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Best Waterskis 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated February 1, 2018
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Edwin GarrettLooking for ways to bring your waterskis to the next level? Then you’ve come to the right place. I’m Edwin Garrett. After 31 hours of research including speaking with consultants and experts, and plenty of parents and 19 hours spent testing 10 waterskis, I believe that I found the best waterskis of 2018.

My main objective is to write article on these subject so that buyers like you can have the best assistance and education in making that next purchase. Without further-a-do, let’s take a look at the Top 3 list in 2018 which are available in the market.

Best Waterskis of 2018

If you get well acquainted with these basics, you shouldn’t have a problem choosing a waterskis that suits your need. You must have heard that the best waterskis should allow you to save money, right? Sure, but that’s not the only reason you should consider getting one. After carefully examining the reviews and ratings of the people who have used them earlier this listicle has been made. Here we have compiled a detailed list of some of the best waterskis of the 2018.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Ease of use
5 points
4 points
4 points
Size
5 points
5 points
4 points
Durability
5 points
4 points
4 points
Value
4 points
5 points
5 points
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№1 – O’Brien Reactor Combo Waterski w/ 700/Adj RTP Bindings Mens

 
O'Brien Reactor Combo Waterski w/ 700/Adj RTP Bindings Mens

Pros
Length 67″/170cm
Plastic Fin
700 Adjustable Bindings (one ski has rear toe piece)
Cons
For such a price and the level of quality it can’t even have any cons, only pick holes.
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this waterskis win the first place?

I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse.

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Ease of use
5

5star

Size
5

5star

Durability
5

5star

Value
4

4star

 

 

№2 – AIRHEAD AHS-1300 Combo Water Skis

 
AIRHEAD AHS-1300 Combo Water Skis

Pros
67″ rim-molded combo water skis
Perfect for different skill levels
Wide tails / tunnel shaped bottoms for performance, control, and stability
Cons
Exterior build could be improved.
A little bit shallow.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this waterskis come in second place?

The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Size
5

5star

Durability
4

4star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№3 – Hydroslide Adult Victory Water Skis Combo Pair

 
Hydroslide Adult Victory Water Skis Combo Pair

Pros
Adult Combo Pair
Slide Adjustable Bindings
Tunnel Concave Bottom
Cons
The manual is inaccurate and confusing..
Very expensive.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this waterskis take third place?

I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. A very convenient model. It is affordable and made of high-quality materials. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Size
4

4star

Durability
4

4star

Value
5

5star

 

 

Waterskis Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy waterskis, right? No!

Slalom Skis

Slalom skiing uses only one ski with two bindings. Slalom skis are typically narrower than combination water skis.  Beginners will want to look for a wider ski because it is more stable and easier to use. Advanced skiers will want a responsive ski with just the right amount of rocker and flex for your style of skiing.

Trick Water Skis

Short and wide, trick skies don’t have fins and are used to execute spins, jumps, and a host of other stunts. Trick skis can be used either as a single ski or a pair but are more difficult to control than other ski types. It is possible for beginners to learn how to use trick skis without any other water skiing experience. However, having some experience on combo or slalom skis is helpful  considering the technical nature of trick skiing. 

Bindings

The fit of your binding should be tight enough to maintain control, but loose enough to slide onto your foot.  The sizing of the bindings will vary and thus each manufacturer will have a sizing chart for each type of binding which they offer. The type of binding you choose is as important as your ski because it contributes to your ability to control the ski on the water and impacts your comfort. 

Water Ski Length

Each manufacturer will have a chart that recommends ski length based on skier weight. The following weight-to-length ranges can be used as a general guideline: – Children/young adults weighing less than 90 pounds should have skis 6inches or shorter.  – Skiers weighing between 90-150 pounds should consider skis 64-6inches.  – If you are in the 150-200 pound range, your skis are recommended to be 66-6inches long.  – Skiers weighing more than 200 pounds will want to consider skis 6inches or longer. 

Nautique Super Air Nautique 230 E

The automobile industry is still coming to grips with building a decent electric car, so I figured it would be another decade before the technology would emerge in the marine industry. But the electric wakeboard boat is here in Nautique’s new version of the Super Air Nautique 230, the 230 E.

Scheduled to make appearances at Nautique events throughout 2012, it likely will not be easy or cheap to buy a Super Air Nautique 230 E, but it is a breakthrough.

Details are still scant, but here’s what we know. Twin electric motors with a peak output of 160 kW (about 21horsepower) draw energy from lithium ion batteries with an available storage capacity of 7kW-hours. The motors route the power through a special transfer case to the shaft-driven propeller. According to Nautique there’s enough power for “three or four skier sets” on a single charge, and the battery bank recharges completely in 4.hours with current technology. Early adopters, line up now.

MasterCraft X30

The only new model from MasterCraft for 2012, the X30 has great features that make it a standout in the industry. It can be fitted with three different towers, each of which fold down easily to windshield height and lock in place with some very trick latches. It also has the new swim platform with the dovetailed rear lip, so sliding off into the water is a snap, particularly if you’re already strapped onto a wakeboard.

The X30 also features some of the most intricate mold work in the tow boat market, with sculpted sides and pronounced rear hips that give it the “Coke bottle” shape reminiscent of sports cars from the 1960s.

Supra Sunsport 242

Three things make a wakeboard boat stand out. First, it needs to be visually striking, to grab your attention and hold it. Second, it needs to be comfortable and accommodating to its occupants. And third, it needs to throw wakes that bring out the best in every rider.

The Supra Sunsport 24does all that and more. Its profile is so sleek and refined it makes you want to wash it by hand. Inside, the Sunsport 24provides 270 degrees of wraparound lounges, with innovative pop-up backrests to support passengers watching the action behind the boat.

In terms of water sports features, the Sunsport 24comes standard with everything needed to bring out your best, from its Progressive tower and 1,700 pounds of ballast to its VISION control system and its multisport electric wake tuning tab. You also get a tandem axle trailer standard and the smug self satisfaction of knowing this is the official hull used in World Wakeboarding Association championships.

Tigé RZ4

No tow boat company has been pushing the boundaries of design further than Tigé. Over the past few years, the company’s choices of gelcoat colors, graphics packages and overall design have broken new ground and demonstrated some genuinely fresh thinking, and its RZis a perfect example.

But Tigé takes it further with exceptional attention to detail, function and ergonomics. For example, Tigé was the first tow boat company to mount its touch screen controls to the right of the steering wheel—because it’s easier to reach and use—instead of between the analog gauges on the dashboard, behind the steering wheel. Tigé also added thoughtful touches to the RZ4, like hinged cushions in the cockpit lounges, a locking stowage compartment behind the backrest on the starboard lounge, and a built-in trash can and cooler.

A further testament to convenience, its aft lockers to either side of the engine are hinged on the inner edge, which makes them accessible from the cockpit, swim platform, and from the dock or outside when the boat is on a trailer. Take a look up close and personal, with our video boat review of the Tige RZ series.

MasterCraft X-7

The X-has been in MasterCraft’s lineup under one model name or another for more than a decade, which can mean the company is either too lazy or cash-strapped to tool up a replacement—or that the product still rocks.

In this case, it’s the latter. The X-was designed when Clinton was president, but it is still one of, if not the only, hull design ever approved for all five competitive events: slalom, trick, jumping, barefooting and wakeboarding.

Stumble

Among the newest and most exciting sports, today is the water skiing. It may seem easy however it requires patience, constant practice and the proper skis. If you happen to be looking for the best skis, then you’re in for a treat. In here, we will share with you the top best water skis in 2018.

Materials

Solid materials are needed for the durability of the water ski. So you should look into the perfect materials. Among those high-quality materials for water, skis include polyurethane foam, fiberglass as well as aluminum. These materials provide not only toughness but also a more manageable weight.

Skis are best performing with an edge bevel angle. It provides better control as well as speed manageability.

Base Shape

You may also want to look into the base shape as it determines that overall ride over the surface of the water. Among the base shapes to bear in mind include the V-Bottom, Full Concave, and tunnel concave. Each acts for a specific purpose and provides various maneuverability options.

Of course, you would want to ski actually to fit your feet. Make sure that the bindings are adjustable and can fit comfortably on your feet.

Skiing Speed and Ski Size

Ideally, the skiing speed of an individual determines just how deep they sit in the water. As a rule of thumb, people who ski at low speeds will do better on skis that have extensive surface areas. This is why more skilled skiers usually have narrow-sized skis as they do not spend that much effort sitting on top of the water.

Your Weight and Ski Size

Weight is yet another aspect to consider when choosing a pair of water skis. Primarily, you should apply the same concept used with speed and size. To put it simply, heavy-weighted skiers will need to invest in skis that are wide and long.

Locations

Midwest Water Sports has two locations.  Our Crystal location (formerly Midwest MasterCraft) is near the heart of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  We are moving our second location to a new facility in Minnetonka opening May 2018.  We are a dealer and service center for MasterCraft, Supra, and Moomba, wakeboard, water ski, and wake surf boats.   In addition to boats we have a huge selection of surf boards, wakeboards, water skis, life jackets, wet suits and more available year round.

Solid Baller

January 201edited January 201 in Skis Fins Bindings

I saw it mentioned in another thread (Grow the Sport Thread…I think) that Water Ski Magazine has seen a decline in readership over the years. I’m interested to know what share of folks on this forum are dedicated subscribers, and if not…why?

Pick the Right HO Water Ski the First Time

We’ve found that there are basic types of Slalom Skiers based on their environment and preference.

Waterski equipment in the Syndicate Collection include the VTR waterski, vMAX waterski bindings, the Legend and Victoria waterski jackets, 4tail and Legend & Angel waterski gloves and the Syndicate Knotless mainline waterski tow-rope and 4tail handle.

Waterski gear in the Crossover Collection include the CX & TX waterskis, xMAX water ski boots, Team life vests, world cup waterski gloves, LTD waterski rope & handle package

Watersports Equipment in the Freeride Collection include the Freeride water skis, freeMAX waterski bindings, Pursuit life jackets, Pro Grip water ski gloves and Extreme or PowerGrip waterski tow ropes.

For example: if you enjoy slaloming the course, turning buoys, and going for gold at tournaments you’ll need a different ski setup than someone who enjoys cruising the big lakes and rivers and ripping turns in the open water. “But I like to do all of those things!” you say? Well, we make skis specific to cross-over types as well. No matter where, when, or how you ski, we make a line specifically tailored for you!

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Water skiers rising out of the water

Water skiers can start their ski set in one of two ways: wet is the most common, but dry is possible. Water skiing typically begins with a deep water start. The skier enters the water with their skis on or they jump in without the skis on their feet, have the skis floated to them, and put them on while in the water. Most times it can be easier to put the skis on when they are wet. Once the skier has their skis on they will be thrown a tow rope from the boat, which they position between their skis. In the deep water start, the skier crouches down in the water while holding onto the ski rope; they are in a cannonball position with their legs tucked into their chest, with skis pointing towards the sky and approximately 30 cm (0.9ft) of the ski out of the water. The skier can also perform a “dry start” by standing on the shore or a pier; however, this type of entry is recommended for professionals only. When the skier is ready (usually acknowledged by them yelling “hit it”), the driver accelerates the boat. As the boat accelerates and takes up the slack on the rope, the skier allows the boat to pull him/her out of the water by applying some muscle strength to get him/her into an upright body position.

By leaning back and keeping the legs slightly bent, the skis will eventually plane out and the skier will start to glide over the water. The skier turns by shifting weight left or right. The skier’s body weight should be balanced between the balls of the feet and the heels. While being towed, the skier’s arms should be relaxed but still fully extended so as to reduce stress on the arms. The handle can be held vertically or horizontally, depending on whichever position is more comfortable for the skier.

In addition to the driver and the skier, a third person known as the spotter or the observer should be present. The spotter’s job is to watch the skier and inform the driver if the skier falls. The spotter usually sits in a chair on the boat facing backwards to see the skier. The skier and the boat’s occupants communicate using hand signals (see the Safety section below).

Equipment

A privately owned, man-made water ski lake commonly referred to as Chantalyy Lakes By The Cliff Side, located near Orangeville, Ontario seen with a slalom course and jump ramp

Water skiing can take place on any type of water – such as a river, lake, or ocean – but calmer waters are ideal for recreational skiing. There should be a 60-metre-wide (200 ft) skiing space and the water should be at least 1.to 1.metres (to ft) deep. There must be enough space for the water skier to safely “get up,” or successfully be in the upright skiing position. Skiers and their boat drivers must also have sufficient room to avoid hazards.

Show skiing

Water ski pyramid with 1skiers Lake Zumbro, Minnesota, August 2010

Show skiing is a type of water skiing where skiers perform tricks somewhat similar to those of gymnasts while being pulled by the boat. Traditional ski show acts include pyramids, ski doubles, freestyle jumping, and swivel skiing. Show skiing is normally performed in water ski shows, with elaborate costumes, choreography, music, and an announcer. Show teams may also compete regionally or nationally. In the USA, each team member must be a member of USA Water Ski to compete.

Past competition included teams from Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, and the United States.

Ski racing

Water ski racing consists of a number of water skiers who race around a set course.

A team consists of a boat driver, an observer, and one to two skiers depending on the race. The driver tows the skier behind a powerboat, varying the speed based on conditions, his or her knowledge of the skier, the observer’s ability to read the skier, and the skier’s signals.

Features

One thing that water skis usually included are bindings. The water skis for this review are sets that include bindings that are adjustable for multiple sizes and ages. Certain skis have support beams that can be attached to each ski in order to keep the writers tip and tale of the skis together and prevent a wipeout. Make sure to look for this option when at the check out online or usually it will be advertised on its own just due to its popularity among beginning riders.

 

 

 

 

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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Waterskis wisely! Good luck!

So, TOP3 of Waterskis

 

 

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