or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Help with another wife - Skis?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Help with another wife - Skis?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Yes, this is another 'help my wife' thread. Your input and opinions will be greatly appreciate it.

My wife's stats and level and are a little different from the other wives.

Physical stats: 5' 8", 140 lbs. Not overly athletic

Age: 45

Ski level: Intermediate. Can do parallel, starting to carve turns. Stays mostly (right now) on gentle blues.

Ski locations: Mostly Mid-Atlantic, Washington DC area (Whitetail, Liberty, Blue Knob)

I am trying to find her a set of skis that she can grow with. Options that I am considering are :

1- Volk 724 Ext Gamma, 163 with bindings. New. Price $240
2- Fischer RX6, 150 with demo bindings. Used. Price $150

What do you think? RX6 too much ski? Volks too long?

We will appreciate any help or comments. Thanks in advance
post #2 of 11
There's a good chance the Vokls will be a bit too long for your wife, especially if she is a beginner/intermediate. And at her weight, I'd go with something below 155 cm.
post #3 of 11
Atomic B7, B9 or C9W.
post #4 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomic_918
Atomic B7, B9 or C9W.
I gotta say... you Atomic guys are certainly loyal and persistent. :

yuyax:

Are those your only choices? I would tend to agree that the Gamma's might be a tad long given her background. Personally, I think the Fischers would work just fine.

Do you have access to any of the women-specific K2's? They make a whole bunch of good skis for women.

Bob
post #5 of 11
Volkl sounds like a good choice and based on your wife's weight and height the ski should be longer than 160, somewhere in 161 - 165 cm range.
post #6 of 11
My wife is in the same skill level and height, about 130lb, age 28, and we just bought her some Blizzard Esprit women's skis @ 143cm. She improved within the first couple runs on these skis, so they seem to have been a good choice. I got the skis for $150 at a local shop, on sale for half price.

skyrocket, I think 161-165 is too long. I would say 150cm tops, but it really depends on the ski.

CRaig
post #7 of 11
" skyrocket, I think 161-165 is too long. I would say 150cm tops, but it really depends on the ski."

My wife is the beginner and skis on 156 cm (she is 5’5 and 115 lbs), for intermediate and advance level skier who is 5' 8", 140 lbs, 156 is way too short, for all mountain ski the length should be at least 160 cm. Remember, the longer skis add stability and float.
post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by skyrocket101
" skyrocket, I think 161-165 is too long. I would say 150cm tops, but it really depends on the ski."

My wife is the beginner and skis on 156 cm (she is 5’5 and 115 lbs), for intermediate and advance level skier who is 5' 8", 140 lbs, 156 is way too short, for all mountain ski the length should be at least 160 cm. Remember, the longer skis add stability and float.

If it's a newer shape ski, it really should be no more than forehead height for experts, and no more than neck to chin height for beginners. Of course there are exceptions, and weight is also a factor. Finally, a lot of skis can be skied even shorter than normal (like the Volkl 6-star for instance). It's rare that you'd want to go longer than normal on a shape ski, since you gain very little stability from added length (beyond what's appropriate) on this type of ski. You may be giving up a lot of maneuverability and not gaining much stability.

Craig
post #9 of 11
Craig, if you like to ski short skis that's fine, but I would be very careful about making a wrong suggestion. 5'8 = 172.7 cm, so 163-165 is well around the nose area where the intermediate ski should be. More over, with new ski technology it only takes a beginner to ski 5 times until he moves to intermediate level.
post #10 of 11
I am 5 8 and 140 pounds. I am in my 4th year of skiing and started out with 163 cm skis. After going to an Atomic clinic for women, the rep recommended a 150 length which I bought and loved. I skied that length for the past 2 years. I really liked the shorter ski as it seemed to do everything I wanted it to do.
I ski about 50 days per year and ski most of the mountain. (Breck)

I felt very confident and comfortable on the shorter skis. I think they helped me progress and I like them in the bumps.

Nancy
post #11 of 11

Elan Fusion Whsiper 08

got a pair from dawgcatcher for my wife and she loves,
plus the are lite

peter keelty (www.techsupportforskiers.com) had good things to say about em
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Ski Gear Discussion
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › On the Snow (Skiing Forums) › Ski Gear Discussion › Help with another wife - Skis?