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Old 12-22-2013, 10:05 AM
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New Ski Recommendations

Looking to purchase a new ski for this summer. I currently use whatever someone else has in the boat or one of my family's community skis but can't recall any brands/models. I'm 6'0 tall and weigh 200-210 lbs. I ski 30-32 MPH all open water but would like something that I can learn the course on as well.

Any recommendations? Thanks!
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Old 12-22-2013, 10:52 AM
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I recommend a step (maybe 2) down from the tournament level skis. Skiing in open water, IMO you're better off getting a "heavier" ski that isn't all carbon fiber. I would say a length of 66"-68" would be suitable (it all depends). Radar seems to be putting out the best stuff, I ride a Vice, but if you're looking to buy new, good things have been said about the Senate. Connelly V and Concept are good skis with their own respective characteristics. I'm less familiar with HO, looks like the CX might be comparable. Others will be more helpful. Welcome to the sport!
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Old 12-22-2013, 11:27 AM
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My Radar Senate is an really good ski that skis well in open water and goes into the course as well (and you don't need to spend the new ski prices) ... look for one on the Internet ... many retailers still have them .... 69" is a great size for your size...... I think that ski will take you into 34 MPH without issue but ski well at 30-32 ....

http://www.wakeboards.com/Radar-Sena...m?1=1&CartID=0
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:21 PM
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I also have a Senate with vector bindings and am coming off a Connelly Concept. Couldn't be happier. Much better experience for me over the concept. Especially like the vectors over the sidewinders I had on the concept.
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Old 12-22-2013, 12:24 PM
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Ho Triumph is a good ski as well - and not a bad price. Almost any cross ski in 69" will do you well. I would focus on a good set of bindings as well... such as Ho Animals or if you have the cash the Reflex bindings. only a mere $740 http://www.miamiskinautiques.com/Ref...Fa9aMgodDgYAxg

I would go with at least a mid to upper grade binding from any of the top tier ski manufacturers.
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Old 12-22-2013, 01:13 PM
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As my member name RadarDad implies I am pro Radar. That being said look at the Alloy Senate or a 2013 Senate. In 67". The max speed for both skies is 34. A long time ago the rep for Kidder made me go to a 68" ski and I have stayed with it. I am 200 lbs. and 6'1". The Senate 67" should work well. Go on the site www.radarskies.com.
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Old 12-22-2013, 01:20 PM
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Connelly F1X may be a good choice
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Old 12-22-2013, 02:39 PM
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I would second the h o triumph and would watch e-bay rather than buy new
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Old 12-22-2013, 08:37 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions, I've got lots to look into tonight. I've read some about sizing, most manufacturers would recommend a 69" ski for my height and weight but a lot of guys seem to buy a ski one size down. Any particular benefits to this?
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Old 12-22-2013, 09:40 PM
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I'm 210 and ride a 69" at 32. Love it. Unless your into the course go longer rather than shorter. It'll pay off in rougher water.

Action Water Sports in MI had killer deals on Senates with vector bindings through the holidays with free shipping. Also chech "ski it again" and EBay for clearence deals......
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