Quick advice on cheap used combo skis?

jim_sjim_s Posts: 6 Baller
Looking to pick up a cheap set of used combo skis from my local used-equip shop, with the intent of getting as wide a variety of generally non-skiing friends up as I can (for use this weekend). The two items they have in the store are O'Brien Freestyle combo 67" (look to be 1990's model - pink/orange color - same as these here: http://tinyurl.com/mshckrk) and HO Team FC 67 (look to be newer - same as these here: http://tinyurl.com/nf3nstp). The O'Brien set is $60, the HO set is $120. I'd ultimately rather spend less, but cheaper skis that can't get folks up aren't much use in the end.

This is for use behind my little 16', 90hp boat, BTW, so the low-power aspect of the setup needs to be taken into consideration, as well.

Thoughts/recommendations between these two options?



  • gsm_petergsm_peter Posts: 649 Solid Baller
    Bart has new Radar combos for 170.
    Bindings might be better and fore sure last longer.
    For this weekend, can you use 2 slalom skis?
    For beginners it is ok to have 2 different skis.
    If you are a poor man, your frinds can maybe chip in a few $ so you can get the new once?
    120 foe old seems a bit pricy compare to new once?!?

    I would guess you will have more use of the new once in the long run.
    Life is too short not to enjoy every day!
  • eddie_roberts_jreddie_roberts_jr Posts: 436 Water Ski Industry Professional
    I would get the widest pair you can afford.
  • WaternutWaternut Posts: 1,511 Crazy Baller
    edited July 2014
    $120 does sound like a lot for a used pair of ski's especially when there are brand new combo sets for under $150 at academy or dicks. I do understand that it's extra money for something you probably won't ever use yourself but think of it as an investment. If you can teach friends faster on a slightly more expensive ski's, they'll want to keep coming out with you and you can never have too many ski friends.
  • davemacdavemac Posts: 445 Baller
    wider is better, and an aluminum fin is better than plastic
  • eddie_roberts_jreddie_roberts_jr Posts: 436 Water Ski Industry Professional
    I wouldn't get real hung up about aluminum over plastic. Yes, aluminum is better on a performance slalom but plastic is just fine on a combo pair.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,918 Mega Baller
    edited July 2014
    I'd go for these:

    They are the same model/bindings we have, although ours are 10 years older - the sandal style bindings are really nice for a variety of foot sizes. My wife has used them (womens 6) and one of my sons (mens 12) and they can be made to fit decently for rec type sking.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 2,918 Mega Baller
  • jim_sjim_s Posts: 6 Baller
    Thanks a bunch for all of the great advice, and esp to oldjeep for pointing out those sub-$100 options. Definitely seems silly to pay $120 for a used set, when a new set can be had for less. (Shipping and timing are an issue for this weekend, but I'll see what I can possibly borrow for this weekend.)

    Thanks Again!
  • 6balls6balls Posts: 4,746 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    I sure do love having a pair of 1980's 72 inch EP jumpers. Adjustable bindings and are the easiest combos to get someone up and skiing on ever...also perform about a zillion times better than the avg combo pair. Even used jumpers are expensive, though. Back in the day can't remember what my dad dropped on these but it was a lot.
    Dave Ross--die cancer die
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