This may really belong in the tuning section, but I was hoping for lots of discussion and debate......
At a tuning seminar with one of the top SWIX reps this weekend, a question was asked regarding the "standard" base bevel angle for Fischer race room skis (SL). His response was that after extensive testing among various ski teams, the men's skis come out with a .5 to .75 angle while the women's are offered with a .7 to 1.0 bevel. He mentioned that the women, in general, really disliked any of the skis they tested with less than a .7 angle.
I have my own theories on this, but I'd like to see some discussion regarding the possible mechanical/physical or other reasons for this preference. Please offer up your own theories!