HO Syndicate Alpha Slalom Ski with SkyMax Boot & RTP (2020)
The HO Syndicate Alpha builds on the success of the Syndicate PRO design. Asher, Travers, LaPoint and Wingerter spent the 2018 season...
HO Syndicate Alpha Slalom Ski Blank
The HO Syndicate Alpha builds on the success of the Syndicate PRO design. Asher, Travers, LaPoint and Wingerter spent the 2018 season fine-tuning a loose and light iteration of the Syndicate PRO design; the all new Syndicate Alpha. The Alpha shares the same width profile as the Syndicate PRO, but is designed with a shallower concave depth in the tail of the ski, and a flatter tip rocker, for a loose and light feel on the water.With less downforce than the PRO, the Alpha accelerates with less physical effort, and projects wider off the second wake. The shallower tail concave allows the Alpha to have more turn drift for tight rope turn finishes. Optimized for skiers who prefer lower drag, less physical effort, fast, light and quick turning skis, the Syndicate Alpha is ready for combat. Who dares wins. HO Skis!
Available Sizes: 65", 66", 67", 68"
HO SkyMAX Slalom Ski Boot
The MAX Ski Boot Collection was conceptualized, designed and created on this minimalist ideal. The skyMAX and freeMAX slalom ski boots give skiers a window into the future of water ski boot form and function. Combining the art of traditional “old world” lasting techniques with cutting edge footwear materials, HO has created the industry’s best fitting, most comfortable collection of water ski boots. The addition of HO’s Direct Connect Mounting System pushes water ski boot performance to a new level, unobtainable with traditional boot plates. With hundreds of hours of fit and on-water testing, the MAX Ski Boot Collection redefines what can be expected from a water ski boot.
Direct Connect Mounting System
Direct Connect positions boot mounting hardware directly beneath the foot’s natural balance and mobility centers: the heel and ball of the foot. Direct Connect eliminates the traditional mounting plate, greatly reducing boot weight, boot drag, and the boot’s impact on ski flex. The result is a natural 1:1 skier-to-ski moment-of-inertia never experienced before on the water. Direct Connect allows the entire HO Skis Boot Collection to redefine what can be expected from a water ski boot.
Natural Edge Angle
The traditional boot plate, with its perimeter mounted hardware, creates an artificially leveraged slalom ski. As the skier’s center of mass shifts off the side of the ski in a typical slalom cut, the traditional boot plate imparts an abrupt push and pull force on the ski's edges. Similar to a light switch, the ski is either “on" or “off” edge.
HO’s Direct Connect Mounting System
Replaces the traditional light switch with a modern dimmer switch! Imagine have ability to control the exact edge angle you desire, without being limited to the binary on/off edge pressure of a traditional boot plate. Just like an airplane rolls about its longitudinal axis, HO’s Direct Connect allows a slalom ski to roll about is longitudinal axis. The result is a natural edge angle feel where the skier is in completely control to choose desired edge angle.
Don’t let the marketing department fool you; no floating plate system eliminates a traditional boot plate’s effect on ski flex. HO’s Direct Connect System reduces the ski boot’s flex footprint dead spot by up to 50%. With Direct Connect, the ski is allowed to flex more closely to its intended design, allowing for smoother and tighter slalom turns.
For years slalom skiers have been able to adjust fin location to the thousandth of an inch. But at the same time, skiers have been limited to large incremental boot adjustment, due to the mounting holes on traditional boot plates. Not anymore! HO’s Direct Connect Mounting System allows skiers infinite fore and aft boot adjustment. Now skiers can fine tune boot position as accurately as fin location, ensuring optimum ski setup. In addition, Direct Connect allows for up to +/- 7 degrees of boot rotation. The days of limiting your natural slalom stance, due to your boot plate hanging over the side of the ski, are over!
Auto-centering Rockerline – An altered rockerline that sits flatter in the tip and tail rockers of the ski, creating speed and lift in the ski, allowing the ski itself to auto correct the skiers positions, driving them back to the center of the ski to create a consistent turn basis for the skier
- Flex Rating(1=Soft, 10=Stiff) – 8/10
Torsionally Stiff Flex – Reduces twist in the ski so in high load and pressure situations the ski will maintain it’s shape and hold its speed and acceleration through the finish of the turn
PVC Core – A tried and true core material that has proved itself on the top end ski’s for years, a high quality material that is lighter and stiffer than it’s PU counterpart creating greater feel and response in your ski.
Carbon Laminates – A traditional carbon laminate layer that is tried and proven, adds a snappy element to your ski, driving response through your cut and turns
Classic Tournament Ski Shape – A smaller imprint on the water with the reduction of total surface area allows the ski to generate a greater and more aggressive edge hold, while maintaining the ability to sit tight through turns
Clean Edge Tail – a tapered edge from the bottom of your back foot to the tail, reduces the ski’s drag by around 50%
Flexbody Construction – A reduced profile ski body, combined with the overall construction gives greater torsional stability and greater response comparative to load under stress
Full Rotation Tip/Tail Concave – A varying depth profile on the concave allows for the ultimate engagement between ski and water, with greater rotation into turns and overall better direction out of the turn. This happens through a deeper concave in the tip that mellows as it gets to the tail
Carbon Fiber Speed Skin – A textured base which reduces drag, naturally increasing speed, while also reducing ski weight by 20%
Syndicate Adjustable Fin Block
Handmade in Seattle, WA
- Riding Ability: Intermediate/Advanced
- Ski Type: Tournament
- Ski Speeds: 34-36Mph
- 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty
- Front foot specific 225mm tall cuff height: Maximum support and control needed in a front boot
- Composite textile shell: Reinforced in the Achilles spine and heel cup for improved durability. Softened over the instep and cuff wings for a more secure fit.
- SBR Closed Cell Foam Liner for a natural rubber feel: 10mm thick, zero-drop, contoured footbed provides a solid platform for improved balance
- Dual Lace Zones: low drag bungee upper, static lower for precision control
- Removable Footbed Anchoring System for easier mounting
- Available with DirectConnect and traditional aluminum plate options to fit all ski brands