O'Brien Siege or Connelly Shortline?

MinnesotaMillerMinnesotaMiller Posts: 4
edited June 28 in Mostly Slalom

I am trying to decide between an O'brien Siege (~2017 model) and Connelly Shortline (~2018). They are the only good options for used skis in my area. They are the same price.

Which one do you think is better for me?

I am a beginner skier and just want to mess around on the lake with my family.

My weight: 165
Height: 5' 10"

Any help on this would be appreciated!


  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 1,244 Mega Baller
    My neighbor has a 67 D3 NRG R1
    he is selling for a great price, I think he would take $500 for it!
    Mike Erb Cedar Ridge Canton Miss.
    Horton is my hero
  • VermontSkierVermontSkier Posts: 76 Baller
    Something like this would be a much better investment and take you further as you progress, and honestly would probably be more fun than those two budget skis:

  • Cooper_TrelawneyCooper_Trelawney Posts: 390 Crazy Baller
    It's interesting that the O'Brien Siege and the Connelly Shortline were at one time the top skis in their respective brands and the names have been recycled down to entry-level budget skis.
    Travis Anderson, Texas waterfront REALTOR
  • JmoskiJmoski Posts: 494 Crazy Baller
    Given you level and weight your probably best on a 67” ski, not sure what length options you have on the used siege or short line.
  • Jmoski, thanks for the input. I believe the skis are both 67" so I am glad that you have confirmed they are the correct length.
  • MitchellMMitchellM Posts: 176 Solid Baller
    How much are you paying for these? I'm a Connelly skier, but the Siege is likely your better option here of the two you listed. I believe the shortline in 2018 was little more than a beginner ski.
  • MitchellM,
    Thanks for the input! I'm leaning towards the Siege now.
    Both skis are $100.

    There is also a newish 68" HO Mach 1 in my area.
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 5,294 Mega Baller
    @Cooper_Trelawney they had a bunch of sieges They had a really crap tunnel bottom.

    @MinnesotaMiller I wouldn't. Particularly not one with bindings for 100
  • vtmechengvtmecheng Posts: 987 Mega Baller
    I had a Siege back in the day and am not a fan. It hunted for an edge constantly. You would be better off buying a used better ski that gets shipped to you instead of something close by.
  • InboardfixInboardfix Posts: 135 Baller
    @MinnesotaMiller prior posts mentioning the Siege having many iterations are correct. In the '90s the ski was a narrow tunnel ski which you either loved or hated. Not sure there is a single narrow tunnel ski being made today. Funny story to give an example of the non user friendly attributes of some narrow tunnel skis: Kidder had one called the Velocity and within 3 months discontinued it and introduced the Velocity ST. My Kidder rep at the time said the ST was an acronym for "Second Try".

    However, the 2017 Siege is made from the Sixam 2.0 mold but doesn't have the 100% carbon construction (100% is a marketing gimmick which referrs to the top layer being a sheet of carbon covering 100% of the ski rather than strips as in the early days of carbon constructed skis). The 2017 Siege is very capable of taking you through 28 off and is a super stable platform if you are a true beginner.
  • @Inboardfix Thanks for the great background info! I'm picking up the Siege today. Thanks to everyone who contributed.
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