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63 or 65 Omni for daughters


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Trying to decide what size ski to get for my 11 and 13 year old daughters. They currently weigh about 95 and 105lbs. They are able to do deep water starts on a 59 HO Blast single ski with the RTP. We just free ski and they are currently skiing about 22-24mph on the Blast. I think the Omni would be a great ski for them but I am open to other recommendations. Per the HO sizing chart, the 63 Omni is rated up to 110lbs. but that's at 28-34mph I believe. The 65 is 110-150lbs.

 

I am torn between getting a larger ski that they can grow into and go a little slower on but I am concerned the 65 will be just too big for them right now and be tough for them to turn. Heck I ski a 67 Triumph and it just seems kinda crazy to put them on a 65 when I weigh 195 and they are half that.

 

We have a V-drive so the faster the better for sure. I am thinking that the 63 will encourage them to go faster and the wake will be smaller. Goal is to get them to at least 26-28mph next summer.

 

There is a 65 Freeride for sale in my area on Craiglist for a decent price but that ski is even wider than the Omni. Not sure if this would be a good option to start them on.

 

Let me know your thoughts. Thanks.

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I think your girls would love the Omni! I just think it is a game changer. But it is a big skiing ski. I would definitely go with the 63". I weigh 190 and I am on a 67" Omni. But I'm thinking trying a 65". Skip the Freeride. It is a limited ski as far as potential goes. Go with the Omni.
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63 IMHO. When I talked to HO on what size ski I mentioned I skied from 30-34 MPH and was 145 lbs. He said, no doubt in his mind I should be on a 65. With 40% less weight and the hope of being in the high 20's next year, the 63 just seems to make the most sense. With that said, my wife weighs 105 and has been skiing a 65 inch Radar P-6 for many years. She skis at 26 mph and is very happy with that ski, Needless to say, she pops right up.
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Thanks for the input everyone. I decided to go with the 63 for now. My older daughter, who is the better skier and skiis more often, only weighs 95lbs. As I mentioned, I have a v-drive so I need to get her up to 28-30mph to make the wake manageable otherwise it's just a wall. My thought is that I want her to sink a little bit so she wants to go faster. Figured she'd be riding so high on a 65 that she would be comfortable in the low to mid 20's and the wake is just too big to cut hard at that speed. We will see how it goes. I'm just happy both my kids are slalom skiing.

 

I think I got a good deal on SIA... $199 for a new 63" 2018 Omni. Now for the boots. Planning to go with Freemax front boot and RTP. I was considering going with a double boot right off the bat but figured with new ski I will go with the RTP for now because that is what they are used to and once they get comfortable on the new ski buy a new boot for the back.

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Thought I would provide an update. Got the new Omni and went out the last two days. My older daughter loves the ski. First day got her to 29mph. Yesterday she was at 30mph. Photos are from yesterday. Her second set we moved the rope to the pylon. I found that towing them from the tower helps them get up easier when learning. I could be wrong but it’s worked for us. Night and day from the 59 HO Blast she was on. We’ve had a great fall in NorCal . b2k2ii8ss937.jpeg

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