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PhatLuv 04-05 review

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168s--Soft, silky, they just stroke the snow, slide over anything. Can carve if you pay attention but a lotta fun to just to play with them flat. They slither over bumps. Pretty damp. Just pretty too, what with the flowers and all. And there's a little window in the sidewall where you can look in to see the wood core. I swear I am not making this up. I luv my big green clownfeet.
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My girlfriend used the Phat Luv for a day at Northstar resort in No Lake Tahoe. Conditions were 20" of heavy fresh that was already packed, except spots in the trees where you could find something to surf. On the groomers, big moguls were forming that were not hard but certainly not soft. She normally skis a Salomon Verse 500 @ 160.

She loved the Phat Luv, saying it initiated a turn very easily. It was great over the bumpy terrain, as it is a soft flexing ski. When it had to, it floated with grace. She felt the wide width made it stable. She wants me to buy it for her.
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I've had my eye on these as a supplement to my Supersports. I'm guessing a 167 is the right size for me (I'm 5'9", about 135 lb); does this sound right? I haven't skied a ski that fat before.
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My girlfriend use the 161 cm I think. She is 5'6" 125 lbs and a good, but not great skier. That length was perfect for her.
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Originally Posted by segbrown
I've had my eye on these as a supplement to my Supersports. I'm guessing a 167 is the right size for me (I'm 5'9", about 135 lb); does this sound right? I haven't skied a ski that fat before.
I'm 5'9, 150 and use 167. I would try shorter if I weighed 135, which I wish
I did.

PS-Used these in heavy wet spring snow yesterday and they were a blast in bumps -- like a car on a roller coaster, they just hung on to my line.
post #6 of 10
Buy her a pair Billiam, cmon. She deserves em, who knows maybe in the future she will buy you your dream pair of boards just when u least expect it.

Alfonse
post #7 of 10
The graphics on the Phat Luv definitely are one of it's selling points. Very attractive flowers and colors for women. Not a sexist comment, just an observation I hope.
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Originally Posted by denyadog
I'm 5'9, 150 and use 167. I would try shorter if I weighed 135, which I wish
I did.

PS-Used these in heavy wet spring snow yesterday and they were a blast in bumps -- like a car on a roller coaster, they just hung on to my line.
Thanks for the info. It just seems weird, they are so short!
post #9 of 10
I very kind member of Epicski sold me a pair of these (at a killer price) and I used them for the first time a couple of days ago, in some mild powder. I'm used to Stocklis, but used to love K2s and especially Olins. I've never had fat skis before but went out on an enourmous pair of "Pocket" Rockets (they weren't pocket, they were huge!) and never quite got the hang of them.

Well, these Phat Luvs are heaps of fun, I really like them. They are fat but don't "feel" fat, they are turny but stable, very light, very obedient and very willing. Nice in mild bumps, nice in mild powder, they carve down steep groomers very ably (with some wobbling around but probably cos I was being lazy and not laying them over enough) and wedge well too. No attitude at all. These ones are about 160cm I think, same height as me.

And the graphics are great, I wish more ski brands had fun stuff on them like these flowers. After doing a few runs on them, I got to line-up and left them on the ground. The Boarders don't usually mix with us skiiers, but they ventured over to look at them. Then they started playing with them, putting their boots in and trying to ride them. Evidently the graphics attracted them. It was pretty funny.
post #10 of 10
I just recently bought a second pair of Phat Luvs - I have a set of 174s and a set of 167s, with the longer ones as my touring setup. I requested my first pair a couple years ago as a Christmas gift, as I was looking for a ski that would be easy to handle in trees and whenever my knees weren't feeling great. They have exceeded my expectations. I have always had fatter skis in the quiver that I use as powder skis, but they do fine in up to about 1-2 feet. I think they carve beautifully on groomed runs, but I'm so used to using fat skis on a regular basis, that I don't have a problem getting them on edge.

I do prefer my Gotamas on really deep days or when the snow is really chunky. The Phat Luvs are fairly light so when I want to go fast and blast through crud vs. picking my way through, then I like bigger skis. But I think they're a great all purpose ski for Western resorts. And they're definitely the best women's specific ski I've ever tried, and I think they're better than a lot of unisex skis out there.
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