Senate Pro Build vs V Type R

I've been offered a 2019 Senate Pro Build blank for similar price to a 2021 Senate Alloy. Seems like a good deal, however I'm concerned it may be too much ski more me, particularly as on a small lake with other boat wakes, wind and hence 80% free ski and at most 20% course. In course I'm currently running 15' off and 46/49kph

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  • Kwoody51Kwoody51 Posts: 133 Baller
    If the ski is the right size for your weight and speed there is no worry about it being too high end.

    @horton has said it before… the only disadvantage to the top end skis is the price. All features will benefit any level skier but you may not fully appreciate or notice all those features.

    Now the question of does one ski brand suit your style of skiing is a different question all together :)
  • powbmpspowbmps Posts: 140 Baller
    Just don't get frustrated if it feels quite a bit different at first. Similar but different....I recently went from a 2017 V-Type R to a 2018 Vapor Pro Build (couldn't find a Senate Pro Build in my price range when I was looking) and it certainly is taking some time to adjust.
  • 03RLXi03RLXi Posts: 10
    " @horton has said it before… the only disadvantage to the top end skis is the price. All features will benefit any level skier but you may not fully appreciate or notice all those features. "
    I assume that's only referring to flex and not shape? I can understand it making sense if always in great conditions, coached, etc however I thought stiffer can cause problems when learning and on less than perfect water?
  • HortonHorton Posts: 31,402 Administrator
    These skis are SO different. I opt for the newer versions from whichever factory you like.

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  • thagerthager Posts: 5,374 Mega Baller
    I am currently on a 67" 2019 Senate Pro. Best ski I have been on in 10 years. Easy starts, forgiving, turns like crazy and is fast as lightning.
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  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 1,015 Mega Baller
    The senate pro build is going to be the same shape as the alloy with better guts. If they are the same price, size and and condition, get the pro build 10 times out of 10 even if its two years older.
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 1,015 Mega Baller
    Video on 2019 senate pro:

  • 03RLXi03RLXi Posts: 10
    Since learning to slalom I have only ever skied on HO System 8 which I purchased and HO V Type R which I borrow. I was thinking Omni or Senate based purely on reviews that they good to learn course with and for free skiing fairly aggressively. Based on my first thread I'd decided to just to keep using V Type R but then out of the blue got offered the Senate pro yesterday.
  • Fastguy888Fastguy888 Posts: 94 Baller
    I have a 69" 2020 Senate Graphite am 6'2" 200lbs 32mph 15-22Off skier improving every set on the course and also ski open water, as others have mentioned the shape is the same between the build constructions; however, the builds do make it a much different ski (Graphite vs Pro etc). I should have opted for the pro build as people suggested. I think you would love the Senate Pro. The pro is stiffer and rebounds faster albeit under control vs my graphite. Possibly the graphite offers more suspension flex through a choppy lake; however at 6'2" 200lbs, I prefer a stiffer ski in chop as well, as it prevents the ski from getting overly active. With my graphite senate with certain wind textures on the water I sometimes feel a weird harmonic vibrations through the ski that makes it feel like it is slowing down, I like it best on glass.
  • C5QuestC5Quest Posts: 458 Baller
    Personally liked the 2019 shape better than 21
  • 03RLXi03RLXi Posts: 10
    Are you skiing it on man made ski lake with good conditions, or on a natural lake with wind, wakes and rollers from other boats?
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,696 Mega Baller
    I’d go with that Pro Build, all day long. Even if you don’t like it, the resale on the high end skis is higher and easier to sell. I haven’t found an HO that I really got along with since the A2. I have loved the Radars. Like Horton said though, they are SO different. The Radars seem to fit MY skiing. May not fit yours. Some people loved the V Type R. I did not. That Senate will carry you better at your speeds than the VTR, so you may like it for that and you will VERY LIKELY, never be too good a skier for that ski. My ski partner rides a Senate through mid 38 off
  • MDB1056MDB1056 Posts: 816 Crazy Baller
    edited September 15
    I’m a Connelly guy so no vote here, but I can say my main ski buddy brought a brand new Senate Pro home from nationals (M7) and has never skied better. He’s running passes consistently, turning much better and has better form. The ski is definitely hooking up more for him too. Plus it’s a gorgeous ski. He’s coming off of a Syndicate Omni
  • 03RLXi03RLXi Posts: 10
    Sounding like its worth a go. FYI interest in high end slalom skis is limited in NZ hence why I'm being cautious
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