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mxhideout 12-04-2012 04:50 PM

Slalom Ski Recommendations?
Since it's winter here, I figured I might as well start looking for my first ski. First off, I'm looking for something used due to my budget. I'm a newb to slalom on the water, and have never even been behind an MC before. With that said, I want something fairly aggressive so I don't outgrow it in a few months, and in case I want to compete.

I don't know much about skis, so I'm just looking for some suggestions on what to look for. I'm 5'6" and about 140lbs.

mikeg205 12-04-2012 05:41 PM

Get an HO Comp Free Ride.. Easy to get up on and it will take you thru a course. But forget'll be wiped out by the higher end ski's... Start with a open water ski like the Free Ride, then move to a cross-over and if your better than the ski...then go syndicate... There are many ski's on ebay this time of year.... and at just my opinion - i am sure other skiers will chime in.

Don't forget a ski plan...start with something sell it..move on.. :)

corey 12-04-2012 05:48 PM

Dude, you're right up the street from us (Midwest MasterCraft) stop in anytime to talk skis we're always happy to help even if you don't buy a ski from us, as mike stated ski it again is a great resource, we're working with the Minnesota Waterski Association too so hopefully we can get some of them to upgrade to new skis and get their used ones into some new hands.

We have some pretty good closeouts cooking and we also offer a demo program so if you don't find anything before spring you can still hit the water for ice out.

mxhideout 12-04-2012 06:14 PM

What size ski should I be looking for? I may check out Midwest mc if I ever get the free time to go down there.

corey 12-04-2012 06:19 PM

How fast are you skiing?

mxhideout 12-04-2012 06:25 PM

Not sure yet. I'm guessing 34 or 36.

mikeg205 12-04-2012 06:43 PM

Corey will set you they have that black x-10 :)

mxhideout 12-04-2012 06:48 PM

Ha, just bought a ps190, so we're good on that.

rodltg2 12-04-2012 07:15 PM

I am partial to D3, they seem so forgiving and will easily transition to course skiing. Although I have upgraded thorught out the years, I started the course on a d3 barely scrapping a few bouys at 30mph. Now years later and still hacking up the course, my D3 still performs for me at 34 thru 28. Capable of alot more and easy for beginners. With that said, I am sure other skiis are just as suitable. I have heard great things about the HO Triumph and I am considering getting one for my lazy days. You can find an early D3 on ski-it - again for cheap.

madcityskier 12-04-2012 10:42 PM

If you're new to slalom try starting slower, everything is easier to link together at slower speeds. As you get your form together and everything clicks, up the speed a little at a time. You will develop fewer bad habits and avoid a lot of hard falls.

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