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HO Syndicate Omni - Review

HortonHorton Posts: 25,191 Administrator

Omni 5

The HO Syndicate Omni is the best Crossover ski from HO to date. This ski has a remarkably wide performance envelope. It could be a great first ski or a great ski for cruising for miles on open water, and it is a great ski for chasing buoys.

For many skiers, the Omni would be a better choice than a more expensive and less stable traditional slalom ski. For this review, I ran numerous 32 offs on the 67 inch ski and through 35 off on the 65 inch ski. You can certainly take the Omni to shorter rope lengths, but past 35 off, a ski like the Syndicate Pro would be a better choice.  

Compared to a ski like the Syndicate Pro, the Omni is a little wider at the front binding and significantly wider at the tail. One of the benefits of the extra width is that the ski is more stable side to side as well as from front to back. This additional stability makes it easier for skiers to be in a better skiing position. Approaching the turn, this ski instills confidence and allows the skier adjust their stance as needed.

Omni 2

In terms of speed, the Omni creates ample speed and then maintains that speed. For all levels of skiers this means more skiing with less fatigue and less sore muscles. In the slalom course, the Omni gets very wide around the balls with minimal skier effort. As the rope gets shorter than 32 off, the skier needs to be mindful to not create excess speed.  

Turns on both sides are fast and crisp. The Omni delivers more of a snap at the finish of the turn than a carving turn. The On Side turns on this ski are particularly forgiving and fun. The Omni turns best with front foot pressure but is forgiving for less than ideal technique.

The one thing about this ski that stands out the most to me is how comfortable I feel on it from the second wake to the finish of the turn. During the review period, I was able to work on technical aspects of my turns that would be much more difficult to learn on a traditional shape ski.

Omni 4

 

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  • JordanJordan Posts: 1,000 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Ahhhh...it's the most wonderful time of the year....ski reviews have begun!!!!!
    Bill22
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 311 Solid Baller
    Any negatives? It can't be perfect, there's got to be something.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,191 Administrator
    @vtmecheng
    When I switched back to a traditional shape ski I fell at 2 ball on my opening pass. Is that negative enough?

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  • scorban2scorban2 Posts: 88 Baller
    Sounds a lot like the Senate. Any comparisons between the two from your experience?
    davemac
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,191 Administrator
    edited April 13
    @scorban2 I haven't ridden the Senate in a year and I avoid doing direct ski comparisons. I guess you could read both reviews....

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  • kingshreddkingshredd Posts: 164 Baller
    This makes me want to pull the trigger. From this description it makes me think it would fit my abilities better then the V TypeR I am on. I also have a CX Superlite that I enjoy for open water.
  • bogboybogboy Posts: 693 Baller
    @Horton, exciting review. Did you do all your testing at 34m.p.h.? Is the syndicate Omni a good 34 m.p.h. Ski? Do you think it turns tighter/snappier at the ball than the tx/cx superlite? Thank you.
  • jpjp Posts: 23 Baller
    Good insight (as usual). Looking at giving one a try. Not sure about size. 5'7", 160#, 28-32 off (working on 35), 32-34mph. Currently on 66" D3.
    Thoughts?
  • savaiusinisavaiusini Posts: 285 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @jp you should definitely go for the 65".
    Sam Avaiusini - Operations Manager, HO Sports Company, Snoqualmie, WA
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  • GarnGarn Posts: 418 Solid Baller
    I was setting the fin on my new Syndicate Omni when I ran into an issue. The screw that adjusts fin depth isn't even close to being long enough. I turned it all the way down yet it didn't even come close to moving the fin downward. I had to try to set the depth by hand! Did I just get a bad screw? @savaiusini

    Garn
  • savaiusinisavaiusini Posts: 285 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @Garn check your PMs.
    Sam Avaiusini - Operations Manager, HO Sports Company, Snoqualmie, WA
  • blockblock Posts: 165 Baller
    John,
    What fin numbers did you finish on?
    John Seiler
  • HortonHorton Posts: 25,191 Administrator
    @block bone stock

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  • gavskigavski Posts: 162 Baller
    @savaiusini - which model and size would you recommend for a female skier, 100-110lbs, 28-34mph?
  • savaiusinisavaiusini Posts: 285 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @gavski that's a fairly big swing in speed, but at that weight I probably would recommend the 63" Women's Carbon Omni.
    Sam Avaiusini - Operations Manager, HO Sports Company, Snoqualmie, WA
  • gavskigavski Posts: 162 Baller
    @savaiusini - thanks for the info.. looking at the factory setting info for this ski, it gives fin settings...i take it that these are fixed becuase of the drop through fin?

    I forgot to mention that she is skiing the course. Her goal is to start running into 22’off, but her current set up is waaaay to advanced and unforgiving.
  • savaiusinisavaiusini Posts: 285 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @gavski Correct, but easy to upgrade to adjustable fin if you feel there are limitations with the stock option. This ski will help her get to 22' off for sure! What ski and size is she currently riding?
    Sam Avaiusini - Operations Manager, HO Sports Company, Snoqualmie, WA
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  • gavskigavski Posts: 162 Baller
    edited April 26
    65” 2016 womans radar Vapor. Good ski, but it is not the right ski for her current ability.

    From what i have seen & read, i think that 95% of our club skiers should be riding the Omni..as opposed to a 41’ off weapon...
  • savaiusinisavaiusini Posts: 285 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @gavski based on that info, the 63" Omni will have the same or more surface area to the ski she is riding now. The 65" will make things even easier at 28-32 mph range.
    Sam Avaiusini - Operations Manager, HO Sports Company, Snoqualmie, WA
  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 3,938 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited May 6
    I have now skied 10 sets on my 65" Omni...very easy going and free flowing ski...loving it so far. My current settings are 6.881", 2.500", 0.728" (Slot) 9.0°, 29.00....stock is 6.880", 2.475", 0.730", 7.0°, 29". I skied a few sets at 6.878", 2.486", 0.730", 9.0°, 29" and a few more at 6.836", 2.515", 0.711", 9.0°, 29".


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  • OldboyIIOldboyII Posts: 516 Baller
    I ski on CX and sometimes feel like to have one more ski for more relaxed skiing.
    In order to compare skis is it possible to know width of Omni under front boot and at the tail?
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