Looking for advice on a new ski. I have been skiing a 2005 68" HO Mach 1 for eight years. I am 5'11", 195 lbs, 45 yrs old. I typically ride at 32-34 mph pending water conditions. I've never tried the course but I do like to cut hard. I ski larger lakes and sometimes the CA delta. I have an '87 Sanger TX, so the wake is kinda hard and is best for me at 22 off in the 32-36 mph range. Any slower and the wake is a little big.
I have enjoyed the Mach 1 because it is stable for less than perfect water and doesn't mind going straght at times when I need to rest. I also like it because when the water is glass, I can lay it down and really cut hard. Seems to be a forgiving ski and good in many conditions. I would like to upgrade to a higher performance ski with a full concave so it's easier to hold an edge through the wake when I cut hard. I could be wrong or it could be my skiing and not the ski, but I feel like the Mach 1 doesn't really like the speed when I cut hard and carry my speed across the wake. I catch a little too much air and it wants to come off edge a bit. The Mach 1 also seems to like to ride the tail and I would like to improve my stance on the ski with more weight forward.
All that being said, I have read this forum for the past month and it appears one of the following skiis might be a good choice for me.
67 HO Triumph
67 Radar Theory
68 Radar Senate
I currently have double boot Venoms and plan to transfer those bindings to save money and maybe upgrade later.
Is the Mach 1 considered a wider ski at the front? I know the Triumph and Theory are wider skiis and I am concerned about going with a wide ski because of perfermance.
I friend of mine has a 68" Monza and I have skied it a number of times but I don't really like that ski and keep going back to my Mach 1. I don't have a problem getting up on it but it always wants to be on edge and doesn't seem very forgiving. What I like about it is the fact that when I cut hard, its performance over the wake is better than the Mach 1.
I guess that's enough information. Sorry for the long thread but wanted to give you guys all the info. What do you think will be the best ski of the three listed above? Maybe the Senate because it's only a little wider? How will these be different than my Mach 1? Much improved because of the new technology? I haven't found any shop in NorCal that demos so if you know if one, please let me know. Thanks.