2020 Radar Waterskis: Range Overview

Slalom skiing is on the rise, attracting new participants as well as the committed enthusiasts.  We’re seeing more people excited about progression and personal bests, reflected by innovation from manufacturers.  Radar waterskis has been a massive success story, embracing this trend and producing skis that perform just as well as they look.  Their passion for time on the water is obvious and translates into the end product.  In a world where so much is mass produced in factories staffed by worked unaware of what the product is used for Radar are the exception.  To put some perspective to this statement, a single Radar employee produces the majority of their performance course skis in a small facility on the edge of their testing lake.  How can mass production compete with that?


The range of skis is ever expanding so we wanted to provide the Robin Hood Watersports take on their 2020 line.

Radar Butterknife

Available in mens and ladies

Recommended Retail £329

Skier level - Beginner

   

Looking for absolute ease of entry to slalom skiing, whether coming from a combo or drop ski background.  The Butter Knife is part of the bent V series.  Put simply, it combines width underfoot with a flat base and defined rail channels to give effortless starts and stability but without compromising performance and progression.  As a ski to offer an accessible route into the sport it is unbeatable.  Aimed at speeds of 20-30mph and for freeride open water use, with the following skier weight ranges:

65” - up to 73kg

67” - 59-86kg

69” - 79-104kg

71” - 100kg +

 

Ideally combined with:

Radar Prime Front Boot

Radar Adjustable RTP

 

 

Radar Katana

Available in mens

Recommended Retail £409

Skier level - Intermediate



A logical upgrade from the Butterknife for those already comfortable with starts and initiating turns on a slalom ski.  The Katana retains the bent v concept, combining width underfoot with a flat base and defined rail channels to give effortless starts and stability, but without compromising performance and progression.  The width tapers quickly to the tail and thus you retain the rapid turn initiation and edge hold you would expect from a traditional slalom ski.  Consider the Katana if you will ski mostly open water but still desire to take to the course from time to time.  Ideally suited to speeds from 24-32mph and and weight ranges as follows:

65” - up to 73kg

67” - 59-86kg

69” - 79-104kg

 

Ideally combined with:

Radar Vector Front Boot

Radar Vector Adjustable RTP

 

 

Radar Union

Available in mens and ladies

Recommended Retail £499

Skier level - Intermediate

 

While the Butter Knife and Katana employ wakeboard inspired Bent V technology, the Union story is one of classic slalom design.  We work closely with the brand and their vision is one of a no compromise approach to performance.  All course designs are based on the top end Vapor model, with width increases and subtle tweaks to make each one appropriate for the corresponding slower boat speed.  The Union is the widest course design they have ever produced and aimed at skiers returning to the sport, or perhaps those dropping speeds due to injury or age but still looking for that classic feel.  The former is a scenario we see regularly and so it is nice to be able to make a recommendation specific to it.  Ideal for both open water and course use but with a passion for the latter, aiming for speeds of 24-32mph and skier weight as follows:

65” - up to 73kg

67” - 59-86kg

69” - 79-104kg

71” - 100kg+

 

Ideally combined with:

Radar Vector Front Boot

Radar Vector Adjustable RTP

 

Radar Senate

Available in mens and ladies

Recommended Retail £609 (alloy), £699 (graphite), £979 (lithium), £1649 (pro)

Skier level - Intermediate/Advanced

   

The Senate series is where things get serious, with four different constructions in the same tried and tested shape.  What differentiates the Senate from many skis is the way it carries speed, allowing you to get out wide from the boat early and thus setup to initiate the perfect turn without time pressure. Based on the legendary Vapor shape but with two tenths of one inch added to make it more applicable to slower speeds.  The tip of all Senate models is variable thickness, transitioning quickly from thick to thin, thick to thin etc.  While the rest of the ski is incredibly stiff in the interest of absolute response, this gives the tip inherent flex and the desire to pull tighter into the turn.   Alu and graphite models are suited to 28-34mph, while Lithium and Pro aim to 30-34mph.  The four constructions afford differing characteristics and price points, each with skier weights as follows:

65” - 38-54kg

66” - 49-65kg

67” - 56-81kg

68” - 73-91kg

69” - 82-100kg

 

Alu Core (£609) - A polyurethane core with paulownia wood stringers wrapped in carbon fiber, including drop through fin with foil wing.  70% freeride, 30% course.

Ideally combined with:

Radar Vector Front Boot

Radar Vector Adjustable RTP

Graphite Core (£699) - Our best selling ski.  A durable polyurethane core wrapped in carbon composites, including pro fully adjustable fin.  70% course, 30% freeride.

Ideally combined with:

Radar Vector BOA Front Boot on feather frame

Radar BOA Adjustable RTP on feather frame

Lithuim Core (£979) - A super light and responsive PVC foam core wrapped in carbon composites, including fully adjustable pro fin.  80% course, 20% freeride.

Ideally combined with:

Radar Vector BOA Front Boot on feather frame

Radar BOA Adjustable RTP on feather frame

Pro Core (£1649) - The ultimate PMI core is wrapped in Textreme composite to create the lightest, stiffest and most responsive Senate ever, including fully adjustable pro fin.  90% course,10% freeride.

Ideally combined with:

Radar Vapor BOA Front Boot on alu frame

Radar Vapor BOA Rear Boot on alu frame

 

Radar Vapor

Available in mens

Recommended Retail £979 (graphite), £1299 (lithium), £1749 (pro)

Skier level - Advanced

  

The ultimate course ski, taking feedback from Chris Rossi and the Radar team in order to create a PB chasing performance model.  For 2020 the tail is marginally wider than previous generations, allowing the ski to sit flatter in the water and with less drag.  As this would naturally produce a looser ski the base concave is brought back to the tail to aid grip in the turn.  At the same time the widest point on the ski is shifted forward, allowing you to have confidence in the stability of the ski when your weight is forward and ski at maximum attack.   All are aimed at 30-36mph and represent the pinnacle of our sport.  The three constructions afford differing characteristics and price points, each with skier weights as follows:

65” - 38-54kg

66” - 49-65kg

67” - 56-81kg

68” - 73-91kg

69” - 82-100kg

Graphite Core (£979) - A durable polyurethane core wrapped in carbon composites, including pro fully adjustable fin.  80% course, 20% freeride.

Ideally combined with:

Radar Vector BOA Front Boot on alu frame

Radar BOA HRT on alu frame

Lithuim Core (£1279) - A super light and responsive PVC foam core wrapped in carbon composites, including fully adjustable pro fin.  90% course, 10% freeride.

Ideally combined with:

Radar Vapor BOA Front Boot on alu frame

Radar BOA HRT on alu frame

Pro Core (£1749) - The ultimate PMI core is wrapped in Textreme composite to create the lightest, stiffest and most responsive Vapor ever, including fully adjustable pro fin.  90% course,10% freeride.

Ideally combined with:

Radar Vapor BOA Front Boot on alu frame

Radar Vapor BOA Rear Boot on alu frame



Our specialist staff love to talk ski so why not get in touch for advice bespoke to your ability and aspirations on the water.

Robin Hood Watersports

01924 444888

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