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CheeseSteak1 03-14-2015 01:01 AM

Looking for a Ski
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I started skiing again this past summer with my neighbor's old wood Billy Baroo. It did the trick but its seen better days. We have a slalom course on our lake and we want to give it hell this summer. I was looking on craigslist and found a few. I'm 6' & 210 lbs. Any input on these? Thanks

NXT comp 66 with two boots (too advanced? over priced?)
Jobe Honeycomb (length not listed)
Jobe 64 (model not listed)

D3skier 03-14-2015 01:54 AM

I think there's still a lot of open ended questions here as far as what to suggest. You've listed your weight which is helpful but how fast are you running the course? what is the max you're willing to spend on a ski? Another good place to look is ski it again.

CheeseSteak1 03-14-2015 02:13 AM

I have no course experience. Open water I run about 32-34 mph. Not sure if that helps

paco_06 03-14-2015 07:48 AM

I can tell you from experience you need at least a 68" ski. I had a 66" for years (good quality ski) and started into the course last year thinking I was a decent skier. I never could run the course on that ski. I borrowed a 67" from a skiing partner and got it the first try on an unfamiliar ski. I am about your size, 6-0 205lbs, the 67" I used was a radar senate and not as pricey as the 66" ski I was on. I ran across a 67" ho a2 and was able to run it on it also, but still a tad short. I now have a 68" a2, haven't got to try it yet but I know I'll like it.

You're not gonna find many good skis on craigslist, check for good deals. Shipping is high $40-60 due to the size, so figure that in. Also go to to research all the different skis for your style. But there will be others on here to chyme in and help. HO, radar, d3, and high end O'Brien's are good picks.

paco_06 03-14-2015 08:03 AM

CheeseSteak1 03-14-2015 10:34 AM

Thanks Paco!

mikeg205 03-14-2015 10:50 AM

There are a lot things to consider.. line length - are you skiing at 75 feet - boat speed - skill level. Not just ski length - but ski design. A Radar Senate, HO Triumph, HO Monza, Connelly concept should get you thru a course.

That being said I see people run course with open water ski like a HO Comp free ride. If you're going to be working the course - you may want to demo some new skis before you buy - and see how they work for you . That may help you decide which used ski to buy.

I have an 2012 68" HO Coefficient X superlite 6' 190-200 - unfortunately the ski is not my problem finishing the course ;) - but only have 8 passes thru a course under my belt ;)

epnault 03-14-2015 12:23 PM

I have a 69 Coefficient X with double boots or the rear toe plate if interested.

If you really want to go all out it is awesome to try a bunch. Looks like you are in IL. Head over to the Liquid Edge for a set and Doug will put you in the right ski for you.

TxsRiverRat 03-16-2015 01:14 PM

Those skis you listed are antiques... You'd be just as good to ski on a cinder block with some rubber boots. Not worth but about $5 each and used for guests.

Get a modern ski that was built this decade.

dfski 03-16-2015 08:25 PM

69" Senate
My son has a few year old 69 inch Radar Senate (2012, I think) that he was getting ready to list for sale. He ran the course at 34 mph on it when he was 200+. He has since lost some weight (hes around 170ish now) and is skiing 36 so he upgraded to a shorter Radar Vapor. Its in good condition with some markings from the bindings. Its currently blank (I moved the bindings to my 65 Senate) but he may have some older Radar Vector bindings available. If youre interested, PM me with your email or phone number and I will give you some more information/pictures. Were also in the St. Louis area.

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