Slalom Handle and Mainline

tfriesstfriess Posts: 401 Baller
edited July 2012 in Skis Fins Bindings
My parents are finally getting a ski boat after begging them for years. Now I need a legit handle and mainline. I know Masterline and Radar make some decent ones, any others? Price is not an issue.
Can I just ski 24/7?


  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,968 Mega Baller
  • tfriesstfriess Posts: 401 Baller
    @MattP which one?
    Can I just ski 24/7?
  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,968 Mega Baller
    Depending on your handle diamater and length. I would just go for the custom, and their 11 section rope. I just got my new handle and rope in the mail last week. I love it. Its a product made by skiers for skiers.
  • FrankSFrankS Posts: 169 Baller
    @tfriess, you know which one you are going to get?
    Swervin'... It's what I do
  • tfriesstfriess Posts: 401 Baller
    @FrankS probably masterline
    Can I just ski 24/7?
  • Ed_JohnsonEd_Johnson Posts: 1,955
    Agree with Ron, and highly recommend the New 11 Section Masterline Pro "Knotless" Rope, with sliding loops. This is a real safety factor. Also has a really "Large Loop" on the Handle end. You can fit a Handle through it without folding it. Great for using Handle Guards, which I totally recommend.

    This rope does not seem to twist as much when dragged behind the boat. Lack of knots may have something to do with having a really clean rope.
    Loving the new ZO Rev. S Plus Mode C3+
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,000
    US Gear tournament handle, masterline or US Gear rope.
    Bob Grizzi
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,059 Baller
    Masterline ropes, or Performance Pure from FS braiding at Performance Ski and Surf of Orlando as a less expensive alternative. If you find a handle you like, stick with it. Masterline makes good handles too.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,789 Mega Baller
    In Tow makes quality products also.
    Mark Shaffer
  • scuppersscuppers Posts: 391 Baller
    US Gear - handle & mainline -Get the knotless mainline. I've had them all and USG really is the best. You can save money by getting an 8 section line. (less take off loops)
    Chuck Link, Deland Florida
  • tfriesstfriess Posts: 401 Baller
    Is there any benefit bewtween the masterline custom and carbon custom?
    Can I just ski 24/7?
  • jdarwinjdarwin Posts: 1,379 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @tfriess - none other than the plastic piping that prevents the sharp edges of a ski from fraying the rope. Otherwise, the construction is identical.
    Joe Darwin
  • tfriesstfriess Posts: 401 Baller
    How about 12 or 13 inch? Diameter? I'm 15, 6'1
    Can I just ski 24/7?
  • MattPMattP Posts: 5,968 Mega Baller
    edited July 2012
    12 inch is pretty standard. 15 and 6'1? Lucky.... um depends on where you like to hold the handle and how big your hands are. I use a .940 squeeze into Small ML gloves and hold it in my finger tips. If you hold it farther down the hand I would say go with a larger diamater. Its all really personal preference. If you can try some of your friends handles and see what you like best, or get one and sell it as slightly used and try another.
  • tfriesstfriess Posts: 401 Baller
    I have some large 41 Tails. It seems that with whatever handle I'm using, I spread my hands as far as I can. But I do like the 12 because it feels like I can keep my hands together a lot better. I feel like with a 12 I might miss the handle when I pull out tho.
    Can I just ski 24/7?
  • tfriesstfriess Posts: 401 Baller
    Can I just ski 24/7?
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,481 Mega Baller
    @Tfriess, I bought a masterline rope with extra loops last year. Helps me when trying to get to that next line length. I also had a 13" masterline straight handle whatever the most expensive one is. I just started about 2 weeks ago using a 13" bent handle from US Gear with the radius ends. The more I use it the more I'm liking it. Haven't missed a handle grab with it. I often did before. Also my left elbow has stopped hurting. I used 12" handle for years and wish I had went to 13" a long time ago. I'm 6'2".
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