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Women's one ski quiver, plus bindings

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

These are for a lady in her early twenties, and "boots before skis" has been dealt with already. I unfortunately cannot remember what the previous pair were, but they were "borrowed" long term from a family member of similar proportions and ability, intended mostly for carving icy groomers, and were probably five or six years old.

 

  • Where: New Zealand. North and South Islands, but probably mainly South.
  • Terrain: Powder when available (not often), otherwise groomers and off-piste crud with some steeps and maybe some park or bumps. Mostly groomers and crud.
  • Level: Advanced (~6).
  • No. of Days: Fairly variable, averaging maybe 5-10 over the last 5 years, but likely to be increasing over the next few years if I have anything to say about it.
  • H&W: 168cm and 65Kg. That's 5'6" and about 143lbs.

 

She's fairly aggressive for her ability level, but not dramatically so. Skis fairly fast and not really what I'd call a finesse skier. She suffers from the "I love powder so I want a fatter ski even though I rarely get to ski powder" delusion but will probably listen to advice on that given enough time. That said

 

I was thinking about potentially Black Pearls, Celebrity 90s, or Koa 88s, but perhaps something with a narrower waist (than high 80s/90) might be as good or better?

 

Also, I'd like some recommendations on bindings too, please.

post #2 of 10

Perhaps you chould add Rossignol Temptation 88 or 82 to your list? From your own suggestions, I take it that she's looking for a ski that is not too stiff. Is that your train of thought, or is it just my deduction?

 

If she skies not too shy, maybe the Nordica Hell's Belles, Head Mya 8 or Völkl Kenja are options as well? Maybe it helps why you think that the models you mentioned would suit her. Tnan we can narrow it down a bit...

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Ah, my apologies. I should have mentioned that she is, as you surmised, looking for a ski that is not too stiff, preferably a bit playful and not too unforgiving. Ideally with decent grip on hard snow as well as being okay in powder.

 

I was thinking about the Black Pearls because they fit most of the description AFAIK, although they maybe aren't so great for grip on really hard snow and steeps? I hear the Celebrities grip well for a 90, and aren't too stiff and are quite fun to ski. Similarly for the Koa 88.

 

I think the Temptations are a good suggestion. If the Hell's Belles are somewhere in between the Black Pearls and the Kenja, they could be an option too. I know nothing at all about the Mya 8 - feel free to enlighten me.

 

And one random question: How do the Celebrity 90s compare with the Line Soulmate? (I've heard talk that the Prophet 90 is basically worse than the Prophet 98 in every regard except edge-to-edge time... but that's just idle chatter.)

post #4 of 10

For what it's worth, I had a good time with my new Black Pearls in a variety of conditions at Alta.  Certainly no problem with powder.  One day was about 14 inches of heavy powder, another was 8-12 inches of fluffy stuff that was still coming down.  A couple days were spring conditions when things softened pretty early.  Definitely helpful on frozen crud off-piste that hadn't softened yet.  Do great on groomers and soft bumps.

 

I'm an older advanced skier who likes Rossi in general.  My all-mountain are Attraxion 8.  I like the Temptation 82 and 88 when I've done demos.  Being on the petite side, I don't like Volkl in general having tried a few models.  When I was doing a personal demo day at Big Sky last season, they did not recommend the Koa based on hearing what I preferred.

post #5 of 10

Haven't skied the head Mya 8's myself. Mmy girlfriend - almost same specs as yours - has them at the top of her wish list, though...

 

Here are some reviews:

http://www.powder7.com/Head-Mya-No.-8-Skis/for-sale

http://skicanadamag.com/2012/10/01/gear/expert-all-mountain-test-2013#HEAD

post #6 of 10

K2 Superstitious 

 

They could be a little advanced for her ability level now but her ability level will continue to improve with more time on the snow and the K2 Superstitious is a great all mtn ski that can do a bit of everything and loves to go fast.

post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 

Those both look like pretty solid suggestions -  thanks for the advice. Any thoughts on bindings?
 

post #8 of 10
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Those both look like pretty solid suggestions -  thanks for the advice. Any thoughts on bindings?
 

My BPs have Solomon Z10s.  Makes for a very light combination.  Some people have not been happy with the Marker bindings often put on BPs.

 

By the way, I have the BP 159cm and am 5'0", 115 pounds.  For all-mountain skis with less tip rocker, I like skis in the low 150's.

post #9 of 10
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Interesting - what haven't people liked about the Markers? And which Markers, for that matter?

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Interesting - what haven't people liked about the Markers? And which Markers, for that matter?

I think the problems were mostly with the Marker Squire being used by women a year or two ago.  Here is a related thread on another forum.  Haven't heard about issues as much recently.

 

http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/index.php?threads/has-anyone-had-a-problem-with-the-squire-bindings-locking-in.14155/

 

I was using some rental Blizzard Crush with Marker bindings in 2012 at Alta.  The skis were fine for the conditions, but I definitely had issues getting into the bindings most than once.  I demo skis often enough to know that the situation was unusual.  The guys at the shop weren't too surprised when I mentioned the problem.

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