Ski Selection, HO omni or other options?

LobonatorLobonator Posts: 5 Baller
Hey everyone,
I've been a silent listener on the forum for awhile and have learned a ton from you guys!

I'm currently strictly an open water skier on a
67" HO Freeride. I'm 6 feet and around 160lbs. My tow time is split between an I/O bowrider, and a Malibu sportster lxi. Recently I've relocated within a very short drive to McClintocks Ski School and am looking to get something that will help me get into the course. When I ski open water I am almost always skiing at 34mph, but find my free ride gets really squirrelly when I'm going at faster speeds behind the direct drive. I'm not looking to compete by any means but would like to run the course if I'm on a lake with one.

Do you guys think the HO omni syndicate or carbon is a ski that would be a good match for what I'm trying to do? And will I have any issues mounting Radar Profile Boots onto that ski? I'm open to any other suggestions you guys have as well!

Thanks in advance, Aidan.


  • blockblock Posts: 153 Baller
    This ski is awesome thru -32 @34mph. It is stable making it very easy to learn proper slalom technique.
    Good luck,
    John Seiler
  • LobonatorLobonator Posts: 5 Baller
    Thanks @block. As many other members here have noted the lines are pretty blurred between what limit, or speed all of the different skis can be skied to. Do you think the Syndicate version would be too much ski?
  • blakeyatesblakeyates Posts: 53 Baller
    The Omni would be a perfect choice for you and it appears that you have chosen the proper length. I’m not sure on the Radar boots but in most cases, the boots are interchangeable on different brands of skis. I used a Radar Toe Plate on my HO VTX.
    Blake Yates
    Nautique Promo Rep, GA
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 217 Baller
    The Freeride isn't ment to fast speeds, more for keeping things a little slower and having a fun time. If you're just learning the course and you free ski a lot then the Carbon Omni would be great. If you have the extra cash to spend then you will love the Syndicate. The Carbon doesn't have a fully adjustable fin block, only front-back, but I've been told that isn't a concern until you are shortening the line at 34 mph. If you do start to get into 22 off at 34 then it's easy to install the Syndicate fin block on the Carbon. I am new to the course as of last year and love the Carbon Omni, no regrets so far.
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 217 Baller
    On binding install, the front Radar boot will fit right up. If the rear is a metal plate Radar it will also an HO. If the rear binding is a Radar feather frame then it will not mount on an HO.
  • SivotaSivota Posts: 85 Baller
    @vtmecheng is correct - Radar Vapor binding fits my Omni Syndicate and the HRTP with the aluminium plate also fits without difficulty. Also I agree that it would be a good ski for you.
  • LobonatorLobonator Posts: 5 Baller
    Thanks for the info guys! Happy to get confirmation on that. I will be looking to pick one up in the next few weeks! Definitely gonna go for the Syndicate version @vtmecheng. The only other ski, that I've seen that kinda fits the same bill is the Radar Senate. What do you guys think about the Senate for what I'm doing? @sivota @blakeyates @block
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 217 Baller
    Do a quick search on here and you will find many people in the same position as you who have asked the same Omni vs Senate vs V question. You won't get a great answer because they are all great skies. I may recommend the Omni because that's that I'm on, another baller may recommend the Senate since that's what they ride. Skies are a bit personal and there's some brand loyalty. You can just buy one and enjoy a great ski. Other option is to take advantage of the Syndicate test ride option for the Omni and I think McClintocks is with Radar so they may let you try a Senate, worth asking.
  • Frank_MAFrank_MA Posts: 4 Baller
    edited June 12
    In April I tested the Senate Alloy for 3 days, then changed to the Syndicate Omni and bought it at least. Now i had 6 sets again on a friends Senate C and and I could recall the difference between both Skis. Omni is more stable and better to control at the start and trough the pre turns. Turns are smoth if you turn passive and verry crisp if you are more active on the ski. Horten described the ski very well in his review. I also noticed less effort sking on the Omni than on the Senate at 30-32 mph. The Senate has a perfect carving turn wich does not get to aggressive when you ski more actively, maybe a bit better for slalom course beginners. Both skis are great skis for their purpose and the turn behavior may also dependend on the flex (construction) of the skis but my favorit is the Omni because of the more stable pre turn and less effort to ski on it. I skied on 69" , 205 lbs with 30-34mph ,15-28 off and stock settings.
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