Radar Senate Lithium

bgturfbgturf Posts: 21 Water Ski Industry Professional
edited June 18 in Skis Fins Bindings
Last February I had a Fusion Back surgery . The healing process is 9 months, but the surgeon has allowed me to free ski at slower speeds. Horton brought over his demo to try. Well the deep water start is so easy and so little stress on my back. This is even easer to get up on than a wide ride ski. Great ski, easy to ski on , I just cannot go all out on for a couple more months. Looking toward that day .
MattPKeith MenardOldboyIIUWSkier

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,018 Administrator
    @bgturf How is that Senate treating you?

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,018 Administrator
    So @BillBarton you like the ski?

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  • condorpilotcondorpilot Posts: 26 Baller
    Bill, out of interest for the 67 " max weight tolerance,what weight are you and what speed you skiing at?
  • BillBartonBillBarton Posts: 103 Baller
    I'm 230lbs+/- and I ski 34.2mph on A2. I've been heavier but that's about the max weight I would recommend at that boat speed. I need to just get serious and drop down to around 205lbs or lower. The ski would only get better I'm sure.
  • condorpilotcondorpilot Posts: 26 Baller
    Wow, shows just how well that ski performs out with the published recommended weight range. Despite advice from many on here (including Eddie R.jnr. and Chris R. I chickened out of going for the 67 feeling it was too little ski for me at 34 being 195.
    Opted for a 68 Vapor last season but feel at times that the Senate would have been a more suitable choice for me working up to max of 34.
    wolfgang
  • BillBartonBillBarton Posts: 103 Baller
    Do you actually fly the AN-124?
    HortonJack Kinne
  • condorpilotcondorpilot Posts: 26 Baller
    Bill, well spotted. I can neither confirm or deny on grounds of state secrets comrade lol.
    Horton
  • BillBartonBillBarton Posts: 103 Baller
    Love it!
    HortonRalph Lee
  • BillBartonBillBarton Posts: 103 Baller
    Come over to our side and you can fly this
    Horton
  • marktueffersmarktueffers Posts: 8 New Baller
    Bill, sounds like you would encourage me to try the 67 inch (I am a 210 lb 34 mph skier).

    Been on the 69 inch Lithium Senate for this my 3 season. All your comments on the ski are spot on. The extra width through the footbed keeps me on top of the water riding with much less drag and much less effort. Especially noticeable when water temps get real warm. It is a fast ski and carries speed exceptionally well yet turns hard, tracks well, and has a forgivingly large sweet spot.

    As you say, Eddies fingerprints all over this.
  • TdubTdub Posts: 174 Baller
    Need some input here. I just took delivery of a new HO Superlite CX. I had my heart set on a Senate Lithium but my local shop is no longer a Radar dealer. So far I really like the ski but being a skier in my mid sixties my research has shown that the Senate Lithium is a breeze for deep water starts and skis very well. As good or better than the Superlite. Am I being too picky? I ski at 32mph and rarely run 28. I could put the HO on SIA and move to the Senate if it would make my ski life just a bit easier. Any thoughts? Mush appreciated.
  • StickmanStickman Posts: 25 Baller
    I have about 8-10 sets on my 65" Lithium. I can't say I notice it being any easier to get up on compared to my 66" S2. Remember, it's only .2" wider than a Vapor. Also, if you are on public water, the Graphite version may be better suited to your needs. The lithium is very light and feels like it rides high on the water. Regardless, if you like your CX than stick with it for the season. My $.02
    Tdub
  • marktueffersmarktueffers Posts: 8 New Baller
    On my 69 inch size lithium Senate I find that there is slight extra width through the tip compared to the Vapor. But through the foot bed location section of the ski (nearly 2 ft) of length, the extra width is considerably more than the .2 mentioned in the skiis specs. SO the extra width over the long foot bed area equals significantly more ski surface to support you right below your feet.

    I have not made the same measurements on the 65 inch ski but the .2 difference mentioned on the Radar site really misleads as to the true surface area differential.

    As for the Superlite CX, I did ride a few sets on a 69 incher last season, as a careful look at the ski showed comparable size through the footbed compared to my 69 lithium senate.
    I did not NOT ride it enough to get it fully dialed in and was not feeling enough love on my initial passes to continue further with the set up process. It didn't make me surrender the Senate.
    Tdub
  • Dacon62Dacon62 Posts: 394 Solid Baller
    Yup. A little wider up from but a fair bit wider through the mid section than my buddies S2.
  • eddie_roberts_jreddie_roberts_jr Posts: 412 Water Ski Industry Professional
    Hey Flyboy, when you gonna do a flyover and wing dip over Radar? Long time no hear from!
    Ralph Leenzguy
  • TdubTdub Posts: 174 Baller
    Thanks to all. No longer an issue. There are no Senate Lithiums available anyway. I am going to keep working with my CX. It is a great ski. I guess I am never satisfied. I know, I know...I should work on my form and worry less about what ski I am on.
    OldboyII
  • BillBartonBillBarton Posts: 103 Baller
    eddie_roberts_jr Posts: 402 Water Ski Industry Professional
    July 9
    "Hey Flyboy, when you gonna do a flyover and wing dip over Radar? Long time no hear from!"

    Sorry Eddie, all my work has been east of here and unfortunately business is good. If I can get out there I'll do a low pass that'll push water!

    Love what you do! I still ride that white top strada 55 you built for me when i was relearning to walk.
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