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Nordica First Belle or Drive

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Demo'd a bunch of skis last weekend (icy hard pack) and came down to these two.  Haven't seen any reviews on the First Belle so was looking for advice.  I ski in the NE, intermediate, no off-piste.  5' 3", 125 lbs.  Have been on K2 One Luvs for about 5 years and have found my skiing ability has deteriorated - plus in mid-40's now.  Tried the Belle to Belle step up from 1st Belle, but didn't like them, also tried Fischer KOA, Dynastars and Vokyls.  I have Nordica boots, purchased last year.  Any input appreciated!  Excited to feel confident on new skis!

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Welcome to EpicSki!  My first good skis were K2 One Luv.  Took me a couple years to figure out that K2 is actually not the best ski for me as a petite woman.  I'm a couple inches shorter than you and a decade older, advanced but not aggressive.  Which did you like better . . . a Volkl or a Dynastar?

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I actually didn't like either of those.  Def. down to either the First Belle or the Drive.  Leaning towards First Belle, just felt I could edge better, but that could've been the tune, I suppose.  Carving was super easy with the Drive.  Confused!!  Also, 152 and 154 were the lengths.  Think those were pretty accurate for me.

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Welcome to EpicSki.  It's difficult to offer any advice about skis unless we know what your current skis don't do that you wish they did, e.g. better grip on ice, better float in powder, more rebound out of turns, etc.  Do you want wider skis, longer skis, early rise tip, rockered tip and tail, camber or no camber, etc.?  Once we know what you are looking for, we can offer some suggestions.

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Don't know much about the Nordica skis for intermediates.  You might consider asking for input on TheSkiDiva.com if you don't get enough replies here.

 

152 and 154 are a little on the short side.  But if that's what you are comfortable with, then that's what matters.  My carvers that I use in the southeast are 5cm shorter than my all-mountain.

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I guess I don't know what I don't know.  Not sure about camber, rocker, etc.  Just a recreational skier that found 2 skis I liked and was looking for advice on those specific skis.  Thanks!
 

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Demo'd a bunch of skis last weekend (icy hard pack) and came down to these two.  Haven't seen any reviews on the First Belle so was looking for advice.  I ski in the NE, intermediate, no off-piste.  5' 3", 125 lbs.  Have been on K2 One Luvs for about 5 years and have found my skiing ability has deteriorated - plus in mid-40's now.  Tried the Belle to Belle step up from 1st Belle, but didn't like them, also tried Fischer KOA, Dynastars and Vokyls.  I have Nordica boots, purchased last year.  Any input appreciated!  Excited to feel confident on new skis!

You say you got new boots last year.  Has you skiing deteriorated since you got the new boots?

 

The reason I asked is because there could be an alignment issue in the new boots causing the deterioration and possibly an easy fix. 

Its not normal to see someone post who's tried a lot of different skis with "meh" results. 

 

There is a lot more we need to know about you before we can help you find the fix. 

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