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Does anyone know of lightweight downhill gear that would be appropriate for an expert woman skier. As I get older, I don't want such heavy gear and I'm finding it difficult to obtain weight stats for gear. Anyone know of brands and models I should look at? I'm replacing skis and boots this year and I ski in the East as well as two trips to the West or Europe each year. Thanks for your help. 

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TBH, I would never make any type of recommendation on boots based on weight. Ask your bootfitter if he has any suggestions. In the end, what works for your feet works for them. 

 

For skis, we would need much more detail in order to give any type of recommendation. Height, weight, what kinds of skiing do you like to do?What is your skiing background? There will be a very different set of recommendations for a 5'10" 170lb former racer that likes to rip arcs than there would be fore a 5'1" 105lb tree skier. 

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Head's 'Joy' series for women is remarkably lightweight for the performance. Boots can be a bit tougher, as fit is critical, but with the advent of 'side country' boots, there are more light boots than ever. Some folks have transitioned to Alpine Touring gear as their full-time downhill set up as the weight can be much, much lower. Tech fit bindings (like Dynafit) and touring boots can drop massive amounts of weight compared to a 'traditional' set-up. Just be aware that there is no such thing as free lunch (TINSTAAFL), dropping weight will change performance. That can be good or bad, everyone's tastes are different.

 

(if, on the other hand, you simply need help transporting heavy gear for ski trips... I am available for western/ euro trips and can lift heavy objects.)

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Does anyone know of lightweight downhill gear that would be appropriate for an expert woman skier. As I get older, I don't want such heavy gear and I'm finding it difficult to obtain weight stats for gear. Anyone know of brands and models I should look at? I'm replacing skis and boots this year and I ski in the East as well as two trips to the West or Europe each year. Thanks for your help. 


Welcome to EpicSki!  Sometimes helps to know what skis you have been using recently.

 

When you say "older" do you mean over 40, over 50, or over 60?

 

One of the reasons I decided to buy the Absolut Joy after demo'ing for a few seasons was the light weight.  Even though the bindings are system bindings, weight is not an issue.  I mostly use them for Mid-Atlantic skiing.  I also have a pair of all-mountain skis for trips out west.  I'm petite and over 55 so having lighter gear to carry from the parking lot is of interest.

 

Have you ever checked out TheSkiDiva.com ?  I vaguely remember a discussion about the weight of bindings in the last year or so.

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