Originally Posted by Vitamin Ski
Is a 185 pound man too heavy for a Women's GS ski? Obviously, the radii of Women's GS skis steers the recreational male racer toward those skis, as they often seek "race room" construction.
But at what cost does the smaller radius come? A ski too longitudinally-soft? Unstable even?
Skidude72 has told me that actual WC skis are softer longitudinally than retail race-stock skis (which brings up another issue because another thread in this sub-forum indicated that retail race stock skis are full-on WC skis that were in a bad batch number, perhaps getting rotten polyethylene, bad wood, or poor metal). But anyway, this being the case, is it a non-issue?
I mean, each ski has a spring coefficient, period?
Their is nothing inherently unstable about womens WC skis vs. mens.
As for retail race skis just being "bad run of WC skis"....no.
The materials used for WC skis tend to be better, but that is not to say the retail stuff is garbage. For example the WC cores would be the same wood, but wood being a natural material is not perfect or consistent, but some pieces are better then others...the best pieces are taken for the WC skis, they then also take extra care to make sure the wood is balanced, etc. Hence the retail skis are just made in a production....the WC skis are made individually with alot more "by hand" care. Even with this there is a grade, some skis come out bettter then others, the top WC guys get those, the less WC guys get the next set, the next tier get the next pic and so on. So even the "WC" skis that certain "top masters" racers get to buy...are bottom of the WC barrel skis.
All in all...its a none issue, for you anyway.
At the top levels guys fight hard over which skis they get, but unless you are likley to stand on a WC podium this year...that is not you.