Looking for pointers for someone who needs very different skis than I do...
Statistics as in the title of the thread. Several years of race training, but only at a D-team level. Skis fast (and in control), but not very technical (e.g., no really big edge angles). Limited experience with slop and crud, essentially no experience with powder or off-piste.
What she says she doesn't like about current skis is that they wash out when she tries to turn hard on softer snow (meaning, not ice). They've been too short for her for a while by my reckoning, now she agrees. But the lightest/softest of my current skis (Blackeye Ti) are too heavy and too stiff for her for anything except mach schnell on a significant slope.
Looking for a OSQ. We ski mostly in MN, so usually small hills, groomers, hard snow/ice to an occasional few inches of fresh/crud/slush, with an annual few days out west when we can. She'll probably be under 15 days per season for the next few years (in college, at a location in the flatlands).
So, here's a range of what she's been on recently:
Current skis, too short, possibly too soft: 159 Volkl RTM 75 (2012?)
Too heavy/stiff (but not necessarily too long): 2012 Atomic Blackeye Ti, 174 (waist 82, 16m radius)
Given where we mostly ski, I'm thinking 80-ish waist, turning radius 13 - 17m, length 170-175, limited rocker, on the softer/lighter side for that length (at least, softer than the Blackeyes).
So I'm doing some research, but would be grateful for pointers to good skis and good prices. New old stock and gently used are both ok. Black Pearl is one possibility, gets some good reviews here and elsewhere, though it's on the wider side. Other suggestions welcome, certainly not limited to "women's skis." And yes, I have read once or twice that we should demo.