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Help me choose boots for my new ski

Jayhawk5Jayhawk5 Posts: 6 New Baller
I just bought a boat and want to get back into slalom skiing. I purchased a new 2014 HO CX ski last week and need to decide on some bindings. I use to ski quite a bit but its been about 10 years since Ive done it consistently due to not having access to an adequate boat. All of my previous experience slalom skiing has been on a O'Brian competition ski that my dad had from the 70's so I'm hoping to be in for a surprise with some updated quality equipment. I would say I'm at an intermediate level, I can cut hard but have never done a course and don't really have access to one. I'm sure my form is pretty bad. I just want something that is comfy and will not need to ever be replaced unless its damaged. I'm just planning on getting out and having fun but want to improve also. I may even take a couple day lesson once I get back into it and get some time on the water.

Thanks

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  • Jayhawk5Jayhawk5 Posts: 6 New Baller
    I should also say that if I can find new 2013 or 2014 at a discount on ebay I would probably go that route. I don't feel like I need the latest and greatest if it allows me to save some coin.
  • pgmoorepgmoore Posts: 201 Solid Baller
    edited June 2015
    It's hard to go wrong with Radar Vector boots - http://radarskis.com/#!-/boots/-/VectorBoot

    --> comfortable, fit a wide range of foot sizes and shapes, safe and easy release, and reasonably priced.

    These boots will take you a long way.
    Patrick Moore
  • Jayhawk5Jayhawk5 Posts: 6 New Baller
    That's exactly what I'm looking for in a boot. I'd like something that will release easy when I bite it because I'm sure ill be doing plenty of that.
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,821 Mega Baller
    edited June 2015
    One of my ski buddies just bought a 2014 HO SL TX from Wiley's and he got the 2014 HO Attack w/ rear toe. He loves the ski and binding. Says he felt right at home coming off his Monza w/ an Animal boot. His 1st set off the dock today was 2 @ -35. 1 buoy short of a pb. Damn good considering he turned 72 on June 2.
  • HallpassHallpass Posts: 146 Solid Baller
    When I was at Wiley's two weeks ago, they had some stock on last year's vector boots, which will save you a few bucks over this years model. Personally, I tried on a number of boots, and ended up going with Wiley's boots. Good, old-fashion, rubber, double wraps. BKH
  • Jayhawk5Jayhawk5 Posts: 6 New Baller
    Will the feather frame vector boots mount on an HO CX ski or do I need the aluminum plates?
  • Jayhawk5Jayhawk5 Posts: 6 New Baller
    I was going to go with a front foot vector boot and a radar toe plate. Ive never used double boots so I may as well stick with the toe plate.
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,649
    Radar Profile boot is just that nuch better...
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski - KD Platinum

  • Jayhawk5Jayhawk5 Posts: 6 New Baller
    I would like to stick with a boot that fits a wider range of sizes so that friends and family can use my ski also.
  • wtrskiorwtrskior Posts: 704 Crazy Baller
    @Jayhawk5 the vector is the one you want. If other people have feet outside it's size range They need their own ski. The standard fits size 7-11
  • WayneWayne Posts: 454 Baller
    @Jayhawk5 you need to get the aluminum plate version of Radar boots to mount them on an HO ski. I'm running Vectors (well sometimes) on my 2013 HO CoX and had to get the plate versions. Take a look at the Radar Sequence plate. It's the route I went. It's more expensive but the adjustment range and increments are better with the sequence plate.

  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,233 Mega Baller
    edited June 2015
    I just picked up a pair of O'Brien Prodigy boots, new, old stock. I bought them for a knock-around boat ski 2011 CX I had. I bought the 11L and 12R. I wear an 11.5 to 12 shoe and have heard these run small. They don't, they are perfectly dead on. Heat mold them exactly as the instructions say. They were very much like the Strada and RS-1 boots of the time. I played with mine yesterday afternoon and couldn't be happier. For $50 you're either set to go or you have a front boot and an extra. I actually thought I was going to use my reflex on front and the 12 in back, but since even the 11 fit comfortably, it serves it's purpose as the ski for everyone even better.
    Now nobody but me even sees my Vapor.
    Could also be a cost-effective way into some OB4's.
  • spartanskier10spartanskier10 Posts: 35 Baller
    Heads up on sizing for the vectors. I am a size 10 shoe, went with the XL (10-14) over the STND (7-11). They are absolutely perfect; I do not think I would fit in the stnd's. They seem to run a bit small so if you are borderline, go with the size up.
    ToddL
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