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"Men" and "Women"-specific Skis and Weight

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I'm getting the run around looking for skis. Unless you're a cute little athletic thing, you tend to get pushed aside in a ski shop and being pushed towards recreational beginner/intermediate skis.

 

I don't want to get into a big debate on whether there should be men's versus women's skis; but I just want to look at one piece of it.

 

I'm an ex-competitive mogul skier that essentially got back into the sport last year. 20 years ago I was on 185 cm skis. Last year mid-160s were the models I demoed and liked, but always found issues without getting enough acceleration out of a turn. Now, I'm about 5'4", advanced/expert skier, but I'm heavy (although lost about 45 lbs this year and plan on losing more.)

 

I'm trying to figure out whether I would be better off going for longer women's skis or a similar model in a men's ski at my preferred length (160ish)? (Ideally, I'd be out there demoing dozens of skis, but this would help narrow out the starting point.)

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Most higher end women's skis share construction with their unisex siblings. So while you might not be able to find a 166 blizzard black pearl, 166 Bushwackers are a lot more common. This does vary from manufacturer to manufacturer but it is the rule or than the exception. So if you are open to graphic options, you can expand your search. The question arises then what attributes are you looking for in a ski?
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