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Salomon Bamboo skis for my wife? [shopping for an intermediate from London]

post #1 of 15
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Hi there, looking to purchase a first pair of skis for my wife. She's been skiing 5 yrs (so 5 weeks actually) and is a solid intermediate. She enjoys the mountains and skiing but is not aggressive or hugely determined to progress to expert, although she would like to become an advanced skier at least in the next year or two. We'll probably get 15-20 days skiing in this year so i thought it makes sense to buy her skis now.

 

She's 32yrs, 5ft 5inches, about 120-125 lbs. generally confident but gets nervous on ice and fresh snow. She hasnt quite grasped the concept of real carving yet, partly due to a slightly rigid bent fwd body position i think, and still pushes a lot of snow when she turns, doesnt have that "on rails effect" of skis carving.

 

Anyways i found a good deal on some 2014 162cm Salomon Bamboo with z10 bindings and wanted to know what people thought of them (there are hardly any reviews online).

 

Anyone demo'd these puppies? Are they the solid, versatile, confidence building intermediate-adv skis i'm looking for?

 

Or should I really consider something else.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 15

I've skied quite a few recent and older Salomon models (though all unisex models), but stable and confidence-building are not two words I would use to describe them, my girlfriend has had the same experience with Salomon skis. To me, the XT800, 24hrs Max and Q-98 all have the same non-grippy feeling, especially on harder snow. And I don't think it was a tune issue: all skis I demoed last year were tuned by the same guys at the test centre in Sölden, Austria - I've seen them doing it.

 

Fischer Koa 80 (all-mountain), Fischer Progressor 800 (Lady?) (piste-oriented) and most Nordica models (Bell to Belle, Wide Bell) have a more secure feel, according to my grlfriend and what I read on TheSkiDiva forum.

post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by Boddice1 View Post
 

Hi there, looking to purchase a first pair of skis for my wife. She's been skiing 5 yrs (so 5 weeks actually) and is a solid intermediate. She enjoys the mountains and skiing but is not aggressive or hugely determined to progress to expert, although she would like to become an advanced skier at least in the next year or two. We'll probably get 15-20 days skiing in this year so i thought it makes sense to buy her skis now.

 

She's 32yrs, 5ft 5inches, about 160-165 lbs. generally confident but gets nervous on ice and fresh snow. She hasnt quite grasped the concept of real carving yet, partly due to a slightly rigid bent fwd body position i think, and still pushes a lot of snow when she turns, doesnt have that "on rails effect" of skis carving.

 

Anyways i found a good deal on some 2014 162cm Salomon Bamboo with z10 bindings and wanted to know what people thought of them (there are hardly any reviews online).

 

Anyone demo'd these puppies? Are they the solid, versatile, confidence building intermediate-adv skis i'm looking for?

 

Or should I really consider something else.

 

Thanks!


Welcome to EpicSki!  Where did you have her buy boots?  Paging @Trekchick for suggestions.

post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi Marznc, thanks, we bought her boots from a specialist foot/ski clinic called Pro Feet in Fulham, London. I can't recall the model but they were Atomic. Great service I'd recommend them (if there are any Londoners reading this smile.gif

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Cheizz thanks a lot for your thoughts. I'll definitely hold off buying these Salomons till I can do some more research and check out the skis you've suggested as well. never heard of skidiva either so going to have a look

post #6 of 15

theskidiva.com is a women only ski forum. Lots of gear-oriented posts on the forum. 

post #7 of 15

As a lighter male skier, I go there ^^^^ once in a while to get takes on unisex models. Intelligent brief reviews, good counterbalance to the reviews other places by guys who usually outweigh me by 30 lbs. and prefer two turns to the bottom. 

post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Boddice1 View Post
 

Hi Marznc, thanks, we bought her boots from a specialist foot/ski clinic called Pro Feet in Fulham, London. I can't recall the model but they were Atomic. Great service I'd recommend them (if there are any Londoners reading this smile.gif


Sounds good!

 

One way to search that is more likely to turn up useful info is to use a directed search.  For instance, something like:

 

salomon bamboo: theskidiva

or

wife intermediate: epicski.com

 

This is from 2011, but you get the idea. :)

http://www.epicski.com/t/107397/skis-for-my-wife-an-intermediate-skier

post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by Boddice1 View Post
 

Hi there, looking to purchase a first pair of skis for my wife. She's been skiing 5 yrs (so 5 weeks actually) and is a solid intermediate. She enjoys the mountains and skiing but is not aggressive or hugely determined to progress to expert, although she would like to become an advanced skier at least in the next year or two. We'll probably get 15-20 days skiing in this year so i thought it makes sense to buy her skis now.

 

She's 32yrs, 5ft 5inches, about 160-165 lbs. generally confident but gets nervous on ice and fresh snow. She hasnt quite grasped the concept of real carving yet, partly due to a slightly rigid bent fwd body position i think, and still pushes a lot of snow when she turns, doesnt have that "on rails effect" of skis carving.

 

Anyways i found a good deal on some 2014 162cm Salomon Bamboo with z10 bindings and wanted to know what people thought of them (there are hardly any reviews online).

 

Anyone demo'd these puppies? Are they the solid, versatile, confidence building intermediate-adv skis i'm looking for?

 

Or should I really consider something else.

 

Thanks!

 

 

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Originally Posted by Boddice1 View Post
 

Cheizz thanks a lot for your thoughts. I'll definitely hold off buying these Salomons till I can do some more research and check out the skis you've suggested as well. never heard of skidiva either so going to have a look


Hi Boddice, The Salomon Bamboo is actually a pretty nice ski for what you're saying your wife needs.  It will be a smooth ski that will help her get confidence and skills.    You can get suggestions all over the map for this category, but Salomon does a pretty good job with this line. 

If you really want to do some more research on some other options, I can make a suggestion or two but you found a good ski for what you (your wife) needs. 

post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 

thanks for your thoughts trekchick

 

just re-reading my post from this morning I've made a huge and unforgivable error... I've put my weight not hers! she is 120-125lbs (not 160-165) ! fingers crossed she never reads this post! :duck:

post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by Boddice1 View Post
 

thanks for your thoughts trekchick

 

just re-reading my post from this morning I've made a huge and unforgivable error... I've put my weight not hers! she is 120-125lbs (not 160-165) ! fingers crossed she never reads this post! :duck:


Mod note: Fixed it for you in Post #1.  Now you only need to hope she doesn't want to read the entire thread someday. ;)

post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Haha, thanks Marznc
post #13 of 15

I just ordered myself a pair of these skis from EVO. The price was just too good to pass up, and I have been hunting for a narrower, more carving dedicated ski. I am hoping to get out on them next week so I will report back :D I am also 5'5" and weigh about 127 pounds, so similar to your wife. I am a little more advanced it sounds like, but am still very cautious and tend to freeze up if I get scared. I prefer a ski that smooths things out but still has pop to it, and what I've read about these skis says they'll do just that. I'll let you know!

post #14 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks contesstant, i already bought the skis but we wont hit the snow till christmas. Look forward to hearing your review!
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Boddice1 View Post

Thanks contesstant, i already bought the skis but we wont hit the snow till christmas. Look forward to hearing your review!


Hopefully later next week!

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