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Thread: New Slalom Ski

  1. #1
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    Default New Slalom Ski

    After years of using my dad's Kidder from the 80's, I'd say I'm ready for a new ski! I'm 18 years old, and I've been skiing for about seven years. I've slowly progressed to an intermediate-advanced skier, but I am by no means close to an expert! I am pretty comfortable in open water at around 28-31 MPH, but I have not made an attempt at the course yet (we don't have one on our lake). Being that I don't know any pros, and no other friends or family members have bought a new ski in a while, I need a few tips! What style? What brands? What bindings? What I do know is that I would be anywhere from a 67-69" and that HO, Radar, and Connelly are all good brands. I'm looking for something that will be a great intermediate all-around ski that will also be suitable for the course if I choose to do so. Thanks!

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    Lots of skis out there that will work- Radar senate meets you description. Stable and predictable ski for open water- will take you into the course from 28mph to 34 mph. If you're on a budget keep an eye on ski-it-again for one. If you want to try one out on the course all you need to do is drive to Indiana.
    2008 OBV
    2001 Ski Nautique closed bow
    attracted to shiny things that float

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    I would recommend a rear boot (vs open heel).
    2007 Mobius LSV
    1989 Sanger Skier DX - sold

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    I feel like you're right, but I've gotten so used to starting with one foot out over the years! And thanks for the input skiyaker, but Indiana is a jont from where I'm at! I know of a few places in the state with slalom courses, so I'll make the road trip when I'm ready!

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    I figured as much but it's not that hard to get used to and the additional control is worth it. You're young, switch to a full boot and you'll never look back.
    2007 Mobius LSV
    1989 Sanger Skier DX - sold

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    Tons of quality slalom sticks out there. Look closely and research them. Look up every ski manufacturer and read about their different ski's. They all have pro models as well as models that would more suit you and your abilty.
    The rear boot vs RTP is an ongoing arguement that will forever go on in my mind. Personally I ski with a double binding set up but in the end it's a matter afo preference. I ski with guys who run into some short line lengths and they won't wear double boots.
    If I can give you any advice it would be do not purchase a ski you're not ready to ski on! It might cost a little more in the long run but it's well worth it. I am saying that from experience.
    I happen to have an HO System 8 blank that I'd be willing to make a good deal on. I started skiingon it when I got back into the sport a few years back and since then have gone through 3 more ski's and am currently riding an HO A3. There is no comparison in the two ski's. If I would have bought the A3 first I wouldn't have been able to ski on it.
    Good luck man and when you do find a ski your next step should be to seek out some coaching!
    Let us know what you end up riding?
    2004 Ski Nautique 196 LE
    67" HO Syndicate A3 w/ Radar Strata Bindings

    Stay STACKED & Pull HARD!!!

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    Radar Senate!

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    Any way to demo a few at a local ski shop? A double boot is the only way to go. Line was said above, switch now while you are young and you will never go back.
    Scott
    2007 Mobius LSV with a lot of great upgrades and mods

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