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malibudog

Women's slalom ski recommendation?

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malibudog

Long story, but we lost a friend's slalom ski out on the lake.  It was a 1997 Duvall ski, which she had bought new.  She is a good recreational skiier, but does not run a course.

We are looking to replace her ski with something as good or better.  

If I can't find an exact match, does anyone have any recommendations for what to buy new?  I understand that a Radar Lyric is top of the line.  Is that a good choice?

What other skis would you recommend?  And what bindings do you think I should consider.

She is fairly small in stature - probably 5'2", and probably only weighs around 110.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.  Thanks.

 

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chantel

Will she be buying new? I have a 2016 HO CX and I looooove it. I am the same size and I have the 65. I usually ski between 30-32mph. Last year HO started making the Omni instead of the CX, which they insist is better, but I haven't tried it yet. The Radar Lyric is what I had before the HO and it is really fun, too. I'm not sure how they compare to what she had before, but both are really good options.

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Eagleboy99

IIRC the Duvalls were built by Denny Kidder and possibly used his design methodology, so D3 would be a great choice.  But they are not cheap.  KD skis are still around - NOS - you could look into those as well.  Wiley's might have something reasonable.  At  the women's size/weight a kid's/youth ski would likely work.

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mackie12

My wife runs the D3 helix, thought it may have been too good/fast of a ski for her but after a few runs she loved it. she set a PB on it this year.

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Chaabo

I second a D3 as she’s coming off a ski out of the KD family. Nice thing about these skis (almost all of them) is that they ride all quite similar and the skier will have a very short time to adapt to a new(er) d3 model.

Go on ski-it-again and check what’s available. For a lightweight woman a ARC-S would be my recommendation. It’s a softer ski that is stable, very forgiving, and predictable, yet very fast.

I always liked the Radar Vector bindings, but that is totally a skiers preference. Check with her if she prefers a rubber binding before you buy anything!

 

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Cole2001

There is decent looking Strada in the classifieds. 66” might be a tab big for her though. 

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Eagleboy99

My wife is about the size of the OP\s friend and a 66" would be a surfboard.  Just sayin'

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3sport

 

14 minutes ago, Cole2001 said:

There is decent looking Strada in the classifieds. 66” might be a tab big for her though. 

 

6 minutes ago, Eagleboy99 said:

My wife is about the size of the OP\s friend and a 66" would be a surfboard.  Just sayin'

Haha.  I'll say.  I'm 5'10 and 165 and I ski a 66" strada.

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Cole2001

Ya I ride a 67” Strada and I’m about 160. 

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Eagleboy99
1 hour ago, Cole2001 said:

Ya I ride a 67” Strada and I’m about 160. 

I ride a 67 X5 Pro and I am a fair bit heavier than that.  :)  34 mph.

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minnmarker

Don't get her lace up bindings unless that's what she had before.   Safety.

I'm 150 and ski nicely on a 66, so 64 or 65 should be more than enough for her.

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Cole2001
3 hours ago, Eagleboy99 said:

I ride a 67 X5 Pro and I am a fair bit heavier than that.  :)  34 mph.

I don’t ride 34:rofl:   Lol. Only skied a couple times this year, sadly. 

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oldjeep

I'd have a look at a Radar Lyric or maybe a vapor.  A strada is a pretty old ski, so make sure the condition is really good before spending much on one.

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malibudog

Thanks so much.  As always, the crew has been a ton of help.  #minnmarker, can I get clarification on the "don't get lace up bindings/safety" issue.  I do not know what she had before (would guess high wrap, given the age of the ski), but most everything I see nowadays (for the Lyric or otherwise) is lace up.  I know it would take her some getting used to, but are lace ups less safe in general?  Or maybe am I just not understanding what you mean by lace up??  Thanks again.  Rob

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Cole2001

Lace up generally don’t realese on a crash which can cause major ankle injuries. The rubber wrapped bindings if you go head over heals will hopefully come off.

edit: don’t realese as easily should have been the proper way to put it. 

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DonT

Disagree with @Cole2001.  The Radar lace-up use a bungee for the top lace.  When putting them on, tighten the lower lace snug, and do not overtighten the top.  On dry land, you should be able to pull the heel up...to the point of pulling out of the binding.  When I'm done w/ a set, I can always pull my ski off just by pulling on the tip.  As with any binding, understand it's limitations and how to use it.

 

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onamission
41 minutes ago, DonT said:

Disagree with @Cole2001.  The Radar lace-up use a bungee for the top lace.  When putting them on, tighten the lower lace snug, and do not overtighten the top.  On dry land, you should be able to pull the heel up...to the point of pulling out of the binding.  When I'm done w/ a set, I can always pull my ski off just by pulling on the tip.  As with any binding, understand it's limitations and how to use it.

 

If you want to go old school rubber, Wiley's is the way to go.  

Not one of my best moments, but here's a video going out the front with Radar Vapor's, nothing hurt other then my pride.

Edited by onamission

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oldjeep
34 minutes ago, DonT said:

Disagree with @Cole2001.  The Radar lace-up use a bungee for the top lace.  When putting them on, tighten the lower lace snug, and do not overtighten the top.  On dry land, you should be able to pull the heel up...to the point of pulling out of the binding.  When I'm done w/ a set, I can always pull my ski off just by pulling on the tip.  As with any binding, understand it's limitations and how to use it.

 

x2.  My radar laceups have no issue releasing

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onamission

Did a quick search on waterski bindings and its hard to find a binding that doesn't have laces. 

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