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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
Hi,

My wife is 5'0", 115#. She's athletic, 29 years old, 60% groomed, 30% bumps, 10% backside. She skis primarily in Tahoe (Sugar Bowl) and SLC (Canyons). Blacks and Double-blacks are no problem. She loves speed. Until now, she's been renting high-performance skis (such as Bandit B1w). She's looking for skis that will give her good groomed speed and turns, but will also be versatile for all-mountain.

I'm looking at the following skis for her:
Nordica Speed Machine 12 XBS 154cm with 213 Ti Bindings ($425)
Nordica SUV 8 SLE 150cm with Marker integrated bindings ($325)
K2 Apache X 153cm ($300, no bindings)
Atomic R9 150cm with CR412 bindings ($250)
Atomic R9 150cm with Device 310 bindings ($325)

Questions:
Opinions on these models and lengths?
She's pretty interested in the newer style bindings (integrated, or on rails). What do you think about the CR412 versus the Device 310?
There are auctions for FX10 Railflex2 and Device 310 bindings for $40-$80. Will either of these work on the Apache X?
Other recommendations?


Thanks!
post #2 of 27
Does she have a sister?
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately, no

Small world, though - I see you're in Newtown Square PA. Her folks live there now. She grew up skiing in Seattle slush, then spent high school and college skiing in Vermont, and this past year we moved to NorCal. So we're both trying to figure out the right equipment to have for Tahoe.
post #4 of 27
sbyun, welcome to EpicSki!

May I suggest that she try the K2 Burnin' Luv? While historically women's skis were just intermediate skis with flowers on them, it is no longer true. I'd suggest adding that one to the demo list.

Also, put the Fischer RX8 on her list, together with the Atomic b5 in a 152. I think that the R:9 may not be enough ski.

...and Phil is very interested in the answer to his questions...
post #5 of 27
Thread Starter 
One reason I was considering the R:9 is because she's pretty light. So I was thinking that a "lesser" ski, under her lighter weight, may end up performing better for her than an expert ski, which might be too stiff and uncomfortable.

Thoughts?
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by sbyun
Unfortunately, no

Small world, though - I see you're in Newtown Square PA.
Forget the sister question then, just in case the know me or my wife .

PM me who and where they live, it is a small community.
post #7 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by sbyun
One reason I was considering the R:9 is because she's pretty light. So I was thinking that a "lesser" ski, under her lighter weight, may end up performing better for her than an expert ski, which might be too stiff and uncomfortable.

Thoughts?
With her strength and skill, I don't think that's an issue. I skied with an expert woman earlier this year (she's a training at Copper) and she was on the M:b5 in the 152. She's probably (guessing, here!) in the same weight range as your wife. Maybe even a bit lighter. The 152 is definitely more for expert women than it is for men, IMO.

I'd recommend getting the ski for her skill level first and using length to adjust for weight. She'll want a ski that she can rail up on edge, and also one that will respond to her input quickly. The challenge with a "lesser ski" is that it does neither of these well (that's what makes them "forgiving") and may very well find them frustrating as a result ("it just won't do what I want it to do!"). If she's demoing, why not? But, hopefully, this gives you some things to think about in the process.
post #8 of 27
Might be tough to find a ski that small to demo especially this late in the season, most are clearing out thier demos.
post #9 of 27
Might be some folks on here from PC that would be able to get 'em, tho. Dawg?
post #10 of 27
Thread Starter 
The problem with the Burnin Luvs is that (A) they're really hard to find, and (B) they're very expensive. Given that we're skiing in the West most of the time, what do you think about the Nordica SUV 8 SLE versus the Nordica Speed Machine 12 versus the K2 Apache?

154s come up pretty much to her forehead - that isn't too long?

Lastly, how well do you think the FX10 Railflex2 binding would work on the K2 Apache X?
post #11 of 27
How about the women's R10 Sierra has in 170 or 180? Can't beat that deal with the bindings. Little more than the R9, little less than the R11.
post #12 of 27
Thread Starter 
Since she's only 5 feet tall and 115 lbs, I'm pretty sure that 170s would be way too long for her.
post #13 of 27
sbyun, I think all of those are too little ski for her, given what you say about her prowess on blacks and double-blacks. How much are you willing to spend?

Found these sites: http://www.gravityexchange.com/outdo...n-Luv-Ski.html
http://www.usoutdoorstore.com/istar.asp?a=6&id=C04019!105&csurl=%2Fistar.asp%3Fa %3D3%26dept%3D01

and this one with bindings...

http://www.geardirect.com/products/U...ified/6448.cfm

Again, you can certainly pick up those intermediate level skis, and I'm sure that she could ski on them. However, she will not get as much help (or, dare I say it, enjoyment) out of them as a ski that is appropriate for her size and ability.

Also, perhaps some of those northwest ski shops would have a pair for a good price (around 50% off)?
post #14 of 27
post #15 of 27
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Originally Posted by Ella
That looks like a fun ski for a western skier, will it be enough ski performance wise?
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by Ella
Actually, Ella, I was thinking about those, too, but forgot to add 'em in. Lisa Marie loves her's, but thinks the Burnin's are just a little above them. Nonetheless, these would definitely be worth a demo.

Also, look for demos that are being sold...
post #17 of 27

I can't believe that Gonzo hasn't made this comment yet

[quote=sbyun]Hi,

My wife is 5'0", 115#. She's athletic, 29 years old, 60% groomed, 30% bumps, 10% backside.
QUOTE]

Is this a description of your wife or her skiing?
(sorry, I know it's rather crude but I couldn't resist)
post #18 of 27
Thread Starter 
(choosing to ignore dp )

Thanks for the recommendations - keep 'em coming!

I was hoping to spend less than $400, but I also don't want to make a mistake by trying to save $50.

The Burnin Luvs are too expensive. And the 2 links that you folks found (thank you for the effort) were only for 167 and 174s.

The Dynastar Exclusive Legends sound like they could be perfect, and Princeton has them in a 152 for $460 including binding.

Last question: How would you compare the Exclusive Legends for $460 versus the K2 Apache X for $360?

Thanks again!
post #19 of 27
Thread Starter 
... and what do you think about the Look P1 fixed bindings versus the Railflex2 or Marker IBX bindings?
post #20 of 27
Thread Starter 
I can also get Atomic R:10s, 150cm, no bindings, for $150. How does the R:10 compare with the Exclusive Legends and the Apache Xs?
post #21 of 27
Sbyun: I second the Burnin' Luvs. A level 9 lady skier I know, who can REALLY rip, just bought these and loves them. Truly a world-class ladies ski that brings top-end performance in a pretty package. Points taken, though, regarding cost and availability.

I just bought my wife the Rossi B:2's (female version), which she adores. Her skiing form improved 30% since strapping these boards on. They're supposed to be fantastic, all terrain, female specific skis.
post #22 of 27
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Originally Posted by sbyun
... and what do you think about the Look P1 fixed bindings versus the Railflex2 or Marker IBX bindings?
Any of these will work just fine. I'd suggest using the ones that match the skis the best!
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by sbyun
I can also get Atomic R:10s, 150cm, no bindings, for $150. How does the R:10 compare with the Exclusive Legends and the Apache Xs?
I'd probably go with the Dynastars, given that choice...
post #24 of 27
Thread Starter 
OK everyone, thanks again for the great advice. I went ahead and ordered the Dynastar Exclusive Legends, 152 cm, from Princeton Ski Shops - $460 including bindings and shipping. Can't wait till next weekend!

Now, please help me out with some intermediate-level skis for myself (I'm actually a snowboarder but want to pick up skiing again so I can hit the moguls with my wife!) Here's my other post:
http://forums.epicski.com/showthread...d=1#post266125

By the way, for my own skis I'd like to spend less than $200 if possible - I just need some good sticks to get me through the next couple of years, at which point I'll probably upgrade to advanced skis.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by sbyun
Now, please help me out with some intermediate-level skis for myself
If you want to learn modern skiing technique quickly I'd suggest you take a look at the Atomic SL9. They can be had on ebay pretty cheap. Ski + Binding in the $300 range.
post #26 of 27
Captain Strato, what level was ur wife before she strapped those B2ws on?
my gf is interested in them
post #27 of 27
Glad you got the Legends. How does your wife like them? While I adored the Burnin' Luvs, the Legends are more versatile, especially for bumps. Have fun, and since we have the same skis, can you ask your wife to make some turns for me? I need to finish the season vicariously!
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