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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 

I am looking for some new sticks for my wife (5'7'', 128 lb.). She is, lets say, a careful skier, not agressive and fast at all and skies groomers most of the time. But her technique is o.k. although I can't do anything with the ability level numbers often referred to in this forum. I was looking into s.th. like a Head XCi or Voelkl 5 Star in a shorter length (around 165 cm) which turn well and have a good edgehold for the icy days but are not too stiff.

Any thoughts/recommendations?

post #2 of 16

The Head Monster 70 (I think the women's version is called the lightning 70) is an excellent all round ski for what you describe and also works well if she gets more adventurous. You could probably go to a 160 (or 162 if that is what it comes in).
post #3 of 16
My wife used the Nordica W65 and really liked them. They're not around anymore, but occasionally you can spot a pair in the clearance section for around $99 (they've got them at SportChalet in Southern Cal for about that price). They turn very well and would probably fit your wife's style.
post #4 of 16
I’d suggest looking at the Elan W08 for your wife. I’ve know a women who is approximately the same size as your wife who is a strong intermediate skier, who skis on mostly groomed runs and really likes the Elan Whisper 8.0 skis she got last year. The Elan W06 is probably also worth considering.
post #5 of 16
If you like the Volkls, one other ski I might recommend is the Supersport Gamma. It is a stightly lighter and softer verson of the 5 star. My girlfriend got to ski a demo last spring and it greatly improved her turns.
post #6 of 16
Your wife skiing sounds very much like mine. She is on last years Atomic C9 in a 160cm. Last years ski dimensions were 104-64-94 14M radius. She loves them.

The new ski is called the C9 Pulse. Skiing gave it the highest ratings in the CARVING INTERMEDIATE category

The 150cm is 103-64-95 12M Radius

The 160 is 104-64-96 13M radius

There is also the Women speciific B:9 (Balance) Puls
with slightly different dimensions and construction and the bindings are probably mounted slightly forward.

The C9 is a very user friendly, carving intermediate ski easy skiing ski that is very versatile, any turn shape at any tempo. It has been very highly rated for on-piste skkiers learning to carve.

In the final analysis she realy should demo a few skis so she doesn't get something she really dislikes.
post #7 of 16
Ckeck out the new women's specific line from Fischer called the Vision Series. http://www.fischerskis.com

Fischer skis have a reputation for awesome edge hold like some of the other brands mentioned here. They tend to have with a smooth, light feel and they are durable.

This season a lot of manufacturers are coming out with women specific skis. Generally, they take into account that women are lighter and have a different center of gravity than men. There are certainly regular skis that will do the job as well and bindings can be mounted forward to deal with the center of gravity issue, if felt neccesary.
post #8 of 16
Elan S-8 Fusion is a very nice easy ski. Extremely forgiving and loves to set an edge. Not a go-faster ski. Definately a relaxed blue groomer. Highly underrated. Everyone I've ever met that actually skis them (patrollers included) simply love the ski. I'd put that first on the top of the demo list - it's a great benchmark .
post #9 of 16
If I can piggy-back a bit on this thread, I have a similar question -- as well as similar-sized and similarly (if not more) cautious-skiing -- wife. Last spring, she demoed the K2 T9-X (liked it okay, but didn't say "wow!") and a Salomon something, which unfortunatly I didn't write down (hated it: refused to ski more than two runs).

She's always skied groomed snow, but expresses interest in learning to ski looser stuff. Given that that unpacked snow (particularly heavier unpacked snow) doesn't exactly, shall we say, reward the cautious approach, I wonder whether this is worth encouraging. But it did get me tilting toward something a little wider. The T9-X is (or was) a 70 mm ski.

In doing research, I've started with "women specific" skis, to narrow the field down, if nothing else. I must confess to a little cynicism about the whole concept though. For example: "forward mounting position" just means they draw a line on the topsheet in a different position. You don't need that to mount a little farther forward. Another: Dynastar pitches their women's ski line with the "exclusive" feature that it has some sort of bump where the binding heel goes. If you want to increase ramp angle, you don't need a bump on the ski to do it. On the other hand, I suppose there's something to be said for flowers.

A side note: Atomic actually has a model that's named the "B:7 Girlie." Is that Schwarzenegger-inspired, or what?
post #10 of 16
Originally Posted by sjjohnston
A side note: Atomic actually has a model that's named the "B:7 Girlie." Is that Schwarzenegger-inspired, or what?
Only if it becomes your ski and we can call you a Girlie Man!
post #11 of 16
If you do only one nice thing for your wife this season, have her demo skis before buying.

She should not only try different brands and models, she should try different lengths. She might find that she prefers a 160cm, or she might like a 167cm. It's really hard to tell, and it does make a big difference in the end--the same ski does not ski the same in different lengths. She should try both unisex and women-specific skis as well. I have always owned unisex skis (I've been skiing for 36 years), and last year, I demoed some women's skis and fell in love with the K2s. In fact, I've purchased the K2 Phat Luvs. When it's time to replace my mid-fats, I'm going to get the K2 T:Nine Spires. I tried some other women's skis, and didn't like them as much. But I have many female friends who ski other brands and love them. I also have many female friends who still ski unisex skis.

Women's skis really are different from unisex skis. It used to be just a paint job, but now they are designed differently and made with lighter materials, so they are easier to turn and are much more lively for many women to ski. Let me tell you: That is a GOOD thing!

My point is that skis are a very personal choice, and for the amount of money you're going to drop, you should let her compare and choose which one she likes. She'll enjoy skiing more if she's on the right ski, and she'll also improve her skiing too. I'm sure that's what you really want for her. It will do amazing things for your love life, too.

Most resorts have demo days, or you can do it through a ski shop. And if you're lucky enough to have Jeannie Thoren stop by at a place near you, then hook your wife up with her and let her do her thing.

post #12 of 16
Atomic had a "Wings Seminar" series last year. Wings is Women in New Gear.
I hope they have it again this year. I thought the Atomic women specific skis were great. I had previously skied on Volkl 20/20 skis and did not like them very much. After the Wings seminar I bought the C9W and the R10W.
I am 5"8 and 135 pounds. I bought the skis in the 150 length and love them.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Right on, thanks everyone for the input.

As for the local advice we are unfortunately living on the other side of the pond but it takes a lot of time already to check the options mentioned. Plenty of work to do now (well, for the spouse ).
post #14 of 16
Sorry. Missed the fact that you are writing from Europe. The Fischer Euro site www.fischer-ski.com
post #15 of 16
you know I dont know your everyday conditions, but I put my mom on a pair of old sl raceskis, (2002-2003) and she loved them, they were light and quick, and very stable
post #16 of 16
New skis for your wife? Some might call that a good trade!

(Not me, of course, as my lovely wife Susan looks over my shoulder.....)

I'll second LostBoy's recommendation of Fischer's Vision line. But really, any good performing, not-too-stiff (not racing), forgiving ski should fill the bill for her. Just don't make the mistake of getting something too low-end, especially if it is an older model from a "bargain bin." If you want her to enjoy skiing the most, find a good, modern ski with a reasonably deep sidecut--something that turns "almost by itself" will inspire confidence, and might create a real breakthrough!

You might include a coupon for a private lesson with a good instructor along with those new skis.

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
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