard-core shortline ones, are a bit wider than they used to be, which is helpful at your size.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • Chris TaylorChris Taylor Posts: 116 Baller
    Also if anybody has expertise or experience what is the deference between a Radar Senate, Theory and P6?
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,340 Mega Baller
    A 69" Senate or Theory would work. Most 68" skis would be much too small. I weigh about 220 and ski into -35 at. 34 mph and a 68" ski is on the edge for me.
    Mark Shaffer
  • BradyBrady Posts: 1,057 Mega Baller
    edited July 2014
    Chris, the senate is a high-end tournament ski for 34mph skiers. It is virtually a vapor that is a wee bit wider--the vapor is designed for 36mph. The theory is a hybrid cross-over ski that performs well on the course as well as being a great free-skiing ski. The p6 is like the theory, but for bigger gents. Easier to get up, and less drag.

    An important thing to note is this: ALL major companies that design skis have phenomenal products. You really won't go wrong. And the technology is so far advanced than it was even 7 years ago.

    Guys like me can make any ski look bad, and the majority of ballers here couldn't tell you the difference between the higher-end skis. There are a few elite skiers who know exactly what their ski does and doesn't do. The rest of us are all here for the ride, working endlessly to chase after the elites of the sport.

    The same can be said of sports cars. The average joe like me couldn't tell you the difference in feel between a ferrari or a porsche or a mcClarin, or a Lamberghini, but you put a guy like @SkiJay in any of those cars, and he could write a book about the differences.

    Bottom line, if we can't ski like the elites, at least we can sure as hell look like them while waiting for a set, holding up our beautiful babies for all the world to see!!

    I ski, therefore I am
  • Steven HainesSteven Haines Posts: 937 Solid Baller
    if you're trying skis, don't rule out the d3 quest. the quest seems to be Easy to ride!
  • Chris TaylorChris Taylor Posts: 116 Baller
    Great answer @Brady that was just detailed enough but simple enough for everyone to understand.
  • Chris TaylorChris Taylor Posts: 116 Baller
    @Steven Haines‌ I don't know anything about D3... Some insight??????
  • Steven HainesSteven Haines Posts: 937 Solid Baller
    I think most on this board  would agree with me that d3 makes a real user friendly ski. I've never really Ridden them much but just recently took three rides on a questand was really surprised at how quickly I got comfortable on it.
  • A_BA_B Posts: 3,903 Mega Baller
    I am your size. Used a 68" up to about 230 with decent success. If looking at a regular shaped ski, 69" and longer should be fine, but I don't think D3 makes them that long. The 69 Senate C is a nice blend of performance and comfort,,as it is slightly wider under the feet and in the tail. I ran a stock SC into 38 a couple years ago before I picked up an extra 25 and had some physical setbacks. I am testing a 67.5 6.1 now and don't think it is big enough. Also, I may have a 69" Senate C prototype (made like a Strada with PVC core) that I would let go.
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