Guests - If You want access to member only forums on FM. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on Fishing Minnesota.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Scott26

Water Ski buying question

Recommended Posts

Scott26

Already thinking into the summer.

So looking on purchasing some ski(s). I am "ok" slalom skier and the wife never really skied before.

My question is, She is 5'3" and I am 5'10" what lengh ski should I get. Is a 68inch ski to big for her? Is it possiable to get a combo that would be great for me and she would be able to use them too? or do I really need a combo and then a slalom ski for me.

Also I prefer obrien since I used them in the past but never tried connelly so open to suggestions.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DTro

I would go with O'Brien. Overtons is a great source.

About the combos, you can get away with that and still have a good time, but IMO there is a huge difference in a standalone slalom.

I haven't skied in a long time, but there was a time when I skied almost every day of every summer.

Probably need the same number hp as my weight to get me up these days smirk.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Walleye Guy

I am no water skiing guru but did learn something about the last water ski I bought. The binding fit my foot but was too big for my wife's foot even when slid into the smallest position. I considered moving the binding but was not sure if that was a good idea or not.

We ended up getting a pair of skis that fit smaller feet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ryan_V

I've been on ski(s) since I was 5 (now 30-something) been on one ski since I was 9 or 10. If you are going to get into it, I'd suggest a single for you and a combo for her. the "slalom" in a combo isn't the same as a designated slalom. you'll get more performance out of a slalom ski. I've always preferred HO brand skiis, been on them all and that's the one that always performed best for me. a little more spendy, but worth it. I don't do it very much at all any more, but back in the day I could really tear it up. used to be able to touch my elbow to the water when cutting!! ahhhhh the good old days, now you got me wanting to pull out the ski again!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Scott26

Thankgs guys, Ryan, your not interested on selling your are you?

Also another question, the lengh of the ski, is a 68" ski going to be too big for her/me?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ralph Wiggum

Size will depend quite a bit on your weight difference. I've got about 14 inches and 100 pounds on my girlfriend and we can't even come close to using the same skis, especially for slalom. She still uses some stubby ones that she's had forever. I just started to slalom last year, but I found that while I can slalom on a ski from the combo I normally ski on, I will definitely need to look for a "big boy" slalom ski this year. Granted, I am 6'2" 240.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Bryce

I've got an old (mid 80's)Connelly sitting downstairs collecting dust from my show skiing days. It's only a 65" but I could make it dance back in the day at 5'10" and a buck forty. Wife's got a 66" Kidder that I picked up for her somewhere along the line. I'd best talk to her before I offer that one up. These were pretty high end skis in their day as we had good contacts with the mfgs. Give me a shout when the open water arrives and you can take them for a test run and see if you're interested. spankylabs aol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Scott26

Might have to do that Bryce....You also might have to drive the boat. wink.gif

Might be in May (depends on the weather, wet suit time......those were the days.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ralph Wiggum

May, huh? I certainly hope so! This topic has got me itching to get out there grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ryan_V

scott, sorry, not interested in selling the ski...that thing is a legend to me, back in the day, chicks really dug my on that thing!!! I remember taking to boat to high school, changing into a wetsuit after class in april, and heading to the lake. water so cold your feet instantly cramped up, but man was that fun!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
lawdog

I really like my HO too. I think most of the middle to upper end slalom skis though are head and shoulders better than what you'll get in almost any combo pair. My brother is the only guy I've ever known who actually prefers are old combo ski to my HO. Don't really know why, but he'll never use the good one...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PierBridge

Ski's are for sissy's......45 mph on your bare feet is what real men do...... grin.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DTro

Quote:

Ski's are for sissy's......45 mph on your bare feet is what real men do......
grin.gif


I've done that as well cool.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ralph Wiggum

Quote:

Ski's are for sissy's......45 mph on your bare feet is what real men do......
grin.gif


I have size 14 feet, so there woulnd't be much difference wink.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ralph Wiggum

Sorry to hijack this a little, but does anyone have an opinions/experiences with a shaped slalom ski versus a tradional? I've been looking at the O'Brien World Team versus the Connelly Big Daddy and wondering if the Big Daddy might be worth the extra ching.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
CrappieAttitude

I have skied on both the shaped skis and the traditional. My experience is that the shaped skis are a lot easier to control if you are in the beginning stages of slalom skiing. The traditional skis are designed to cut thus making them a little wobbly going straight. If you are an agressive skier, or forsee yourself to be one in the near future, I would go traditional. If you are looking to get some good carves in with a more controllable ski, I would go shaped. I know that the Big Daddy ski is designed for a larger framed person. I am 6'4" 205 lbs and I would definately go for the Big Daddy. Don't forget that the more surface area a ski has out in front of you, the easier it will be for those deep water starts.

CA

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Ralph Wiggum

Thanks! I'm 6'2" 240 and a beginner on the slalom, but it will be used by some decent slalomers, too. I guess I have a little time to make a choice crazy.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Chill62
      WARNING a buddy was on  MELISSA and was aiming towards the crappie hole in the NE Corner/First break to fish out there last night.  He was checking ice and was having 10" of ice then hit 3"!  Please be careful out there.  Needless to say he turned around and went back to the access.
    • JTeeth
      Best use I can think of for a selfie stick. Great fish. 
    • Rick G
      I will second what Icehawk said.... some good lakes around you. Briggs chain is close, some very nice fish in that system. I tend to fish fairly shallow(under 10ft) most of the time 6-8 right in or on the edge of the weeds for the gills.
    • Rick G
      Eyeguy and I are going to be out today if you would like to hook up for a bit... #320 2675909,  shoot me a text
    • Holy carp
      6in on O’Dowd- fish are biting to
    • HoleHoppingGills
      Looking for some folks in the area. Have you guys ever fished Borden lake near Garrison? I fished Maple lake last week with a lot of small crappie caught.  I let them all go, biggest was 9". Fished few lakes in that area with no luck. Even went to my little honey home with little succes Looking take the GF out tomorrow morning.  Any ideas? Seen someone posted about crappie in Pearl. 
    • HoleHoppingGills
      I was out last Sunday and there was solid 3.5 black ice. It's been s week now so guessing around 6 inches in northeast bay.  All crappie I caught were small besides on 9 incher I let go. 
    • MinDak Hunter
      Pearl Lake has been lights out for crappies in that 10+ inch range this year, finally,  find 13-16 fow and then drill holes until you see suspended fish. When you find them I like a 1/10oz. Swedish pimple (silver/glow) with 2 waxies, keep it above the fish and they’ll come up for it.
    • Croix1959
      I heard reports Friday of 3-5 inches out of Bayport. 
    • matt320
      I'm on vacation until January 2nd if anyone wants to meet up and go fishing let me know I've got all my own gear 95% of the time I fish alone. Willing to drive anywhere or help with gas or what ever. Going to try a local lake in the morning for some eyes and panfish unless someone has any other suggestions. Mostly a CPR guy but it's also nice to occasionally bring some home for the family.