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Single pair for Northeast, all over the piste

post #1 of 13
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First post, been eating up the wealth of info here to the point where I'm worried for my mental health. Lots of great stuff.

 

Need suggestions for a few skis for my bitter half; it doesn't necessarily have to be a women's ski, as I assume any ski that is right for the rider's size, skill and style would be fine regardless of gender. Or are there specific design considerations for women's skis (besides the graphics, which aren't so much of an issue)?

 

This is for someone that is 5' 2" and 120 lbs, long time casual skier that can handle most blacks out here in the Catskills. Likes the bumps, trees and taking the steeps with control. Not *super* aggressive, but does like a challenge to her skills. We've been on rentals that can probably carve okay (Roc X's) but are really stodgy at everything else. And she doesn't really carve, so...

post #2 of 13
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Originally Posted by Skathi View Post
 

can probably carve okay (Roc X's) 

 

Nah, they're stodgy there too.   

 

 

Have a look at some of the reviews for the Head Joy series, see if that fits.

post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by Skathi View Post
 

First post, been eating up the wealth of info here to the point where I'm worried for my mental health. Lots of great stuff.

 

Need suggestions for a few skis for my bitter half; it doesn't necessarily have to be a women's ski, as I assume any ski that is right for the rider's size, skill and style would be fine regardless of gender. Or are there specific design considerations for women's skis (besides the graphics, which aren't so much of an issue)?

 

This is for someone that is 5' 2" and 120 lbs, long time casual skier that can handle most blacks out here in the Catskills. Likes the bumps, trees and taking the steeps with control. Not *super* aggressive, but does like a challenge to her skills. We've been on rentals that can probably carve okay (Roc X's) but are really stodgy at everything else. And she doesn't really carve, so...

 

Interesting.  Paging @Trekchick.  

 

Did you mean that about "bitter half," or was it a Freudian slip?

 

Welcome to Epic, by the way!

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by Skathi View Post
 

First post, been eating up the wealth of info here to the point where I'm worried for my mental health. Lots of great stuff.

 

Need suggestions for a few skis for my bitter half; it doesn't necessarily have to be a women's ski, as I assume any ski that is right for the rider's size, skill and style would be fine regardless of gender. Or are there specific design considerations for women's skis (besides the graphics, which aren't so much of an issue)?

 

This is for someone that is 5' 2" and 120 lbs, long time casual skier that can handle most blacks out here in the Catskills. Likes the bumps, trees and taking the steeps with control. Not *super* aggressive, but does like a challenge to her skills. We've been on rentals that can probably carve okay (Roc X's) but are really stodgy at everything else. And she doesn't really carve, so...


As a petite women, my experience is that unisex skis rarely come in a length short enough for me.  My understanding is that there are design differences for some women's skis.

 

Have you also been renting boots?

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

RE: bitter half -- Let's just say we have many lovingly applied unflattering pet names for each other (and many flattering, too!). Maybe that informs an affinity for the more playful and bumpy terrain.

 

I'll back away from calling the Roc X's decent groomers, but relative to their other applications it's fair. Not that I'd be Fred Astaire on other skis, but truly I've made some hilarious mogul runs on these, jumping from bump to bump just to get the tail loose.

post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

Would be interested to know what the design differences are. Good point about length, she's on 150's now. We are currently renting boots, and getting fitted pairs is on the list. Just feeling out our options now.

post #7 of 13

Nordica Belle to Belle? (prob 163?) I ended up falling in love with last year's Wild Belles, but they're different this year. The Belle series has great edge hold, so important for the east!

 

Also, maybe you can post this question to The Ski Diva forums...those ladies always give great suggestions.

 

Good luck!

post #8 of 13
I agree that the Belle to Belle is a good option. The women we've sold this ski to all love it and are mostly advanced intermediate to advanced skiers. BUT, before buying skis please purchase boots from a reputable and knowledgeable fitter. Skiis are of secondary importance, properly fitted boots are the key to better skiing. Get boots and then demo some skiis with the new boots. And I'd recommend looking at Salomon or Atomic boots, the shells of both can be custom molded to your feet.
post #9 of 13
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Originally Posted by mtcyclist View Post

I agree that the Belle to Belle is a good option. The women we've sold this ski to all love it and are mostly advanced intermediate to advanced skiers. BUT, before buying skis please purchase boots from a reputable and knowledgeable fitter. Skiis are of secondary importance, properly fitted boots are the key to better skiing. Get boots and then demo some skiis with the new boots. And I'd recommend looking at Salomon or Atomic boots, the shells of both can be custom molded to your feet.
+1. Except that IME the priority should be finding a skilled bootfitter who knows how to measure and evaluate your feet, stance, and mechanical issues so as to start with the best boot possible. For the sake of your 'bitter half,' make sure it's someone who'll take female geometry and mechanics into consideration without a whole lot of silly preconceptions (e.g. "all women need heel lifts and/or big forward lean to stay out of the back seat" and that sort of BS). That way all the boot fitter has to do is tweak things, rather than having to rebuilding the whole boot.
post #10 of 13
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Thanks for the feedback. There are reputable fitters at Windham and Hunter that we'll seek out before committing to new skis. Do there tend to be price cuts on boots later in the season as there are for skis?

post #11 of 13
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 Do there tend to be price cuts on boots later in the season as there are for skis?

Yes.  Discounting generally starts in February in the shops in the NY/NJ suburbs, then March/April in the mountain shops.  The one issue is that the selection of boots will decrease significantly as the season goes on.  Don't wait too long or they may not have what you want.

post #12 of 13

I agree; boots first.  Best bit of advice you can take.

 

You can always go for last year's stock [edit - assuming they have sufficient stock to be properly fit] which should already have been discounted.  You'll have the boots for years, so buying a 2014/15 model is not the biggest concern.  The really critical bit is to work with a good fitter.  Ask them to toss in a lifetime of boot tweaks if that's not included (many stores will do this in any case).

 

When it comes to skis, demoing is the only way to go.  Take some advice from the team here about which models to demo, but then try to get on the snow with each pair before making a choice.  It's the only way to ensure you love the ski you choose.

 

Welcome to the forum, and best of luck.


Edited by sinbad7 - 12/22/14 at 2:52pm
post #13 of 13

if you're getting boots from a shop, take a minute or two to ask about skis while you're there.  Get a list of their suggestions with prices, if you want help, post here  and the internet yahoos will give you their 2cents opinion if you're still interested to buy at that point.


Buying all from one place can afford you some free service like mounting/wax, or at least goodwill and free advice.

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