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I've been trying to figure this out, but I'm stumped. ;)

That would be me working from my iPhone :D

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post #32 of 50
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I also would love to keep the cost in the $300-400 range. So, happy to look at leftovers and lightly used equipment as well.

Wow, this is the way to impress her. OTOH, if you aspire to, you know, sharing the same life over breakfast and having her support your habit, then think about new skis from last year that have received strong reviews. Plan to spend more like $500. You will be happy you did. 

post #33 of 50
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Wow, this is the way to impress her. OTOH, if you aspire to, you know, sharing the same life over breakfast and having her support your habit, then think about new skis from last year that have received strong reviews. Plan to spend more like $500. You will be happy you did. 

Someday you may get the opportunity to meat @wa-loaf  and when you do, you'll see what a class act he is.  I would love to get a chance to ski with him and his lovely fiancee.  

 

I hope he brings his kids too. 

post #34 of 50
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Someday you may get the opportunity to meat @wa-loaf  and when you do, you'll see what a class act he is.  I would love to get a chance to ski with him and his lovely fiancee.  

 

I hope he brings his kids too. 

<snicker>

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<snicker>


Seems like I've been posting and texting and saying a lot of things that make me blush lately.....just sayin' 

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Seems like I've been posting and texting and saying a lot of things that make me blush lately.....just sayin' 

yeah but you make us smile!! :-)

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yeah but you make us smile!! :-)

And I don't even charge admission!!

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And I don't even charge admission!!

a do-gooder in the best sense

post #39 of 50
She looks cute, I would gladly give you the Blizzard of your choice for her.
post #40 of 50
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Wow, this is the way to impress her. OTOH, if you aspire to, you know, sharing the same life over breakfast and having her support your habit, then think about new skis from last year that have received strong reviews. Plan to spend more like $500. You will be happy you did. 

Yes...a new pair and perhaps you can forego an engagement ring.
post #41 of 50
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Someday you may get the opportunity to meat @wa-loaf  and when you do, you'll see what a class act he is.  I would love to get a chance to ski with him and his lovely fiancee.  

 

I hope he brings his kids too. 

I'm sure he is. But in the widely cited "Marriage for the Sapient Male," it says: "you give your wife a shot at cool stuff, even if it means you eat crackers and cheese for lunch for a year. You will be rewarded sooner than the next life."  :D 

 

And in any case, your husband is waiting, poised, to help him through this difficult period with some sage advice on a new Blizzard. Don't Fight The Force...;)

post #42 of 50
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In the interest of good length to be long lasting and give her stability at speed, I'd say stay in the low 150's   Most of the women's skis jump from mid 140's to low 150's 

K2 Potion 84 - 153

Salomon Quartz 153

Blizzard Viva - 153 

Head Absolute Joy has a bigger range to choose from so you could go with the 153 or the 148.  As you know the 148 will be more nimble while the 153 will be more stable at speed.  

 

The other three skis on the list are all available in 146 and 153, while the 2 cm is negligible for the most part, her size is on the upper cusp of the 140's, especially if you want a ski that can grow with her. 

 

And, FWIW, Head is killing it with the Joy line this coming season.  You won't find it used because its a new ski for the coming season but the package price for ski and binding is still close to the range you want to spend. 

 

Edit, I didn't catch her weight earlier, I'd still stick with the 153 range but wouldn't consider the 148's at all. 


No, no.  I respectfully disagree.  She is my height and weight and even with early tip rise, high 150's is borderline.  I ski a 156 in an old style carver.  My frontside skis now are 163 and while I classify myself as "advanced," I am far from expert.  Low 150's will hold her back.  If she needs an intermediate ski, then buy one but in the correct length.  Something in the high 150's-low 160's range.  Full rocker, consider longer.

post #43 of 50
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Wow, this is the way to impress her. OTOH, if you aspire to, you know, sharing the same life over breakfast and having her support your habit, then think about new skis from last year that have received strong reviews. Plan to spend more like $500. You will be happy you did. 

 

I'm not getting her used demo skis or anything, but looking for bargains isn't a bad thing. She wants something that will work for her and isn't that concerned about how much I spend.

 

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Someday you may get the opportunity to meat @wa-loaf  and when you do, you'll see what a class act he is.  I would love to get a chance to ski with him and his lovely fiancee.  

 

I hope he brings his kids too. 

 

We'll definitely have to do some grilling ... whatever the meat is.

 

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 Full rocker, consider longer.

Full rocker for an intermediate East Coast front side ski? I don't think so.

 

 

Also, followed up about the boots. Turns out she's not as happy with them as I thought. Will be getting those first for her. I was going to replace mine this year, but I'm going to have to hold out another season if she's getting new boots and skis!

post #44 of 50
Do you have a local shop nearby? Any demo days she can attend? Before you invest in skis, why don't you invest in a couple of different demos? There are many good women's skis. It really boils down to preference.

With all respect to the various suggestions, what matters is whether your fiancée likes the skis. Time spent trying a few different brands should help you narrow things down.

Early in my skiing career, I spent half a season on the highest rated women's skis at the time. By chance, I tried a different brand and realized the highly rated skis were not for me.

Investing some time will be worth it!
post #45 of 50
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Needing boots changes the equation. So I'll focus on getting her set up with a nice pair at the shop (probably right at Wachusett so it's easy to go in for tweaks). Ski demos will probably follow at that point.

post #46 of 50
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I'm sure he is. But in the widely cited "Marriage for the Sapient Male," it says: "you give your wife a shot at cool stuff, even if it means you eat crackers and cheese for lunch for a year. You will be rewarded sooner than the next life."  :D 

 

And in any case, your husband is waiting, poised, to help him through this difficult period with some sage advice on a new Blizzard. Don't Fight The Force...;)

You have nooooo idea what kind of super powers I have when it comes to @Philpug

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I'm not getting her used demo skis or anything, but looking for bargains isn't a bad thing. She wants something that will work for her and isn't that concerned about how much I spend.

 

 

We'll definitely have to do some grilling ... whatever the meat is.

 

Full rocker for an intermediate East Coast front side ski? I don't think so.

 

 

Also, followed up about the boots. Turns out she's not as happy with them as I thought. Will be getting those first for her. I was going to replace mine this year, but I'm going to have to hold out another season if she's getting new boots and skis!

If you're taking her to a bootfitter, then have her see what she thinks about the lengths of skis next to her.  If she's giving up a 160-ish length then she may want to stay in that length, but if she's been intimidated then perhaps she may want to stay in the 150's to develop the confidence to move up in her next ski.:dunno

Also, consider the Blizzard Viva 77 if you can get it for less $$ over the Head Absolute Joy at the moment to cut back on cost since she's getting boots.   At her level of skiing, a good boot for her will not likely cost as much as what you're used to getting for yourself.    Just trying to give you options that could be cost effective and still make her extremely happy. 

If you're lucky, she'll be ready for a more advanced ski next year anyway. :D

 

*The Head Absolute Joy is my top pic in that class this, but this is the first year and there are no "leftovers" 

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Any opinion on the temptation 78?

http://www.the-house.com/8950rotmpf7813zz-rossignol-skis.html
Really nice ski. Has a tighter turning radius than the others I mentioned. Not s bad choice
post #49 of 50

The Head ski sounds perfect.  Now you need to get her into smaller boots (I'd bet anything hers are way too big).

post #50 of 50
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Any opinion on the temptation 78?

 

http://www.the-house.com/8950rotmpf7813zz-rossignol-skis.html

My wife bought a new pair of these last year and lovest them. 153cm. She is only about 120 lbs and very much a "low intermediate" also. Not sure what next size up is, but if it isn't a huge jump you might consider. 


Also, for boots, you can't beat Dalbello Krypton for comfort and warmth (IMHO).  I thing the Storm is the entry level women's boot. 

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