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women's vs. men's skis

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What differentiates a "women's" ski from a "men's" ski? I'm shopping for my son who is currently the same size and weight as his mom. Any reason he shouldn't have "women's" skis?

 

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Originally Posted by gregpru View Post

What differentiates a "women's" ski from a "men's" ski? I'm shopping for my son who is currently the same size and weight as his mom. Any reason he shouldn't have "women's" skis?

Depends where you are but I am sure his friends will have a field day with him skiing mom's skis or any woman's ski....
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The way I understand it, women's skis are actually made for women, with a lighter core I believe.  Also, the bindings are mounted slightly forward on a woman's ski to account for her center of gravity.  I always thought this was a marketing gimmick until I demoed a pair.  It really makes a difference for a woman and I bought a pair right after that.

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I'm looking at new skis and many choices are not "female" in any visible sense. Thought there might be difference in construction due to size/weight considerations. I was just saying that my son is the same size and weight as an average woman, so if there is a great deal on a "women's" ski that doesn't appear effeminate in any way, why not get them for him? On the other hand, he wore pink tights to school yesterday so maybe is should look for pink skis with flowers and hearts on them.... :)

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Thanks, that is helpful.

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