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2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

From open water to the course, these products will help you have more fun with your water skiing

June 21, 2018
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2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

Radar Katana

Sizes: 65, 67, 69 in. MSRP: $400 Courtesy Radar Skis

With its All Terrain Core, the Katana was purpose-built for open-water skiing in any condition. Also, because the Katana falls within the Bent Vee family, it was designed to be a perfect fit for any skier, regardless of skill level. The Katana’s increased buoyancy makes for a stable ride with limited drag. That, along with the high-angled sidecuts, will have you quickly accelerating and edging into tight turns with little effort. If you’re a freeskier who wants a high-performance design, the Katana has you covered.

2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

Radar Butterknife

Sizes: 65, 67, 69, 71 in. MSRP: $300 Courtesy Radar Skis

The Butterknife was designed with efficiency in mind. Never before has Radar made a ski that’s this effortless to ride. Increased surface area coupled with easier-to-edge sidecuts means the Butterknife is as stable as they come while still performing at a high level and turning on a dime. And because of an innovative base design that features a flat spot directly across the center of the concave, line tension is lessened, making it easier to deepwater start and decreasing arm fatigue. With the Butterknife, your progression will be at an all-time high.

2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

Radar Vector

Sizes: Small, STD, XL MSRP: Front $180, Rear $180 Courtesy Radar Skis

Comfort — that’s what you’re getting when you put on the Vector boot. For decades, skiers have been begging for a boot that eliminates pain, and Radar has answered. The Vector features an ultra-comfortable foot bed that hugs the foot without creating painful pressure points, so you can think less about your feet and focus more on your set. This boot also utilizes the lightweight and completely integrated Feather Frame chassis, the baseless boot design unique to Radar. Less bulky material underfoot means improved boot-to-ski responsiveness and better overall skiing performance.

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2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

Radar Prime

Sizes: Small, STD, XL MSRP: Front $150, Rear $150 Courtesy Radar Skis

After learning about the features the Prime sports, you’ll be surprised to find out this is actually an entry-level boot. As part of the Feather Frame family, the Prime is one of the lightest boots on the market. The streamlined design eliminates the need for screws or plates — the Feather Frame chassis combines the mounting system, base plate and outer shell into a single unit. The Prime boot is also extremely comfortable thanks to the lower cuff height, the soft-density foot bed and the double lacing system.

2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

O’Brien Synchro

Sizes: 63, 66, 69 in. MSRP: $400 Courtesy O’Brien

Thanks to its wide body, the Synchro is a slalom ski that allows you to slow the boat down and really dial in your technique and fundamentals. This ski is designed to have an optimal speed somewhere between 30 and 34 mph. The narrow concave tunnel on the bottom of the ski allows for predictable tracking that lets you confidently carry more speed into turns, not to mention the large amount of rocker that allows for smooth and forgiving turns.

2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

O’Brien Sequence

Sizes: 67, 69 in. MSRP: $400 Courtesy O’Brien

The wide body of the Sequence slalom ski makes deepwater starts easy for any skier, regardless of ability level. Built with beginners and intermediate skiers in mind, the sturdy riding style allows new skiers to build a foundation without the frustration of unpredictability they might experience. The transitional concave tunnel built into the bottom of the ski still allows it to be responsive to both quick turns and strong pulls. This is a ski that anyone can get up on and then learn to rip through the course.

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2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

O’Brien Hail

Sizes: 5-7, 7-10, 10-12, 12-14 MSRP: Front $170, Rear $170 Courtesy O’Brien

Built for high-skill recreational to tournament-level slalom skiers, the Hail is a nondirectional boot that can be shared by left- or right-footed skiers. The low-profile construction of the boot allows your center of gravity to be as low to the water as possible, making turns and reaction time faster and control stronger. The two release zones in the boot allow the skier’s heel to lift past the ankle’s pressure zone while still providing comfort and support to perform.

2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

O’Brien Sector

Sizes: 5-7, 7-10, 10-12, 12-14 MSRP: Front $170, Rear $170 Courtesy O’Brien

For those who prefer the feeling of an open-toe boot, the Sector is an easy first choice. Just like other boots in the O’Brien line, the Sector is equipped with the Lo-Pro Chassis design that gets the skier as close to the water as possible. This allows for more power and precision in each turn. Whether it’s the front lace system, built-in lateral stiffeners, last-style footwear construction or the open-toe style, these are some of the most adjustable boots that can be shared comfortably among the entire family.

2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

Connelly V

Sizes: 65, 67, 69 in. MSRP: $400 Courtesy Connelly

Using V-Tech base technology, a wide forebody design and sharp bevels, the Connelly V is a high-performing, advanced ski that provides support and forgiveness through aggressive turns. With the Women’s Aspect, you’re getting a ski that teems with high-speed performance, but thanks to the slightly wider profile and flex zones, it’s easy to control and maneuver and is a perfect ski for all ability levels. Outfitted with Connelly’s Free Flex technology, each Sync boot is mounted on a pair of plates, removing the dead spots caused by solid-metal base plates and allowing your ski to flex as it was intended. The Shadow boot combines a supportive outer boot with Connelly’s super-light plate design, yielding responsive performance whether on the course or open water.

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2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

Connelly Women’s Aspect

Sizes: 65, 67 in. MSRP: $500 Courtesy Connelly
2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

Connelly Sync

Sizes: S, M, L, XL MSRP: Front $260, Rear $230 Courtesy Connelly
2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

Connelly Shadow

Sizes: S, M, L, XL MSRP: Front $160, Rear $150 Courtesy Connelly
2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

D3 Quest 45

Sizes: 64, 65, 66, 67, 68 in. MSRP: $1,600 Courtesy D3

Take a world-record holding ski and tweak the torsional flex to improve performance and you have the Quest 45. Thanks to 100 percent carbon-fiber laminates, it’s hard to find a ski that is lighter or stronger. With the Junior Quest 45, skiers under 100 pounds are now able to have the same quality equipment as the pros. The T-Factor binding is D3’s latest. With upper laces, as well as bungees on both top and bottom, these bindings are a breeze to put on but don’t sacrifice any performance or comfort. The Leverage bindings, recommended with the Junior Quest ski, are a no-nonsense, flexible design that are comfortable and forgiving.

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2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

D3 Junior Quest 45

Sizes: 62 in. MSRP: $1,050 Courtesy D3
2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

D3 T-Factor

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL MSRP: Front $240, Rear $240 Courtesy D3
2018 Water Skis and Bindings for Everybody

D3 Leverage

Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL MSRP: Front $180, Rear $180 Courtesy D3
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