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PineLakeRumble
10-03-2013, 01:05 PM
After purchasing my first Mastercraft this past March and watching my kids have a fantastic time, I'm hoping to join them and get back into watersports this Summer. I basically stopped skiing, footing etc. for almost 20yrs! The old Eagle Barefoot suit still kind of fits (sadly it might fit better/tighter now than ever!) and the Drysuit will be sent out to have the seals replaced. I need some help with a ski. Here is the skinny:

Mid 40's, 5'10", 175lbs. I was never a great skier. The last ski I had was a late 80's double boot HO. I started late and all my crowd did was barefoot. There is a course on the lake and I'd like to work at it. I'm dealing with a handful typical old guy injuries that need to be sorted (ACL, Back, Shoulder) but I'm tired of sitting on the sidelines. I like to think that I still push hard but the truth is that I will now ski/foot/wakeskate etc. like I have to show up at work on Monday!

Any suggestions for a ski (used or new) that will help me get back into the course? I presume the technology has changed alot. Would I be a 67" ski? How stiff, wide, etc.? There is a lot of knowledge on this site, thanks for letting me tap in!

JMLVMI
10-03-2013, 02:45 PM
67" sounds about right. I think a good place to start would be http://www.ski-it-again.com/ to look for a used ski. It also depends on how much you will ski the course...and how good you were before you stopped :-)

More open water (these are a little wider for easier starts and riding):
HO Triumph (now called TX)
Radar Theory

More course but still some open water:
HO Coefficient X (now called CX)
Radar Senate

Plenty of other great brands out there, but Radar and HO seem to do the best job of having a product at each "stage" of the skiing progression (vs. high-end only brands like Goode, D3, etc.)

bturner2
10-03-2013, 03:41 PM
I started riding a Radar Senate this year with double Vector boots. Most comfortable boots I've owned. The ski is very stable and reminds me a lot of the EP Comp 1 I started skiing on years ago. It's aggressive enough for the course but stable enough to use in less than perfect conditions. I would recommend at least looking at this package before you buy. The good news is that this time of year there's some really good deals out there. I bought my package in pieces off of Ski It Again mid summer. It was a third less in price than what I could buy it for locally or from any of the online ski shops.

LaRue
10-03-2013, 04:28 PM
I echo the thoughts on the radar theory. solid ski and vector boots are extremely comfortable

PineLakeRumble
10-05-2013, 08:31 PM
Thanks for the heads up. I'm considering a used Radar Theory from ski it again. Are Radar Prime boots worthwhile? Are the Vector's a big step up in comfort and/or performance?

LaRue
10-05-2013, 08:42 PM
I have a 2012 69" Theory with XL Vector front boot and RTP that I will be selling. if you're interested PM me.
Edit...
I just reread this thread and the 69 might not be the best best length for you

PineLakeRumble
10-05-2013, 08:50 PM
I've got a line on a used ski for $100 but I haven't pulled the trigger yet. Still trying to sort out shipping etc. As far as bindings are concerned I'm a 9.5 shoe. I believe thats a Medium. In the past I used a double boot. I think I'm going to go that way again. Many thanks for the offer.

mikeg205
10-05-2013, 09:43 PM
I've got a line on a used ski for $100 but I haven't pulled the trigger yet. Still trying to sort out shipping etc. As far as bindings are concerned I'm a 9.5 shoe. I believe thats a Medium. In the past I used a double boot. I think I'm going to go that way again. Many thanks for the offer.

How are your fundamentals... if you're 100% there then the ski and bindings may make a difference.

with all the advances in ski's, bindings, and now the new prostar - the 43 off -- 2 buoy record still stands... :) just sayin.

JMLVMI
10-05-2013, 10:08 PM
How are your fundamentals... if you're 100% there then the ski and bindings may make a difference.

with all the advances in ski's, bindings, and now the new prostar - the 43 off -- 2 buoy record still stands... :) just sayin.

Actually is 2.5 at -43 now, Nate holds it all alone...but even he uses a rear toe plate instead of double boots!

mikeg205
10-05-2013, 10:11 PM
Actually is 2.5 at -43 now, Nate holds it all alone...but even he uses a rear toe plate instead of double boots!

right on!!! - on the rear toe plate (squaring off to boat)... I can't even image the tug-o-war as you head into the buoy number 2 and after... I don't ski courses - but the vid's of the pro's show the core, arm and leg strength needed..

I wish I had the time to even get 6 @ -22 :)

bturner2
10-06-2013, 09:30 AM
Thanks for the heads up. I'm considering a used Radar Theory from ski it again. Are Radar Prime boots worthwhile? Are the Vector's a big step up in comfort and/or performance?

Never tried the Primes but based on the pictures they seem to be shorter in height which would translate into less support. Not sure if it would matter all that much either way but the Radar rep I talked to earlier in the year had recommended the Vectors to me based on the type of skiing and level I was riding at. The Vectors are the mid tier binding between the Primes and the Vapors which are a very high end hard shell with liner style boot.

ctad
10-06-2013, 11:58 AM
I am the exact same stats as you are (45, 180, 5'11"). Just bought the 67" Radar Theory with Vector binding front and ARTP. I really like the ski; easy to get up on and is pretty stable. I am trying to complete the slalom course for the first time and am hoping this ski will be good enough. Otherwise will have to pony up for the Senate. I am going to get the back Vector boot to replace the ARTP and will be looking forward to trying out that combo next spring. You should also check out www.wakehouse.com. They've got pretty good deals on this years models as well as previous years. I actually got the 2012 Theory because I liked the red color better than the white. They also have a new 2012 Theory blemished that is selling for like $150 only sans bindings.