Do I really need a carbon?

I'm retiring my 25 yr old Kidder Redline and am knee deep in ski research. I'm 43 and do 99.9% of my skiing in fairly rough open water, but do have access to a course that I attempt from time to time. I think I've settled on an Omni or Senate Alloy, depending on which one I can find the best deal on. Most posts I've read on here has said to go with the Carbon Omni over the regular, but with the current deals on a 2021 Omni I can get one for $200 cheaper than a Carbon. For maybe only getting out on the water ~20 times a season, is the Carbon really worth how I plan to use it?


  • savaiusinisavaiusini Posts: 440 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @CALM55 Both our Carbon Omni and Omni share the same polyurethane core and come from the same mold. The addition of the Carbon makes the ski a bit more reactive and lively which is nice if you are skiing at higher speeds (32-34mph) and making aggressive turns. Carbon Omni also has an adjustable fin which helps you fine tune the ski for your technique. Omni comes with a fixed fin, but you could upgrade it to the adjustable fin at a later time if you wanted to experiment. You really can't go wrong with either one!

    Hope this helps!
    Sam Avaiusini - Operations Manager, HO Sports Company, Snoqualmie, WA
  • CALM55CALM55 Posts: 2
    Thanks for feedback. I do typically ski in the 34 mph range.
  • BungerBunger Posts: 19 Baller
    Love this post! I’m literally in the same position - retiring my beloved 25 year old Kidder Redline. Would love to have gone down the D3 route, but… $$$$. For what it’s worth, I’m going with the Senate Alloy….
  • KRoundyKRoundy Posts: 618 Crazy Baller
    edited April 27
    The Redline is an old ski, but it was top of the line in its day so why are now looking to buy low-end ski builds? If you can swing it I suggest you try a few different skis before buying, and try the newer/better/more-expensive skis and materials. I grew up skiing on a Redline and loved it. I currently ski a Senate Lithium and have tried a Senate Pro at a demo day and will definitely buy a Pro next time. The materials make a difference.
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