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Getting back into skiing. Looking for good, used all mountain ski. I'm a woman advanced skier, but not expert. Am strong, technical, like to go fast. Have always skied K2. My last pair were T9 and loved them. Am now considering K2 Burnin Luv. What length should I get? I'm 5'2" and 130 lbs. What other skis should I consider?

post #2 of 17

Did you find this: http://www.epicski.com/t/48590/k2-burnin-luv

 

What type of conditions do you prefer? Locations?

post #3 of 17
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Thanks. I'm new to site and hadn't seen that post. Certainly affirms my interest in Burnin Luv. I found a pair of length 146 in excellent condition, but wonder if I might need 156 (I'm used to long). I'm 5'2" at 130 lbs, age 53. What is the most significant performance loss I would experience if they are too short?  I live in the midwest, but would like to enjoy skiing out west too. With age, I've slowed down a bit and wonder if the shorter skis would be a wise idea. I like steep. I'm used to crud and ice, but of course, prefer groomed and powder. I'm a poor bump skiier, but would like to get better. Another plus for shorter skis?

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Hopefully, some of the women here see this thread and chime in for you.....

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Welcome to EpicSki!

 
I'm in your age bracket, a bit older and more petite.  Had a pair of K2 One Luvs several years ago.  They were marked as 142 but pretty much the same length as comparable skis marked as 149cm.  K2 measures a bit differently.  I used my One Luvs in the southeast and rented out west.  After getting more time on snow, lessons to become an advanced skier, and several demo days, I moved on to Rossi Attraxion 8. Added Blizzard Black Pearl a couple years later for trips out west.
 
Have you seen any reviews and discussions of skis on TheSkiDiva.com ?
 
Have you checked to see if there is a demo day near you soon?
post #6 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks Marznc. That was very helpful. Glad to know about ski diva. It's looking like 146 length is going to be fine for me. The pair in question turned out to be a 2012 Super burnin which apparently is the latest version of the burnin luv. It sounds like a pretty powerful ski that might be more versatile and forgiving in a shorter length. 

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Originally Posted by Estee View Post
 

Getting back into skiing. Looking for good, used all mountain ski. I'm a woman advanced skier, but not expert. Am strong, technical, like to go fast. Have always skied K2. My last pair were T9 and loved them. Am now considering K2 Burnin Luv. What length should I get? I'm 5'2" and 130 lbs. What other skis should I consider?

Welcome to EpicSki, and welcome back into skiing.

 

Skis have advanced quite a bit in the past few years.

 

The Burnin Luv is a ski from a few years ago, which had more than one life(in other words, there was more than one version of that ski).  The Super Burnin is the current model with the most contemporary design.

 

Where do you usually ski?

At your size a 146 as a strong technical skier, a 146 would be a bit short for you.

Do you want something that carves up the groomers or plays in the moguls and trees?

post #8 of 17
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Hello Trekchick. I now live in midwest. Usually ski locally, but want to enjoy my skis when I get out west. I was a strong, technical skier. Advanced, but not expert. The little hills here can get boring, but running gates all day can make anything interesting and challenging. So that's how I developed technical skills. These days I'm mostly carving up the groomers, but I love moguls and want to be better at it. As for trees, I ski that slowly, where there's room for mistakes.

post #9 of 17

I skied in the Midwest for more than 20 years so I have a solid understanding of what you're skiing.

If I were you, I'd look for something a tiny bit wider that will be versatile in the midwest and be fine for your out west trips.

 

One of the K2's that has more of that versatility is the Bright Side 90.  Its a bit wider than you're used to but its a whole lot more ski for someone with your abilities.

 

The other ski you may really really like is the Blizzard Black Pearl that was mentioned by Marznc.

 

Skis are far more versatile than they used to be and you'll be surprised how much you can get out of a ski for midwest and outwest.

 

I'll do some tagging on this page with a few ideas.

post #10 of 17
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That's fabulous! So glad I found this forum!

post #11 of 17
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The I also found a 2013 Nordica Wild Belle that looks nice. Not sure it's aggressive enough. But at 84, it's much wider than the Super burn at 72. The price is appropriate for me. I've never skied Nordica,  Any comments?

post #12 of 17

You'll find the K2 Superstitious to be a little more versatile as an All Mtn ski then the  Burnin Luv.  K2 specs call for a 1degree base and 2degree side but if you're skiing a lot of hard pack and or ice, putting a 3degree side on the Superstitious makes a significant difference in how well this ski rips on the hard stuff.

post #13 of 17
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Thanks MoJo23. I hadn't found the Superstitious yet. I like it. Wow this makes my research easier!

post #14 of 17
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Originally Posted by Estee View Post
 

The I also found a 2013 Nordica Wild Belle that looks nice. Not sure it's aggressive enough. But at 84, it's much wider than the Super burn at 72. The price is appropriate for me. I've never skied Nordica,  Any comments?


The Wild Belle is an advanced ski.  With the new construction in skis an 84mm waist ski is great for your application.  I have some reviews of the Wild Belle.  If I haven't posted them yet I will make sure to get them up.

 

Its a really great ski.

 

Note:  most of the skis I mentioned in my earlier post are in the 88mm category.

 

Edit:  The superstitious is similar in dimensions as the Wild Belle.  Its a bit on the damp side while the Wilde Belle is a bit more energetic.

 

Here is my review of the Wild Belle from 2013.  Its unchanged from the 2014.  I really like the 2014 graphics.

 

 

http://www.epicski.com/products/2013-nordica-wild-belle

Here, is a video of the women's Nordica Line for the year.


Edited by Trekchick - 12/16/13 at 7:38am
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks Trekchick. I'm so grateful for all the guidance from this forum! I believe I've narrowed it down to the Nordica Wilde Belle in 154 or the K2 Superstitious in either 146 or 153. I hear K2 measures differently. Since it's a stiffer ski, I wonder if I might do better in the shorter length. Perhaps get the benefit of a stiff ski to grab the ice, but a bit shorter would be easier to turn? Any opinions on this?

post #16 of 17

I think the 153 Superstitious for your size would be a good match.  Their basic tune of 1/2 would be a good starting point and if you want it to carve better go to a 3 degree side edge.

post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the length and tuning advice. I'm liking the Superstitious more and more. And it's looking like the 154 is the right length. Thanks to this forum, I feel much better informed about the new equipment. Any other words of wisdom welcome here!

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