they make pantyhose for men too... I guess it's called tighty-whitie-hose since men do not wear panties? I wouldn't know...
Anyways... The reason I got the 8.18L was becasue they were the only ones in the right size, they were cheap, and by the time I am good enough to warrant a stiffer, better ski, I'll probably have enough money and need them anyways.
Most women's skis I've seen that are unmounted have marks for both men and women.
Are the flexes REALLY that differrent? Because I found a pair of 170 8.18's online for the same price, but I didn't want to bother with shipping and returns and stuff, and had them mounted yesterday.
But I've been using rentals all my life, and this is my first set of skis. paid like 400 for the entire package (skis, bindings, poles, boots) so I'm happy.