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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

Hi all,

 

I want to buy a set of ski's for my girlfriend.  I'm a boarder so don't know anything about ski's.

 

Here's a description of her build.

 

height:  5'3-5'4

weight:  105-110 lbs

rider:  beginner to intermediate

 

saw this set up and wanted to know the following:

 

1.  What size should I get her.  144 or 152  http://www.o2gearshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=17055{38}7300&cPath=2

2.  Will the bindings fit these ski's http://www.o2gearshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=15970{138}8454&cPath=2

3.  Will the boots fit the bindings  http://www.levelninesports.com/Salomon-Irony-Breeze-Womens-Ski-Boots

 

 

Is this a descent setup where she will be able to use these skis 5 years down the road?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

post #2 of 9

Welcome to Epic.  You would need to make sure that the brake on the bindings is wide enough for the ski, but not more than 10mm wider than the ski.  For example, if the ski has a 90mm waist, a 90mm or 100mm brake will work but not a 120mm or 80mm.  As for the boots, do your GF and yourself a favor; go to the "Ask the Boot Guys" forum and read the wikis about fitting and terminology.  Then check the "Who's Who" for a boot fitter near you.  If there's one listed, call and make an appointment.  If there isn't one listed, ask here and somebody will be able to recommend a fitter.  Aside from being properly to dressed to stay warm, boots are the most important ski gear anyone ever buys and buying ski boots online is a very bad idea.  Boots need to be not only the right length but also the proper width and stiffness for the skier's weight and ability.  This is exactly why you need to take her to a boot fitter.  If you take her someplace that sells skis and boots, the odds are very high she would end up with a boot that is 1-2 sizes too big, because they will feel "comfy" in the store, but when actually skiing they will hurt.  Get her boots that fit first and then just rent some skis for her first few lessons and it will be very important that she take lessons form a professional, not from someone you know who is a skier.

post #3 of 9

The Salomon Origins Topaz was designed for a strong intermediate to advanced level skier.  It will be torsionally too stiff for her.  Your girlfriend will be better off with a softer ski.

 

If you want to shop through 02 gear shop, look at the 2011 K2 Tru Luv.  It is a ski that will fit her needs for now and a few years unless you plan on being on the mountain 15 plus days a year or if your girlfriend has an aggression streak in her.  The skis come with bindings, so you don't have to guess at which ones to get her.  The skis are available in 142 or 149.  If she is timid, get the 142.  If she is not, go with the 149.

 

As for boots.  Take her to a ski shop with a good bootfitter rather than taking a guess on the internet.  You may pay more for boots, but that extra money spent will be well worth it to not hear her nag about the crappy internet bootfit.

 

Dennis

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Originally Posted by Denny1969 View Post

The Salomon Origins Topaz was designed for a strong intermediate to advanced level skier.  It will be torsionally too stiff for her.  Your girlfriend will be better off with a softer ski.

 

If you want to shop through 02 gear shop, look at the 2011 K2 Tru Luv.  It is a ski that will fit her needs for now and a few years unless you plan on being on the mountain 15 plus days a year or if your girlfriend has an aggression streak in her.  The skis come with bindings, so you don't have to guess at which ones to get her.  The skis are available in 142 or 149.  If she is timid, get the 142.  If she is not, go with the 149.

 

As for boots.  Take her to a ski shop with a good bootfitter rather than taking a guess on the internet.  You may pay more for boots, but that extra money spent will be well worth it to not hear her nag about the crappy internet bootfit.

 

Dennis


+1

 

+10 on the part in bold.

 

 

 

 

post #5 of 9

 

I agree that for boots you need to go to the shop and go through the process.

 

For the skis, to be the most practical financially, i'd consider getting a pair of used skis first.  If she's not the type who likes used things though, then you may need to buy at least something shiny.

post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thank you everyone!  I will get her the boots at a shop.

 

Any other good websites to find good packages on ski & bindings?  She definitely prefer new over used.

post #7 of 9

All good advice.  Splurge and get real boots in person.  But at a ski shop, not a sports store.  She'll keep those boots a long time, even when she outgrows the skis in terms of ability and can beat you down the hill wink.gif

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Originally Posted by Gunnerbob View Post

All good advice.  Splurge and get real boots in person.  But at a ski shop, not a sports store.  


Hope, get them from a boot fitter.  There are way too many ski shops that still don't know how to fit boots.

 

post #9 of 9

I think since you're at the ski shop to get boots you can at least scope things out.  If it's a real independent ski shop (not like REI or corporately owned) then they still should have some last years model or 2years "outdated" skis that will be reasonably priced.   Plus then if you have problems with anything you can go back to the shop.  If you are price conscious you can also bring that up to the sales person, as well as attempt to price match to anything you find on the internet.

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