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Old Rookie trying to picture how lines and handles differ

NicadNicad Posts: 39 Baller
We are certainly not high performance skiers in my family, but weekend duffers who go out for a couple of sessions on a weekend. I'd like to get a new handle and line and am trying to figure how this can make a difference and wear out as fast as I see some claim. Does the line stretch in a way that makes one perform better than another? Is there one style of handle that is preferable for slalom skiing? We aren't going through a course, just trying to make a nice turn linked to the next one.

TIA.
Bruce_Butterfield

Comments

  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,041
    go to Masterline USA and take a look. They have a wide range of handles and ropes.
    Bob Grizzi
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 1,204 Mega Baller
    Ropes break down over time from use and UV. Crummy ropes feel like skiing with a rubber band. Get a good one and keep it out of the sun and it'll last you a number of years if you're just weekend warriors.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,799 Mega Baller
    Handles are preference. The bar is either round or sometimes oval in profile. Width overall from 11 to around 15 inches. They can be straight or contoured in the middle. Bridles may have protective tubing or not.

    Mainline are mostly sold by how many loops. You can save money by not having all of the loops for shortening. Or like me if you pull lots of two skiers and rec people I rebuild my rope putting the 43 41 39 38 35 etc first and sort of alternate because otherwise we wear out 15 to 28 pretty quick and it let's you move ahead of any bump in your boats wake.

    Slalom ropes have some give/stretch which saves your elbows but does wear out so replace periodically keep it out of the sun when possible and don't let it knot and you will get good service.
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 566 Crazy Baller
    Here are some handle options for a "bent" handle with "anti-roll" features from my preferred custom handle maker (You can also get a straight or radius handle with similar options and without antiroll):

    Options:
    Length: 12" or 13"
    Diameter: (.888) (.940) (.970) (1.00) (1.03) (1.062) (1.092) (1.125) (1.183)
    Spectra Color: Dark Grey, Red, Blue, Orange, Yellow, Neon Green, Neon Yellow, Neon Pink

    Other options:
    Cross Bar
    Ski Guard
    Vinyl Tubing past the V (only)

    **
    I prefer 1.0 inch diameter bent handles, 13" wide, with a cross bar and anti-roll features, but no vinyl tubing to keep the rope from fraying.

    The best handle is the one that fits your hand, is comfortable, doesn't hurt your elbows, and makes you smile every time you grab it.
    bigskieridaho
  • KillerKiller Posts: 396 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    I've been using the masterline 8 loop rope. No line markings and only $50, goes to 39.5off. Same quality as their other ropes but your boat crew needs to know their colors! https://www.masterlineusa.com/collections/ropes/products/masterline-10-75m-slalom-rope-39-5off
  • KillerKiller Posts: 396 ★★★★Quad Panda Award Recipient ★★★★
    I've been using the masterline 8 loop rope. No line markings and only $50, goes to 39.5off. Same quality as their other ropes but your boat crew needs to know their colors! https://www.masterlineusa.com/collections/ropes/products/masterline-10-75m-slalom-rope-39-5off
  • NicadNicad Posts: 39 Baller
    Thanks for these suggestions. Will start looking to make a purchase.
  • skialexskialex Posts: 908 Crazy Baller
    Masterline makes the highest quality rope and worth the extra bucks, 8 loop rope is a very good idea for saving money without sacrificing quality.
  • GarGar Posts: 311 Baller
    Intow!
    jjackkrash
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 851 Crazy Baller
    The Mmasterline 8 section rope is a good value,....at $35 the 5 section rope is an even better value if you don't think you'll be seeing 35off within the next year or so.
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