Trying to help my mother find a new pair of skis.
She is a former Western gal, grew up skiing larger mountains than the groomer we have out East.
She was a good technical skier, I would rate her advanced/expert in her prime.
She never had expensive skis, and relied on technique to "keep up."
She currently uses Atomic Balanze 3:1 141cm that she picked up at a garage sale for $20. Before that she had a set of "straight" Atomics, I have no idea what model. I don't know if she is preferential to Atomic, but that appears to be all she has owned.
So I would like to find her a set that is well above what she has used in the past.
Being older now (60, shh...), not as strong, and more fragile, she does not ski aggressively, and I would probably put her more in the average style with intermediate/advanced capability (she could easily overpower her current skis)
I would like a ski that has good torsional rigidity for safety during those ice skating periods we go through out east which made me think something with at least 1 Titanal layer. Downside is that they are heavy.
I am a fan of Head Skis, and thought the new Super Joy, with its light weight (5lb with binding 2280g), would be perfect and I read they are at least reasonably torsionally stiff. But they are too new and too expensive.
I am trying to keep this sub $350 and between 5-6.5lbs (2270-3000g) with binding.
She likes light weight, her boots only weigh 3 lbs.
Atomic's Blackeye and Blackeye Ti's I can easily get around $200; cheap enough I can sell them again if they don't suit her and they haven't changed too much since 2011. Just picked up Ti a set for myself to try out, but at 167cm at 7lb 9oz - 3440g they are even heavier than the Monster iM78's I use by almost 1/2 a lb. I don't imagine there would be a drastic weight reduction at 160cm.
Anybody have weight numbers on Blackeye non-ti with bindings at 160cm?
Her 'ideal' size is around 157 so close enough.
Can any female skiers comment on Blackeye's as far as handling?
I don't want to rule out all other options, but Blackeye's are ubiquitous, cheap, and I could order a set tomorrow.