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Please help decide what ski to buy

PeterheadPeterhead Posts: 11 New Baller
Looking into advice on buying a new ski, I have a 1990 O'Brien world team and the bindings are pretty beat up and want to replace with whole new ski. I'm an aggressive advanced skier and love my ski but think it's very old new ones must be alot better but want to make the right purchase. I'm looking at a radar butter knife but seems like it's a beginner and I'm not that but also don't want to pay crazy money for a ski. I should ski a 67 but mine is a 69 also looking for recommendations should I stay 69 or goto what I should ski? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated thanks in advance
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  • ballsohardballsohard Posts: 253 Baller
    What is your height and weight and what speed and line length do you ski at?
    Peterhead
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 700 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Got any video of you skiing? In my opinion, that's priceless information for the pros on this forum to really be able to recommend something good for you.
    Peterhead
  • PeterheadPeterhead Posts: 11 New Baller
    That's a good idea but I have no video, I cut hard every turn and bruise my calf in the wash. I'm 5'8 180 lbs have been skiing over 30 years since I was 14 on the obrien I am so used to it although it's old I find it turns great but the newer binding just don't fit the mounting holes and I would like something new. Getting up isn't ever a problem for me so not sure I need the wider ski. Thanks for the comments so far I will try and post a video soon
  • ballsohardballsohard Posts: 253 Baller
    edited July 24
    It sounds like a 67" Radar Senate could be perfect for you @Peterhead
    PeterheadTheBigHead
  • PeterheadPeterhead Posts: 11 New Baller
    Thanks for your advice, I do like the Senate it's a higher price is all but don't want to spend good money on something I don't enjoy. I am just a free water skier no courses but I do ski like I'm on a course. My ski being 29 years old I kinda think any decent new ski would be an improvement but have never skied anything else. The O'Brien siege I think it is also looks nice but radar seems to be very popular
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,629 Mega Baller
    @Peterhead I learned on a world team, my second ski was a siege. Neither were new and that was..... 27 years ago.

    Ditch your gateway pc and check out the new stuff
    Peterheadquinne
  • ballsohardballsohard Posts: 253 Baller
    @peterhead get a slightly used senate
    PeterheadTheBigHead
  • skibrainskibrain Posts: 69 Baller
    edited July 24
    @Peterhead I got a World Team in 1976 and we still have it in the shed back home. And I got a newer ski in 1981 that was a way better ski so you are overdue.

    I would recommend something like this D3 Custom 2 for $150. It’s looks like it’s in great shape. It is going to turn better, be more aggressive if you want to, AND it will be forgiving (easy, no surprises) to ski on.
    http://www.ski-it-again.com/php/skiitagain.php?endless=summer&topic=Search&category=Slalom&postid=36896.

    Then, because you are used to rubber bindings, I would order a set of rubber bindings from Wileyski.com to mount on there. Or maybe you can find some used ones on ski-it-again as well. This familiar to you, type binding will be more supportive than than what you have, but not be such a big change that it will feel weird. Package deal should keep you around $400 and you will be a happy man.
    Peterheadzippin_2
  • PeterheadPeterhead Posts: 11 New Baller
    Thanks guys I have been trying to find used skis but I'm in Toronto Canada and there's not too much to choose from up here or that I have found yet. Shipping from the u.s is pretty heavy may just have to buy new
  • skibrainskibrain Posts: 69 Baller
    There is a thread on here “gear for sale in Canada” search for that.
    Peterhead
  • PeterheadPeterhead Posts: 11 New Baller
    Thank you @skibrian I found that have been looking there now, not as good as the site you showed me. Hard to tell if things are sold here
  • skibrainskibrain Posts: 69 Baller
    You might just try personal message to sellers. Good luck. 🍁
  • LobonatorLobonator Posts: 64 Baller
    Give McClintocks in Cambridge a call. They will be looking to clear out their 2019 inventory soon. You might be able to grab a demo senate alloy at a good price, and only 35 mins from Toronto
    PeterheadKillerballsohardDaveD
  • PeterheadPeterhead Posts: 11 New Baller
    Thanks for everybody's help
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 700 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Peterhead please check out the position paper I just wrote. I think it might very well be relevant to you before you go make a costly mistake.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-NiENHZt0sC7WDBaeVk6QK9OJzQ4-DYISGE1h_PPjPI/edit?usp=sharing

    Also, I disagree with @skibrain about the bindings. When I upgraded my ski in 2012 from my old 1997 ski, that was actually my #1 favorite part was moving from those old darn rubber bindings to a nice comfy lace up. Don't discount the possibility that there may very well be a great reason that 95% of skis sold with bindings these days are sold with lace-ups.
    ballsohardquinne
  • Stevie BoyStevie Boy Posts: 1,967 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited July 27
    Very surprised that nobody has mentioned the HO Omni ? I am led to belive that there is a number of people really enjoying that ski with some fairly good results.

    When The Going Gets Tough, Just Do Less !

    JaredSmith
  • wski247wski247 Posts: 4 Baller
    You can get great slightly used ski on skiitagain.com
  • PeterheadPeterhead Posts: 11 New Baller
    Thanks for all the help guys, I bought a 2018 radar Senate alloy with vapour boot and rear toe brand new I don't know what to expect but I will be testing it out this weekend can't wait


    ballsohardescmanazeBill22
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,936 Mega Baller
    Good buy I think you will like it. It may not be love at first ski though. That Vapor boot is much stiffer than the binding on your old ski. It is going to take 3-6 sets likely to get comfortable with it. I went from a Strada boot to that Vapor Carbitex boot and it took me 2 sets before I could get the ski to turn right and that was a much smaller change than you are making.

    When you pull the liner out of the boot there are some plastic shims around the ankles. You might want to pull those out to start as they make the boot even stiffer. I have pulled mine out and haven't put them back.

    Be patient and give it some time it is a great ski.
    Mark Shaffer
    ballsohardPeterhead
  • Ski_DadSki_Dad Posts: 380 Baller
    edited August 26
    Nice ski and that boot looks like a Vector to me - I've had a 2 of those and love that boot. I tend to leave the top laces fairly loose so I will come out if i fall. Like Mark said, give the ski several runs before you make a judgement - it takes a few rides to figure out where you need to stand on a new ski. You also might consider moving the RTP up one hole so it's closer to the front boot
    Peterhead
  • quinnequinne Posts: 47 Baller
    @Peterhead if your leg continues to take abuse from the spray you can get a neoprene leg guard.
    Peterhead
  • ballsohardballsohard Posts: 253 Baller
    @quinne @Peterhead Don't ever go with a spray leg guard. Those things come with tampons and make you known as the pansy of your lake.
    PeterheadIGski
  • PeterheadPeterhead Posts: 11 New Baller
    Thanks you are correct vector binding, my bad. Thanks I will take it easy for a few sets to get used to it I do think it will take some getting used to as the boot feels way differant. I was thinking of moving the rear boot all the way forward at first so on that recomedation I will move it up before I ski it thanks everybody for the advise.
  • quinnequinne Posts: 47 Baller
    @ballsohard I'm okay with being the pansy on the lake. My shin isn't black and blue anymore... And I imagine that I care more about how my legs look in a skirt than you do!

    (Truth be told, I haven't actually tried going without the spray guard in over two years. Since then my ski and my form have improved substantially so I might not even need it anymore.)
    robmollysilverlake
  • dvskierdvskier Posts: 487 Crazy Baller
    After a couple of sets your calves will toughen up.
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 700 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Looks awesome. Yup. Give it time. Coming off of old skis, there is definitely an acclimation period to the feel of a new senate. But it will come.
    Milford
  • PeterheadPeterhead Posts: 11 New Baller
    So had my first and second on the ski yesterday, it actually felt great I'm not there yet will take a few more passes to be totally comfortable. All in all already I will say it's a way better ski and I look forward to getting better every time out
    DangerBoyChef23escmanazeschafer
  • PeterheadPeterhead Posts: 11 New Baller

  • PeterheadPeterhead Posts: 11 New Baller
    Feeling better and better every time out but unfortunately I think this was the last ski of the year for me. But the radar Senate alloy is an awesome ski
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