When it comes to competition slalom skiing, there is a relative newcomer to the arena that has quickly set the standard for what a slalom ski should be. In just 3 short years the Strada from Radar Skis has become an industry icon by which many other skis are compared to.
Rider Skill:Advanced - Expert
Construction Material:100% PVC Core, Carbon Laminate
Rocker Type: Four Stage
Bevel: Dual Bevel
Warranty: 1 Year
Lengths Available: 63.5”, 65”, 66”, 67”, 68”, 69.5”
Slalom skiing is an applied science. From tip to tail, every aspect of the ski is a variable that contributes to helping riders beat the clock. So, in a sport where even a hundredth of an inch difference in fin placement can make or break your time, it is absolutely vital that competition slalom skiers have a ski that will deliver consistent results every time.
As was already mentioned, the Radar Strada fulfills that role for many skiers on the water already, but for 2013 the folks at Radar are bringing a few new tricks to the table. Based on the original mold which was pioneered by industry legend Herb O’Brien and his R&D team on Radar lake, this ski continues to pursue perfection with a few new elegant refinements.
The first thing that has been added is the new top contours which not only reduce the total weight of the ski, but keep it totally balanced as well. In effect, the rider will experience a greater sense of control as the ski moves evenly with the water.
Perhaps the greatest innovation with the Strada is it’s new torsion enabling top laminate. If you are scratching your head at this, it really is quite simple. You see, for years it was widely held that flex in a slalom ski was a bad thing. The team at Radar, however, discovered that flex is a great thing if it is properly controlled.
The necessary flex in the Strada design is a key component in making this a record breaking ski. Rather than diminishing the flex, the Strada is engineered to rebound back into it’s original shape. This essentially gives the ski more control when coming out of a turn and off the backside of the wake, and actually improves stability.
- First ski designed with GPS cruise control in mind.
- Weight reducing, strength reinforcing tip contours.
- Handbuilt in the USA at Radar Lake.
- Torsion enabling top laminate.
Who’s this ski for?
There is no doubt that this is a slalom ski for competition slalom skiers. If riding behind the boat comes down to shaving milliseconds off of your best time, then there is no doubt that the Radar Strada should be in your quiver of skis. Even if you are just a recreational skier, you will no doubt appreciate the speed and responsiveness that this living testament to great research and development can do.
Overall, if you are even remotely serious about slalom skiing, then the 2013 Radar Strada will definitely be in your sights at some point or another. So why resist, take one out for a demo and see if the Strada can prove itself to you.
For more information on the Strada and other great offerings from Radar make sure you check out their official website.
Do you need help finding the perfect slalom ski?
If you’re feeling stuck in your search for the perfect ski, then why not drop me an email. I would be happy to make a recommendation of a great ski that will be properly suited to your skill level. So please feel free to reach out and let me know about your riding history and what your goals are. It would my pleasure to help you find options that are suited to your own individual needs.