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Gear Advice Needed - Intermediate to Advanced [woman in the northeast]

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hello everyone!

 

I've been in the market for new skis all season but can't seem to make up my mind, hoping to get some solid advice from your guys so that I can finally pull the plug.

 

A bit about me:

Height: 5'6"

Weight: Just over 200lbs (yes, I'm a big girl)

Years skiing: +20 years

Ability: Advanced (Can handle Double Blacks and some moguls)

Current skis: Older Elans (116/69/96, R:14.4, L:160, Classic camber profile with flat tail)

Boot size: 24.0 (properly fitted and all that jazz)

Main Ski Area: Eastern Groomers, some off-piste, some minor jumps and box rails in the park)

 

I like my current ski's handling on hard packed but as soon as there's some fresh snow and a bit of crud, I just plain hate them.  I'd like something with more pop, that's more stable when dealing with fresh snow, that can handle speed and a more agressive skiing style.  I like the reviews on the Blizzard Brahmas and am kind of leaning towards them at the moment, in 166 since I'm pretty short.  Thoughts?  Advice?  Other recommendations?  Any feedback would be appreciated at this point.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 10


Hello and thanks for stopping by.  If you don't receive any other specific ski recommendations I would suggest just checking out the excellent reviews already posted here on Epic.  Select the "Gear" tab in the top bar on the page, then "Alpine Skis" in the category box midway down the next page. Then you have numerous categories to explore including "Women's Alpine Skis".  In general, based on what you are looking for I would look for something with some rocker or early rise along with the traditional camber, and some metal (titanium laminates) along with some length greater than your current 160's.  This will all lead to better crud performance and stability at speed for your weight and aggressiveness. Hey .... the Brahma sounds like a great candidate for your short list!  Good luck.

post #3 of 10
Hi

Really can't give any advice on park or girls ski even, so I'll just make 3 comments:
* The brahma is pretty pretty stiff. This suits the all mountain and edge grip, but Park skis tend to be softer
* The kendo is pretty similar to the brahma. Might be good to take a look at kendo or its women version
* maybe there's a twin tip that fits the bill, if the park part is important (but if you like the flat tail that might not be the thing


Good luck
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice guys but I think I need to clarify things. I don't ride woman's skis because they tend to be too soft. Average woman's weight is 140ish lbs and I'm far from that. As for terrain park (easy kiddie park), I'm 41 yrs old so not planning to do much more there than some small box rails and tiny jumps. If I get more serious about it, I'll add a proper park ski to my quiver.

What I need at the moment is a ski that performs well on eastern groomers, has a bit of float when we get a fresh dumping and can handle some crud post dumping. This is why I'm looking into rocker/camber or rocker/camber/rocker profiles, but with the different profile, I wonder if I should stay around 160 or go longer and if so, how much longer?
post #5 of 10

Even looking at your current all camber Elans, you could easily be longer than 160 at your weight.  As you may know, introducing rocker into the mix in general, will have them "ski shorter" than the same size with all camber.  I recommend going into the 170's on a rockered ski for you.

post #6 of 10

Welcome to Epicski.

 

PM sent to Trekchick to come and take a look and advise.  She got the info on skis for women.

 

From what you describe you are on a SL ski with a slightly larger radius, so I'll suggest an SL masters ski something like a

 

http://www.rossignol.com/CG/CA/hero-elite-st-racing-r20-racing--2014--RADBQ01--product--alpine-men-skis.html .  I'm lighter and male on a FIS GS and FIS SL ski and love it (in a 3-4 yr old Dynastar version).

 

However, take Trekchicks advise over mine as I tend to enjoy the races skis and will push that way.

 

Cheers,

post #7 of 10
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Hello everyone!

 

I've been in the market for new skis all season but can't seem to make up my mind, hoping to get some solid advice from your guys so that I can finally pull the plug.

 

A bit about me:

Height: 5'6"

Weight: Just over 200lbs (yes, I'm a big girl)

Years skiing: +20 years

Ability: Advanced (Can handle Double Blacks and some moguls)

Current skis: Older Elans (116/69/96, R:14.4, L:160, Classic camber profile with flat tail)

Boot size: 24.0 (properly fitted and all that jazz)

Main Ski Area: Eastern Groomers, some off-piste, some minor jumps and box rails in the park)

 

I like my current ski's handling on hard packed but as soon as there's some fresh snow and a bit of crud, I just plain hate them.  I'd like something with more pop, that's more stable when dealing with fresh snow, that can handle speed and a more agressive skiing style.  I like the reviews on the Blizzard Brahmas and am kind of leaning towards them at the moment, in 166 since I'm pretty short.  Thoughts?  Advice?  Other recommendations?  Any feedback would be appreciated at this point.

 

Thanks!


Welcome to EpicSki. 

With your stats, and your desire to go a little wider without going too wide, the Brahma is a great choice and, yes, the 166 is a good length.  

 

Have you thought about a two ski quiver, getting a wider ski for soft snow and something narrow to compliment it, (if you're replacing your Elan) ??

post #8 of 10

Assuming you want one ski, I would look for an hard snow oriented all mountain ski with a bit of tip rocker and a waist in the mid 80s.  Definitely go longer than 160 to maybe 170 or so.  The Brahma is a good choice, as would be one of the Rossi Experiences or Fischer Motives. 

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advise oldschoolskier, TrekChick and JimH.

I only love my current racing/sl skis on hardpacked, any other conditions and I'm griping all the way down the mountain. I have considered a multiple ski quiver but step one is getting a solid "all purpose" for my local conditions and then look into fun additions.

I got my current Elans 5 years ago after a 6-7 year hiatus from skiing (my previous skis dated from the early 90s) and I purposely underrated my ability when buying them as skis seemed to have changed a fair bit in the last 15yrs.

So the plan now is to pass on my Elans to a friend that's getting back into skiing after a +10yr hiatus and I start fresh :-)
post #10 of 10

I'd suggest you try a few of the highend women's skis like the Kenja and Black Pearl also. The Kenja has great edge hold. You may be ably to find some leftovers from last year in the longer lengths.

 

http://www.skiessentials.com/outlet.html?cat=1140 check out that site.

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