Finding the best ski

tsouthartsouthar Posts: 12
edited August 2012 in Mostly Slalom
Hey guys,

I am trying to find a new ski that will elevate my game.

I am 6'5" 175 and I am currently on a Andy Mapple (O'brien) and I love it. The only problem is its 64" and can be really difficult to get up on sometimes. Partly because I need a new boat, and probably because it's to short for me.

I love the style and smoothness of this ski. Especially the amount of water it sprays. By no means am I a expert, but I consider myself a pretty good skier.

I have looked at a couple of O'briens but I have recently discovered Radar which seems to be pretty legit.

If y'all could send me some of your recommendations I would greatly appreciate it!!

Comments

  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,827 Administrator
    edited August 2012
    @tsouthar

    Yes. You need a new ski. That old Mapple is WAY too small for you and is pretty out of date.

    How fast do you ski?
    How often do you ski?
    What is a realistic price range?

    You could spend between $400 and $4,000. If you can give a little more perspective I think we can recommend something.

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    O'Brien / Performance Ski and Surf / PTM Edge / Stokes / Reflex / Radar / Wakeye

    thager
  • tsouthartsouthar Posts: 12
    @horton

    Typically i ski in the range of 30-34. I try to ski every weekend and I'll go during the week every now and then. So probably 4 days a week in the summer time. Price range for me is somewhere around 400-600. I can justify buying a nice ski because I know it will get used a bunch. I have a 69" O'brien sequence that I use every now and then but it's just way to wide for my liking.

    @brent

    I am in Arkansas. So beaver lake is my home. So I don't have much available to me as far trying stuff out.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,827 Administrator
    Radar senate 67 would be a very safe choice

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  • tsouthartsouthar Posts: 12
    @horton

    Yea I like the idea of that. Do they make it in red? I gotta have red... Is Radar a reputable brand? I've been skiing since I was 15 and all I have ever skied on was O'brien. So I don't know anything else. Their website and products look legit. I just wanna make sure I'm gettin my money's worth out of it.

    Are their other brands I should consider?

    I know I don't want Connelly.

    @brent

    I bought new boots when I got the ski. The ones that came on the Mapple were worn out.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,827 Administrator
    Radar is a very solid brand. For your price range and needs HO or Radar have great products.

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  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,827 Administrator
    No Connelly back bindings are still more like the old D3 pattern

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  • tsouthartsouthar Posts: 12
    Yea I Radar is sounding really good right now. I just wish they had the senate in RED. I'm currently a ARKANSAS Razorback. So I gotta have my razorback red, especially since I am a track athlete for the hogs.
  • MJEMJE Posts: 100 Baller
    This might be closer to razorback red, in your price range, and still a good ski:
    http://hosports.com/WATER-SKIS/Men-s/Coefficient-X
  • tsouthartsouthar Posts: 12
    good looking ski! A little on the pricy side. I think I might go with the 2011 Radar Senate. I know it doesnt have red on it but my red boots will go with the white and black on the ski.

    Now my next question is will my O'brien X9 bindings line up properly with the Radar screw holes??

  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,652 Mega Baller
    The Radar Theory is very red. Could be suitable? My wife seems to like hers but she doesn't ski all that much.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • tsouthartsouthar Posts: 12
    Well I looked at that as an option but it looks too wide. I have a O'brien Sequence along with the Mapple and I hate it because it's so wide. Do you know the actual width of that ski?
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,652 Mega Baller
    edited August 2012
    At 175, 30-34 mph, full length of rope, and open water, I think the Theory probably would be OK. Not the exact perfect ski, but red and likely good enough. Keep in mind that a wider modern ski is going to turn better and faster than a narrower, agressive, but old ski.

    And if you do get into the course someday, you'll want to start around 26 mph and the Theory would be the perfect option.

    Wait a second: 6'5" 175? You just took my title as the most Beanpole-like Baller!!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • tsouthartsouthar Posts: 12
    Ahh I see. Thanks for the link.

    I'll look more into the theory. I just like the style of the senate. Would you say 67" or 69"?
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 5,652 Mega Baller
    For a wider ski, 69" is HUGE. Don't need that unless you put on about 50 pounds, I'd think.

    Btw, if you get close to pulling the trigger, definitely consult with somebody at the manufacturer. Usually they are super-happy to help, and can guide you toward the right model and size.

    A Radar rep is going to know a lot more than I do about it, that's for sure!!
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • tsouthartsouthar Posts: 12
    Ok. Well I was just thinking length wise. I mean Im pretty tall. Obviously my current ski is way to short. I was just curious.

    I think I'll give them a call.
  • HortonHorton Posts: 23,827 Administrator
    Is it just me or have we been talking about ski appearance way too much for the last week? Just saying...

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  • tsouthartsouthar Posts: 12
    Hey you gotta look good while your doin it! Haha
    jaredH20
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,084 Crazy Baller
    edited August 2012
    @horton, i agree. I bought a used RCX because I wanted a decent used ski to get back into it. Even though it had the typical (for that year anyway) D3 top sheet sun fade. Who cares what the top sheet looks like if it is not functional?

    @tsouthar - just looked at some HO's and Radars at a ski shop in Boise yesterday. Both lines looked like good quality skis. I would not expect anything less. I have not skied either a Radar or an HO recently myself however.

    As I am returning to skiing more, I hope to have the ability to demo a few skis before I buy next time. I hope you have that opportunity too as I think that is the best way.
  • tsouthartsouthar Posts: 12
    Well I decided to get a 2011 model of the Radar Senate! 67".

    Thanks for all of the help guys!

    Can't wait to get that thing on the water!!
    ToddL
  • tfriesstfriess Posts: 401 Baller
    @horton it seems like we have, and I don't like it that much, a ski is a ski! Doesn't matter how it looks, jut hot it performs. It could look like a dog turd for all I care(ok that may be a stretch)
    Can I just ski 24/7?
  • usaski1usaski1 Posts: 648 Crazy Baller
    @tfriess I could make you a nice brown vinyl sticker, and your ski look like a dog turd, if you'd like!
    Mark Turner -- Water skiing changed my life forever.
  • Alvin_NeffAlvin_Neff Posts: 69 Baller
    @tsouthar I just now saw this post and would love to help you out. I live on Beaver Lake and have a demo Obrien Elite that we can set up for you and see if it will work. I was in West Palm at Nationals for the last 10 days or would have seen this post earlier. Please email me direct @ alvinneff@mac.com if you want to meet me on Beaver Lake. What a coincidence! I would like to meet you someday!
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