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2015/2016 ski suggestions

76S&S76S&S Posts: 98 Baller
edited August 2017 in Skis Fins Bindings
Hello Ballers, I have the itch for a new to me ski and would like some suggestions. I'm 54 6'2", 205 and am currently on a 70" HO Phantom. 30 years ago I got into 32 off regularly but don't currently have access to a course (working on that). So right now I guess you would call me an aggressive open water skier; I do really want to get back in the course though.

So, all of that being said I would appreciate some suggestions for a 16 or 17 model ski. Even though my wife says to buy whatever I want, I just can't justify the price of a 2018 top of the line ski given my current situation. I ski 3 to 4 times a week now on Lake Tuscaloosa if there are any other Ballers in the area.

Oh, and binding suggestions also, double boots.



  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,961 Mega Baller
    At 205 a 68" modern ski should work pretty well. There are a bunch of 2016-2017 68" skis on with prices ranging from $600-1100.

    If you are looking for something a little bigger the HO CX Superlite and TX Superlite come in 69" sizes, the Radar Senate comes in 69 and the Vapor is available in 69.5". Those bigger sizes are hard to find.
    Mark Shaffer
  • 76S&S76S&S Posts: 98 Baller
    Thanks Chef, not really looking for something bigger. I bought the Phantom several years ago when I was around 230 and want to get back on a smaller stick.
  • GarGar Posts: 311 Baller
    I have a 2015 67.75 inch Goode Flextail if your interested will make you a good deal on it.
  • 76S&S76S&S Posts: 98 Baller
    I've found some 2016 Radar Profile bindings for a decent price. Thoughts on those and how true does the sizing run?
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,961 Mega Baller
    Given that you want to go smaller there is a D3 ARC-S, Mapple T3, Vapor Pro-Build and Goode Rev 6 all in 68. There is also a Goode XTM in 66.5 which would fit your size and weight as well. Any of those would be a good improvement over the Phantom as would @Gar Flextail.
    Mark Shaffer
  • dabeej20dabeej20 Posts: 23 Baller
    I just bought a NOS 2016 profile binding from ebay for around 140 I think. I wear size 11 in almost all brands of shoes. Bought a size 11 boot and it fits well. I am pleased with my purchase.

    Just be wary, Radar boots fit most skis I think. Not sure if they fit every ski though.
  • gt2003gt2003 Posts: 726 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    If you're looking for something more frugal I've got a 68 inch 2016 Radar Alloy Vapor for $400, Blank only
    2014 HO TX
    1996 Malibu Echelon
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,874 Mega Baller
    I recently left my Phantom with dbl Animals behind after 16 seasons. I tested 5 skis and 4 different dbl boot set ups and ended up with a 2016 HO V-Type R with dbl Radar Vapor Carbitex boots on a Sequence plate that's bolted down tight at each end.
  • sunvalleylawsunvalleylaw Posts: 1,259 Mega Baller
    edited August 2017
    Try a D3 ARC. With the D3 T-factors. Ski-it-again has a new ARC-S in a 68" that the seller says has two demo rides on it. Mine (67", I weigh 185-ish) is a yellow ARC, but a lot of people really like the ARC-S.
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