Radar Origin vs Radar X-Caliber Combo Water Skis Review

Radar Origin vs Radar X-Caliber
Combo Water Ski Review

Radar’s mission is: Just go ski. Year after year, Radar is consistently fabricating the best water skis for the new season. Although both part of the 2019 Radar collection, both are combo skis, aimed at beginners. They both have a lot going for them, below we review both.

Radar Origin Combo Water Skis

Training bar to increase stability

Beginner skill range

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Ski Height 59″ / 150 cm | Skier Weight from 60 to 145 lbs / 27 to 66 kg
Ski Height 67″ / 170 cm | Skier Weight from 135 to 210 lbs / 61 to 95 kg

Pros
High stability
Easy for wake crossings

Radar Origin combo skis are a great choice for anyone wanting to begin their water skiing journey. These combos skis are designed to get the skier on top of the water with a clean and efficient water start. Being tailored towards beginners, it comes with a training bar to increase stability and improve the skier’s confidence.

Key Features

  • Build Quality

This combo ski is made of Polypropylene. The high-density poly foam is injected into a heated mold to form its core, then this core is wrapped with fiberglass and the surfaces are saturated with resin. This combo ski has layers of thick fiberglass, making it strong and flexible. Its shape is the conventional narrow tunnel bottom, adding directional stability. It also has rounded with soft beveled edges, increasing the skier’s control over the wake.

  • Design

Radar Origin combo skis are an open water pair of skis, designed especially for beginner girls. It has a progressive profile sidecut and a narrower profile that makes it nimble on top. Its rockerline is standard and it has one year of warranty. The 59” can ride up to 26 mph and the 67” has a maximum recommended speed of 28mph.

  • Bindings

The Radar Origin comes with Horseshoe bindings. It has comfortable and adjustable sliding mechanism and had no issues placing your foot in or rebooting your ski in the water.

Radar X-Caliber Combo Water Skis

Includes Molded EVA Cruise Bindings

1-year warranty

Wide base with side cut

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Ski Height 59″ / 150 cm | Skier Weight from 60 to 145 lbs / 27 to 66 kg
Ski Height 67″ / 170 cm | Skier Weight from 135 to 210 lbs / 61 to 95 kg

Pros

Very stable
Strong and durable

Buoyancy, this is what you say when you are asked about these combo skis. They have increased surface area under foot, helping you to maintain stability over the water. This increased surface area lends itself to beginner men who want to start water skiing. If you have no experience, do not be afraid, this is an excellent option for you to gain confidence in open water.

Key Features

  • Build Quality

The Radar X-Caliber has a polypropylene foam core, making the combo ski really light but strong. It has layered glass which gives it durability and avoids delamination since the fiberglass is a high quality material. It has a wide platform, a mellow sidecut, reinforced closure, one orange fin in each ski and it is specifically designed for men.

  • Bindings

The Radar X-Caliber combo ski comes with The Cruise boots; comfortable molded Eva design. 

Final thoughts / Conclusions

For the Radar team, 2021 was a year to help new skiers venture into water sports. If you are looking to start water skiing, then you have already made the right decision. Young girls and women who are just starting out and would like use of a training bar for stability should go for the Radar Origin. Boys are more suited towards the Radar X-Caliber and stand a better chance of getting up first time with the increased surface area the X-Caliber provides.