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mens vs womens skis

post #1 of 6
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Hi, I am a new skiier thinking about buying used equipment as an alternative to renting. (I see that almost all of these posts lead to the topic of boots, but let's leave that for a separate discussion.)  My question is about "women's" skis.  I am not a big man: 5-9, 140.  Many of the used skis I see in my presumed size range (160-165cm, yes?) seem to be "women's" skis.  Is there something about those skis that would be inherently unsuitable for me?  I am a beginner, hoping to improve to intermediate, probably will never advance beyond that, and probabaly will never ski more than 3-4 times a year.  Thanks for the advice (I promise I will let you guys lecture me about boots in a later post!)

post #2 of 6

Most of the "woman's" skis in that 160+ range are just unisex skis with feminine graphics on them, you should be fine but you should be able to find the men's versions leftover too, the small sizes tend to be what leftover on the racks.  We look forward to your boot question thread wink.gifpopcorn.gif

post #3 of 6

If you can ignore the graphics it probably won't have anything that will make it unsuitable AFAIK. There are known skis where womens and mens version have different graphics for the exact same ski, usually different lengths as well...

post #4 of 6
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Originally Posted by Philpug View Post

Most of the "woman's" skis in that 160+ range are just unisex skis with feminine graphics on them, you should be fine but you should be able to find the men's versions leftover too, the small sizes tend to be what leftover on the racks.  We look forward to your boot question thread wink.gifpopcorn.gif

What Phil said, and to add to it.......

Example: Our shop has three pair of Rossignol S7's left, all in a 168 length.  Perfect size for a small man or a woman, but still sitting there. 

 

You're not in the market for a powder ski like the S7 but that's a good example of finding a new ski for a killer price in your size. 

 

Oh and about the boots.........biggrin.gif

post #5 of 6
Pretty much what Phil, et al said. With that said, I know of a dad who spray painted a pair of used skis for his son black because pretty pink hibiscus patterns wouldn't work. The kid ended up slapping stickers all over the skis.
post #6 of 6

womens skis are generally no different structurally, they just have different graphics

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