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Is the 2017 Radar Vapor Pro Set right for me?

BuckBuck Posts: 12 New Baller
I'm 5'11, 200 lbs and am an open water skiier. Until this past year, I wasn't able to ski consistently enough to really work on my form and skills. Now that I live on a lake and ski 2 - 3 x per week (at least during the summer), I am looking for a ski to do advance my form and skills on this coming summer. I would put my skills at intermediate - advanced (never skiied a course, probably never will). I have been skiing on a 68" HO Extreme Competition at 34 mph to this point. Looking at purchasing a used 68" 2017 Radar Vapor Pro Set. Is this a good ski for that purpose?

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  • C5QuestC5Quest Posts: 289 Baller
    Seems a 67 Radar Senate would be your ticket. Especially if you’re only on open water.
    BuckBill22jimskijskier
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,581 Mega Baller
    I like the 2016 vapor better. No pro build then. Top was lithium. It seemed more forgiving and consistent. 2019 67" Senate Pro Build would be good too.
    Buck
  • jimskijimski Posts: 389 Solid Baller
    What @C5Quest said
    Buck
  • C5QuestC5Quest Posts: 289 Baller
    What @jimski said.
    jimskiBill22
  • LOTWLOTW Posts: 120 Baller
    I have that ski and use it for early and late season cold water skiing. Works really well in rough water conditions also, wind and open water rollers from other boats. I was ready to throw my '18 in the fire but the water warmed up and it started to work for me but again, still use the '17 and would never part with it.
  • BuckBuck Posts: 12 New Baller
    I ski early morning before heading to work (6:45 a.m. on Lake Tapps in WA) and though it is open water, I can pretty much get glass most of the time, or a little bit of wind ripple. I refuse to ski in the slop created by other boats in the afternoons. That being said, is the Senate still my go to ski?
  • C5QuestC5Quest Posts: 289 Baller
    edited October 9
    I would message @brooks or Rossi but honestly I think the Senate is an awesome choice for what your looking to accomplish. Even the 17 shape is still one of the best. Had a 17 Senate Lithium and that thing ripped. I updated it to the newer style fin block to have a better fin and adjustability. I sold it to my ski partner and he loves it. The 18-19 are just plain awesome as well. The Vapor would definitely work though especially if you only ski calm conditions. I’ve owed a few Senates and just feel like it floats. So smooth. Always good deals to be had on Ski it again.com. That’s only my opinion though. Like everything in life though, different strokes for different folks. Can’t go wrong either way.
    Buckjimski
  • BuckBuck Posts: 12 New Baller
    Thanks, I'll see if I can find a good deal on a slightly used Senate. I have always used full double wrap boots on my HO Extreme and my Kidder Red line before that. I don't know anything about these new ski boots I am seeing. Is it OK to go with the old style wrap boots on these newer skis?
  • C5QuestC5Quest Posts: 289 Baller
    As long as the hole patterns fit I don’t see why not..if you’re going for a new ski maybe some new boots?
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 290 Crazy Baller
    A Senate would be awesome for what you want to do. I loved skiing on Tapps growing up! Good memories!

    Those old wrap-style bindings are super heavy. I switched to the newer lace-up style a few years ago and I can’t ever see going back. I mostly open-water ski and run the course some. 225 lbs (been working on that) and have a 71” 2015 Lithium Senate. Great ski!
    Buck
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,436 Mega Baller
    Just be aware that adjusting to different bindings is usually much harder than adjusting to a new ski. So for a smooth transition you could move your existing boots over, get used to the new ski, and then try some new boots.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
    BuckHMan66Bill22
  • HMan66HMan66 Posts: 27 Baller
    @Buck I just went through this myself. Picked up a used 2018 Senate Lithium from a member here and swapped over the bindings from my '03 KD. The ski is fast, but stable, and doesn't seem to have any bad habits. Yes, the older high wraps are heavier but what impact that will have? Who knows? @Than_Bogan is right because I felt instantly comfortable on the Senate after skiing on my old KD for so many years.


    Buck
  • jimskijimski Posts: 389 Solid Baller
    @Buck you can’t beat a pair of Wileys high wraps
    Buck
  • C5QuestC5Quest Posts: 289 Baller
    I wonder if that was my 2018 Senate I sold?
  • HMan66HMan66 Posts: 27 Baller
    @C5Quest I bought this ski from @emwheaton. He said he bought it new a few months ago.
  • BuckBuck Posts: 12 New Baller
    Any difference between the Senate lithium and the pro set performance wise?
  • jimskijimski Posts: 389 Solid Baller
    Not that you’ll ever notice
    BuckBill22
  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 793 Crazy Baller
    I have a new 67 Senate Pro I can make a deal on!
    Mike Erb Cedar Ridge Canton Miss.
    Horton is my hero
  • BuckBuck Posts: 12 New Baller
    Name your price, I’m listening.
  • BuckBuck Posts: 12 New Baller
    Thanks for all the comments, I picked up a good deal on a ‘19 Senate Lithium. Now I just need to figure out how to remove the universal plate stuck on it so I can install my high wraps.🙄
    gregy
  • C5QuestC5Quest Posts: 289 Baller
    Universal plate?
    Is it the radar plate? Pics?
  • BuckBuck Posts: 12 New Baller
    Its the Reflex universal plate, I have no idea why the guy put it on there, as the ski is pre-drilled for just about anything. My old '90's era high wrap boots are on narrow plates that don't fit, but I ordered a pair of Wiley's high wraps that will fit. Kyle at Wiley's cringed at the thought of stacking plates. Attempting to remove the plate with that heavy duty 3M stick-um, would certainly damage the ski though, so it looks like I am stuck stacking plates. Not sure how to attach a photo to this post.
  • BuckBuck Posts: 12 New Baller

  • BuckBuck Posts: 12 New Baller
    Figured it out
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