IMHO: From your description of where you are in the learning curve,
you'd be better off with a more forgiving ski than with a
competition/high-performance ski. Which model did your instructor suggest?
I don't know all the models you listed, but the Siege and the Carbon are
going to be highly sensitive to your input. And since your input isn't
that precise at this point, you may wind up in the weeds or stuck to the
bottom of the lake.
By all means get yourself a good ski, one that you can control
comfortably. If it tires you out or frustrates you, however, then it's
counter-productive to your goals. I.e., spending more money on a ski,
in this instance, might yield slower development, not faster
development. You need water time more than anything, so a ski which
lets you stay out there longer, working and developing your skills, is
the one you need now.
And I'm no fan of double high-wraps for intermediates such as yourself.
Your foot muscles need to cultivate more feel for the ski's behavior.
Mapple uses just a rear toe strap screwed directly to the ski, and he
cuts the footbed out of the front boot so his skin is directly against
the ski. That's gaining some sensitivity. He's been known to do fairly
well in the course.
> I want to buy a slalom ski, it is the first time I have purchased a ski
> as I have been using the "club ski" for the last 2 seasons. I am
> attempting the slalom course at slow speeds and can just about manage
> Anybody any opinions on the following skis + bindings. My instructor
> suggested I get a 67" ski (I am 158 pounds), but not all of the
> following are available in that size.
> connelly f3 vision pivot plates or stoker plates
> connelly f2 vision pivot plates or stoker plates
> ho asx carbon double animal or double venom
> ho burner double animal or double venom
> obrien siege contact double high wraps
> obrien syncro double high wraps force or contact
> obrien vision contact double high wraps
> kd 7000ct double cinch comp
> Being based in Europe skis are expensive here so in a trip to Florida I
> am going to buy my ski there, any places recommended in Miami or up to a
> couple of hours north of miami?