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erkoehler
04-01-2006, 11:39 AM
I was thinking about getting a slalom ski to take with me to camp this year. I slalomed in my early teens, but haven't really attempted to slalom in the last 5+ years, but since I will be at camp all summer and the majority of the counselors there seem to slalom I thought I should bring a stick and get back into it.

SO, what do you guys think of the 2005 or 2006 H.O. Magnum or Charger? I don't really want to spend more than $400 since I don't even know if I will like to slalom, and these seem to be marked at a decent price.

Here is a link to the charger: http://www.anythingxtreme.com/HO-Sports-Charger-Slalom-2006-Waterskis-P12263C1747.aspx


And here is the Magnum: http://www.anythingxtreme.com/HO-Sports-Magnum-Slalom-2006-Waterskis-P12264C1747.aspx

Any other ski recommendations for a beginner? Does anybody have a used ski for sale that is atleast a 69"??

Hoosier Bob
04-01-2006, 11:41 AM
The Connelly FX has had some nice reviews. I see last years going very cheap with high end bindings. Go rear toe until you get it. :toast:

erkoehler
04-01-2006, 11:42 AM
I was definetly thinking of getting the ski with both boots, and getting a RTP to start with.

Hoosier Bob
04-01-2006, 11:45 AM
Sorry Connelly F1X. http://fc2k.perfski.com/showitem.cfm?catnum=39&itemnum=1630 $389 with excellent bindings + shipping! You can find it cheaper on Ebay. Comes with the same hardware as the F1 and is one bad arse ski. I love Connelly quality as well.

Hoosier Bob
04-01-2006, 12:06 PM
Here is an 04 but 67" only!http://www.bartswatersports.com/catalog.asp?P=7873

erkoehler
04-01-2006, 12:20 PM
Here's a 68", what do you guys think of this one?

http://www.bartswatersports.com/closeouts/Water_Skis/Slalom_Water_Skis/Obrien_Quest_Water_Ski/index.asp

Davo
04-04-2006, 04:50 PM
I don't know skis, but if you're not sure you'll like it then just use a friend's stick.

6ballsisall
04-04-2006, 04:53 PM
Uh oh........ here goes another 4k posts :rolleyes: :D

3event
04-04-2006, 05:30 PM
I wouldnt recommend a shaped ski because you will grow out of it if you are working on your skills, but admittedly that's based on the experience of just 1 ski pal. Get a traditional shape and grunt it out at first, you will be happy with it for more years. I have a HO Truth, but based on whats available today that might not be what I choose...

Wasnt there a great slalom ski thread some time back ???????????

Leroy
04-04-2006, 06:18 PM
I'll offer the pro shaped ski view. As a mid 40's little overweight....well maybe more than a little, I bought my EP wide track for $35 off ebay 3 years ago on advice of LeeC. It is easy to ski, has been great fun, I have a ski anyone can get up on, and is very forgiving. I skied at 32MPH most of last summer and stepped up to 34MPH at the end of the summer. Was out 2-3 times a week last summer. I am able to do a pretty good one hand turns and did make one ball at Mag Fest last summer(first time ever in a course).


I am looking to step up this summer to something mid performance. Everyone needs a learner ski, unless you are in good shape, correct weight, and wanting to advance quickly I would recommend a wide ski, have some fun and move up when you are ready.

skibrain
04-04-2006, 08:46 PM
What kind of a boat will you be skiing behind at camp?
You've said you want at least a 69" ski. What is your weight?
You want to "get back into it" after your early teens. Are you 18 or 48?
(can't tell from your post if you're a camper or a counselor)
If this is a camp that features water skiing, is there equipment available for you to use?

I recommend you borrow/try a number of skis from friends if possible. Anyone I have ever skied with is glad to share their gear and do what they can to help someone else improve. You will likely discover something you feel works best.

I wouldn't spend $400 on gear for a sport you are not sure you are going to like. On the other hand it is fun to get your own stick when you are confident that you're getting something you know you'll like.

erkoehler
04-04-2006, 08:56 PM
What kind of a boat will you be skiing behind at camp?
You've said you want at least a 69" ski. What is your weight?
You want to "get back into it" after your early teens. Are you 18 or 48?
(can't tell from your post if you're a camper or a counselor)
If this is a camp that features water skiing, is there equipment available for you to use?

I recommend you borrow/try a number of skis from friends if possible. Anyone I have ever skied with is glad to share their gear and do what they can to help someone else improve. You will likely discover something you feel works best.

I wouldn't spend $400 on gear for a sport you are not sure you are going to like. On the other hand it is fun to get your own stick when you are confident that you're getting something you know you'll like.

I am only 21, and I haven't slalomed probably since 15/16.

I will learn to love it even if I don't like it at first :D I am going to be a boat driver for a camp in Maine and drive Mastercrafts all sumer :cool:

I don't think there will be much in the way of slalom skis to try out there and I want to get comfortable on my own ski before I go out there. I leave on June 8, and am taking the boat out of storage this weekend, so as soon as I get a ski, I will start to re-learn everything.

skibrain
04-05-2006, 08:35 AM
Sounds like a great summer!

BeavenX5
04-05-2006, 09:36 AM
My friend got a Charger 2 years ago. He was a beginner and learned a lot with it. 3 years ago, when he started, he had trouble getting out on one ski with my old LaPointe. Deep water starts became easy immediately with the Charger. He is now a good skier and will begin in the slalom course this year with this ski.
I tried the Charger myself and found it easy to ski with and was able to use it in the course at 30MPH. The Charger is a lot easier and forgiving ski than my Truth.
My friend is 6'4" 220lb and was going to buy the Magnum. Our ProShop owner (fellow TT member here) directed him towards the Charger (same ski but shorter) as the magnum is realy a big ski for heavy weight. It was definately a right call.
I hope this helps.
JC