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Good Womens Skis

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I can't seem to find a pair of skis that suit me. I've tried a bunch of women skis but there too soft. I'm an instructor and ski everywhere except pow, (we never get any). I hate soft skis! I'd like to stick to a women's ski,if possible. Does anyone know any stiff ones that they like.
post #2 of 24
Hi skiierlvs


I think women's skis are supposed to be soft because they are made for light women!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

post #3 of 24
Have you tried the K2 T-nine Series? They have the widest spectrum of women-specific skis I've seen. I bought my wife, an intermediate, the T-nine X and she loves it. I think they have one model above that which may be more to your liking. If that doesn't float your boat, perhaps what you're looking for isn't a women's ski after all. Usually women's skis are softer flexing and perhaps have the binding mounting location a little further forward, but that's about it.
post #4 of 24
I am confused, why do you want to buy woman specific ski. They are desined so they are lighter to carry and easier to ski. If you are a good skier and are not bothered about carrying them get "normal" ski, they are certainly not "mens" skis. Skis are unisex, the womans ski is more of a marketing ploy, come on there aren't "womans" versions of race skis, or any of the high end skis for that matter. And if there are it is pretty close to just sking the next model down!! Don't get sold on marketing ideas created by someone who probably doesn't even ski.
post #5 of 24
A friend of mine is looking to pick up a pair of the Dynastar 69L's... She's getting a pretty good deal on them. have any of you ladies out there skied on 'em... have any input? Thanks.
post #6 of 24
Go with a regular ski, it will be stiffer than a women's ski. Why limit yourself to women's skis? Boots I can understand, but not skis. The women's skis are ususally not very good. They are very soft, as you noticed. Seriously, try a regular ski. Choose your length based on your weight and see if you don't like them better.
post #7 of 24
Deffnitly go with a regular ski if you are instructing. I did hear that there is an Elan ski that is women specific and it skis like a regular unisex ski... although i dont knwo what model it is... my rep told me about it. I believe it is an all mountain ski (2002 -2003) designed to be skied short like a slalom ski. Which leads us to my next peice of advice: look at skis like the fischer sceno 3 or toher all mountain type skis that are skied in shorter lengths, or go with a short slalom ski. If you are already on Viper XL's you should try the new viper X and the viper s, as well as slalom skis from other companies. you may enjoy the salomon equipe 3v (which is what i skied on this season). They are remarkably soft for a race ski but still have trmendous energy and edgehold. They do like to go slightly faster than that typical free skiing speed, but being an instructor i doubt youd have a problem with it. It is a very easy ski to ski on for an expert level skier.
Good finding a ski
post #8 of 24
My wife like the Axis X and she is 110 lbs and 5'4". Thinks the ski is the best thing since sliced bread.
post #9 of 24
Try the Atomic Beta Race 9.16 slalom ski. My wife and I ski these boards; in fact hers are a year newer and of stiffer construction (They beifed up the 2001 model after introing it in 2000). I tried to swap skis with her claiming that she should have a softer ski than me and she would have no part of the deal. She just loves them! They have fantastic edgehold, turn NOW, and are rock solid at speed. The only other ski I would leave my Atomics for is the Rossi 9S Pro which is the sweetest ski I have ever clicked into. Happy hunting!
post #10 of 24
It's too bad there is such gynophobia in our society (and by EXTENSION, this forum), because 49% of the population will probably not be caught dead on this ski, but the other 51% (well, 3% of that 51%, by SCSA's measure) will feel like they done died and gone to heaven. Designed by women, for women, the first "Real Deal" for strong women (and very strong men) skiers...


[ June 20, 2002, 08:35 AM: Message edited by: nolo ]
post #11 of 24
Interesting. Good marketing. Hope the guts of the ski live up to the hype. If they do, then bravo.
post #12 of 24
I love the concept that they made a women's ski for strong skiers - but they're so little! How about a women's fat ski - out West, anyway, aren't most expert women skiing on fat skis anyway?
post #13 of 24
Note the available lengths. I am 5'2", 107 lbs., on a 160, and loving it. A very quick turning ski. They say it prefers a long radius but 18m is not what I would call long. This ski is better than the Mod-X or Mod-X Pro, in my opinion.
post #14 of 24
If I was in the market for anything other than fat skis, I'd probably try them - K2 did do a great job with the marketing. But I still have some good X-screams in the garage that only made it on the snow for a day and a half last year when my G41s were in the shop.

The other thing I'd be concerned about is that I'm 5'8", so I don't think I'm what they had in mind making a ski for women anyway. From what I understand, even though this model is made for more aggressive and advanced women skiers, it's made for shorter, lighter skiers at the same time.
post #15 of 24
It's not height but weight that counts in sizing skis. A 174 would probably do you just fine, but again, that depends on your weight. I talked a woman who weighed 140 lbs. and thought she needed a 178 into trying a 165 Mod-X Pro. She wouldn't give the skis back and wrote me a check the next day.
post #16 of 24
I know what you're saying. I had some 168 or something 1080's a while back - they were really fun, but now that I'm skiing almost exclusively off the groomers, I'm happier with my 178 G41s or 180 AK Launchers. For me - I like the short curvier skis for groomers, and longer fatter skis for busting through crud or floating over powder.
post #17 of 24
It's a fine all-mountain ski. I don't like a one-trick pony, though I do have a pair of Merlin VIs, a pair of Kahunas, and some Fattys, all specialty skis that I take out 1-2 times a year.

Here's how I gauge a good ski: I hate to hang 'em up at day's end and when I get up the next morning I can't wait to get back on 'em. It's sort of like having Christmas every day.
post #18 of 24
The other day I saw a bumper sticker, "Ski like a girl." I thought it was groovy.
post #19 of 24
Rib Mountain Bruce- The ski you speak about is no longer made. It has been replaced by the SL9 and/or SL11.
post #20 of 24
Nolo- Do you pro rep for K2?
post #21 of 24
I am an apostle of the brand, yes. Have been since the 710 FO.

My loyalty was tested when they moved manufacture to China and sold off Dana Designs (depleting the economy of Bozeman), but it's still my ski company of choice.

And the T-9 can stand on its engineering alone, though the marketing is pure EVE-olved Popcorn.
post #22 of 24
Several of the senior women instructors at Keystone this season were on t-nines. I was surprised they went for "womens skis" but they were very pleased with them.

I loathe womens skis, but like someone else said, they are made for lightweight people (some womens skis are good for light men).
The better brands also do things like make the mountpoint a fraction forward, change the flex pattern and maybe incorporate a slight ramp.

Women often have their backsides a bit lower/legs shorter in proportion to body than men, and their weight is slightly further back. Some have a shorter achilles. So skis that recognise this can be great for some women.

My favourite K2 was the Mod X pro, I demoed them in a 187 which was way too long for me (i'm 5'3"), but i loved the rubbery rebound. If I ever see a pair going cheap, I'll grab them for sure.
post #23 of 24
Maybe it's just that I ski at Alta, but I skied close to 100 days last year, and only used my X-screams for 2 of those days. I brought multiple pairs out a few times, but the all-mountain skis stayed in the ski rack every time. As long as they have some sidecut, and conditions aren't totally bulletproof, I use fat skis for everything. I have no problems carving quick, slalom like turns on the groomers (unless it's ice), and they handle much better when I'm off the groomers.
post #24 of 24
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all your input. With much thinking since the season ended, I believe I'm going to try the Odysseys. I'm not totally positive about this decision, but they sound fun. Again thanks!
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