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srab

new slalom advice

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srab

With March just around the corner, I'm beginning to get fired up about the new season.

I've been wanting a slalom ski upgrade.

I'm 150-155 lbs (pretty consistent over the past 5 yrs. or so) and prefer to ski about 29-30

mph. I ski on a public lake and have never had the opportunity to ski the course. Probably

never will, and at 48 yrs. old, probably shouldn't. Plus, I ski behind a V-drive (21 LSV). Still,

I love the sport and would like to get better.

I've been skiing on a 66.5 in. HO Rival for the past 4 yrs. I'm now leaning towards either

a 65 in. or a 67 in. HO Triumph. Tempted to go with the shorter, but not sure if I should.

Any comments appreciated. Should I be looking at other skis? Any recommendations on where

to buy?

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NorCaliBu

Adrenaline Watersports has 2005 HO Triumphs w/ double Venom boots for $329. (Although they only have 67's & 69's). The 67 is recommended for 160-200 pound skiers.

If you have the ability to demo I would highly recommend it. I didn't like the ski that was "recommended" for my level. It's all personal preference. Good luck and enjoy.

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Addictedto6

67 is too big for your weight given traditional speeds (ie 34mph). but if you are more in the 29/30 mph range, that might change things.

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grnautique

I learned to slalom on a Rival and switched to a Triumph with double animals last year. For me it was a great move, the Triumph never felt like it was too aggressive for me and as I have progressed it has kept up. I love my ski. I am not skiing in the course yet but the Triumph is adequate for course skiing. The only thing I will say is that under 30 mph my ski gets a little squirrelly. I usually ski 30-32 and it feets great at those speeds.

Can't help you on the length, I am 240 lbs and use a 71". Most people say its the biggest slalom ski they have ever seen. I got my ski on ebay, previous year's model for just under $200 for the blank.

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bobofthenorth

I switched from a Magnum to a Triumph 71" last summer. Love it. I'm just getting started in the course. Free ski at 32 MPH

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