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Need awesome all-around women's skis [replacing 10yo Elans]

Poll Results: Which ski?

 
  • 0% (0)
    K2 Potion 90 XTI
  • 50% (1)
    Blizzard Black Pearl
  • 50% (1)
    Nordica Wild Belle
  • 0% (0)
    Elan Insomnia Fusion
2 Total Votes  
post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

Howdy! After destroying my Elans of 10 years, it's finally time to buy a new pair of skis. I'm a woman who wants female-specific skis, and does a diverse range of terrain: deep powder out west, piste in the East, glades. I want a ski that can do it all, well! I'm told that I carve hard and am faster than the average woman, but I'm frankly afraid of going too fast. 

 

Here are the skiis I'm currently considering. Please do not suggest others outside of this unless - it took me SO long to get down to this point! - unless you think I'm crazy and missing something that is seriously awesome.

 

K2 Potion 90 XTI

Blizzard Black Pearl

Nordica Wild Belle

Elan Insomnia Fusion (at 75mm, I think this is too narrow... but I'm a sucker for the fact this was designed by Porsche)

 

Appreciate the help!

post #2 of 24

Have you posted this question at Theskidiva.com? That's an all women forum and those girls know their skis...

post #3 of 24
Thread Starter 

I haven't - great idea. Thank you, Cheizz!

post #4 of 24

@marznc This is a friend of mine. We skied together in Tremblant. I figure you might be able to give her some good advice.

post #5 of 24

I know the Blizzard Samba has a lot of fans...my wife got a pair last year and loves them, and she's only intermediate level.  Others on here who have them and love them are much higher level skiers.

post #6 of 24

I don't think the Nordica Wild Belle is enough ski for what you want. I have the Nordica Helles Belles and the Nordica Nemesis both of which are beefier (is that a word?) skis.    The Wild Belles did not seem stable at speed.  I would put the Black Pearl in a similar category as the Wild Belles. I am 5'8 and 140 pounds.  I know nothing about the other 2 skis you mentioned.

post #7 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeselk View Post
 

Howdy! After destroying my Elans of 10 years, it's finally time to buy a new pair of skis. I'm a woman who wants female-specific skis, and does a diverse range of terrain: deep powder out west, piste in the East, glades. I want a ski that can do it all, well! I'm told that I carve hard and am faster than the average woman, but I'm frankly afraid of going too fast. 

 

Here are the skiis I'm currently considering. Please do not suggest others outside of this unless - it took me SO long to get down to this point! - unless you think I'm crazy and missing something that is seriously awesome.

 

K2 Potion 90 XTI

Blizzard Black Pearl

Nordica Wild Belle

Elan Insomnia Fusion (at 75mm, I think this is too narrow... but I'm a sucker for the fact this was designed by Porsche)

 

Appreciate the help!


Welcome to EpicSki!  As mentioned earlier, would be good to ask for Diva input.  Also good to provide height & weight.

 

I've been happy with the Black Pearl for several seasons.  But if I lived in the northeast, it would not be my go to all-mountain.  I'm petite, advanced, and can ski the BPs in hard snow conditions but there are many skis that are better suited.  I ski them out west in most conditions, but if there is more than 6 inches of powder then I usually rent wider skis that are more fun in deep powder.  The skis I had fun with last season on demo days were from the Head Joy line.

 

Paging @Trekchick 

post #8 of 24
Thread Starter 
Great reco - Samba gets awesome reviews. And I dig this year'd feather design, too.
post #9 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeselk View Post

Howdy! After destroying my Elans of 10 years, it's finally time to buy a new pair of skis. I'm a woman who wants female-specific skis, and does a diverse range of terrain: deep powder out west, piste in the East, glades. I want a ski that can do it all, well! I'm told that I carve hard and am faster than the average woman, but I'm frankly afraid of going too fast. 

Here are the skiis I'm currently considering. Please do not suggest others outside of this unless - it took me SO long to get down to this point! - unless you think I'm crazy and missing something that is seriously awesome.

K2 Potion 90 XTI
Blizzard Black Pearl
Nordica Wild Belle
Elan Insomnia Fusion (at 75mm, I think this is too narrow... but I'm a sucker for the fact this was designed by Porsche)

Appreciate the help!
I'll throw another ski in the mix that fits your description a little better.
Head total Joy
Hard carving
Crud busting
All mountain
Winner
post #10 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post


I'll throw another ski in the mix that fits your description a little better.
Head total Joy
Hard carving
Crud busting
All mountain
Winner

What she said.

post #11 of 24

Go a little wider than the black pearl.

Ski essentials has the 2014 Samba in all lengths - $375 

I believe just the top sheet has changed

post #12 of 24

There are a ton of skis that "do it all" but most that do don't do any particular thing particularly well.  Have you considered skipping the "do it all" ski and getting two skis?  One for hard snow days and one for deeper snow?  It really is a better way to go.

 

My wife loves her Black Pearls, even in fairly deep powder, but we live in the west and never ski out east.  When the snow is really firm though, she prefers a real carving ski.  I've seen really good women rail icy conditions on their Black Pearls at high edge angles.  I think I'll try to arrange for her to demo the Total Joy this year.

 

A better description of you might help us help you.

 

see:

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/five-key-questions-when-buying-new-skis

post #13 of 24
Tell us a story?

Quote:
Originally Posted by jeselk View Post
 

Howdy! After destroying my Elans of 10 years, 

post #14 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Utagonian View Post
 

There are a ton of skis that "do it all" but most that do don't do any particular thing particularly well.  Have you considered skipping the "do it all" ski and getting two skis?  One for hard snow days and one for deeper snow?  It really is a better way to go.

 

My wife loves her Black Pearls, even in fairly deep powder, but we live in the west and never ski out east.  When the snow is really firm though, she prefers a real carving ski.  I've seen really good women rail icy conditions on their Black Pearls at high edge angles.  I think I'll try to arrange for her to demo the Total Joy this year.

 

A better description of you might help us help you.

 

see:

 

http://www.epicski.com/a/five-key-questions-when-buying-new-skis


^^^This.  I would definitely buy a more firm biased ski for back east.  Maybe 75-80 underfoot and then something 100-110 underfoot for powder.  I love my Elan Amphibio 88 xti's on firm snow.  Maybe stick with the Elans?  http://www.elanskis.com/us/home.html

post #15 of 24

Why limit yourself to only women specific skis?  There are plenty of men's skis that will work equally well for you, some maybe better.  I've skied women's skis(Blizzard, Volkl, Dynastar and Head) and I've also skied in women's boots(Atomic Redster Pro 90W - really nice boots).

post #16 of 24
Thread Starter 

Yes @skier31 - I know exactly what you mean when you say beefier! And, yes, you're right - the Hell's Bells do seem to be a better option for my needs over the Wild Belle. Thanks!

post #17 of 24
Thread Starter 

@marznc this is excellent counsel and steering me towards a decision. You're right - I ski more regularly in Vermont and NY, so my skis should be best-suited for that terrain. I can always rent or demo when I head out west!

post #18 of 24
Thread Starter 

@Utagonian thanks for that link - all great points to consider! In an ideal world, yes, I'd love 2 pairs of skis (at a minimum), but my little NYC apartment has no space for such luxuries, unfortunately! I'm thinking of focusing on East-skiing and demo'ing when I'm lucky enough to get powder.

post #19 of 24
Thread Starter 

@liv2ski My Elans were so good to me for such an abnormally long time... I like the idea of sticking with them...

post #20 of 24
Thread Starter 

@mtcyclist @Trekchick @marznc you're all making me consider Head Total Joy! The thing is - I'm not a fan of the appearance (cue the sighs). And with so many, many options, I want something that both feels and looks great! 

post #21 of 24
Thread Starter 

I hear you @mtcyclist. Women and men have different centers of gravity (as I'm sure you know!), so I'm thinking skis for women will be designed to help move us forward a bit more. And hoenstly, because there are so many choices, I figured this was a good way to narrow down my search! I took note of the boots - they sound comfy!

post #22 of 24
Thread Starter 

@cantunamunch Once upon a time, a girl with big curly hair went skiing in Vermont. Skies were blue, the temperature was just right - not too cold and not so warm you'd start to sweat, and a serious snowfall left a thick layer of that rarely-seen-out-East powder so craved by all snow bunnies. Later in the day, the girl got tired, and probably should have stayed away from a run in the glades. But the heart wants what it wants, even when the legs can't keep up. So came about the decision that led to the end of her beloved (and very, very old) Elans. Let's just say a tree with big twisty roots was involved. The end.

post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 

Great deal @Old fart carver - and I DIG your name hahaha

post #24 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeselk View Post
 

@Utagonian thanks for that link - all great points to consider! In an ideal world, yes, I'd love 2 pairs of skis (at a minimum), but my little NYC apartment has no space for such luxuries, unfortunately! I'm thinking of focusing on East-skiing and demo'ing when I'm lucky enough to get powder.


So...

 

  1. Where in the world are you skiing? 

  2. What kinds of terrain do you prefer (groomed runs, moguls, race course, park'n'pipe, trees, steeps, backcountry/sidecountry)

  3. How many days a year do you ski?

  4. How advanced are you as a skier?

  5. What's your height and weight?

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