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B2 Bandit mens or womens

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
I am an intermediate skier witha pair of volkl supersport 4* carving skis. These were recommended because of my weight and ability 5'11" an 152lbs. As I am a light skier I was wondering if a womens b2 in 170 would suit me better than a mens. I can get a mens 176 instead. Both are going cheap. What do you guys think
post #2 of 20
I wouldn't get them with your Volkls. If you're replacing your Volkls, then maybe, but I wouldn't have both skis.
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
So you think they are too similar to the Volkl. Do you think I should look at something with a larger waist. What is the consensus on Men using womens skis anyway.
post #4 of 20
Edmund, I'm a little confused what you are looking for in a second ski. The 4-Star (112-67-97) at 161 is capable of taking you to the next level, and its not clear what terrain, conditions or purpose the second pair of skis is intended for.

At your stage of skiing development, it might be counter-productive to have multiple pairs of skis, each with its nuances of control, weight distribution and flex. The money might be better spent on developing higher skill levels so that more diverse equipment has some real meaning. The EpicSki Acadamy camps or weekend would do much more for you than a second pair of skis. Anyway, if you can define your intentions, conditions and objectives for this second pair of skis, we will continue to try to help.

Keep in mind, when you start new threads on the same topic we tend to lose the information you posted earlier. We were not ignoring your previous thread, you just were not giving us the kind of information that would let us help. Skis are an individual decision. We can't recommend THE SKI that is right for you, especially if we don't know how your are going to use it, and what you are expecting that ski to do for you. The B2w is a fine ski for a lightweight skier looking to use it on groomed slopes at up to moderate speed, but it may not be what you want next year, if your skills are more developed. As far as using womens skis...you are nearly 6-feet tall. Although you are lightweight, I presume you have a mans strength. Very strong women seem to prefer the unisex or mens skis. I don't know many men with advanced skills that benefit from using a womans ski.
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
perhaps you are right. It just I have so long to wait until the snow comes. I just like the idea of snapping up a bargain. I nearly won a pair of apache hellfires for $240 on ebay the other day. I just thought picking up last years models now may save me in the future. Though I suppose I could do the same thing this time next year. If I can get the b2w or b2 for cheap ie less than $240 inc bindings Il probably take them. Thanks for the advice though. Yeah some lessons would go down a treat.
post #6 of 20
How long have you skiied on the Volkls?
post #7 of 20
I added this text to the post above, but you posted in the meanwhile:

As far as using womens skis...you are nearly 6-feet tall. Although you are lightweight, I presume you have a mans strength. Very strong women seem to prefer the unisex or mens skis. I don't know many men with advanced skills that benefit from using a womans ski.

I don't think a good ski bargain now will do as much for you as buying a plane ticket and planning on skiing out west for a week instead. If you are in the east consider the ESA weekend at Stowe. A good place to put the money ($350) thats burning a hole in your pocket.
post #8 of 20
I have skied both and own the B2 and they really aren't anything alike. If you want the B2s for everyday western skiing then I can see why you would want them. If you want them for eastern skiing you should stay with your 4*s. The men's would be fine for your weight (the B2s aren't really stiff), but the 176 might be too long depending on your ability, where you will be skiing them and snow conditions.
post #9 of 20
Terp, I think Edmund is based in Scotland, so, powder days are a rarity!
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post #11 of 20
Edmund, have you sorted out boots yet? (and are you currently in NI or Scotland?)
post #12 of 20
Thread Starter 
I am currently In N.I . Have a funny story, well kind of on the boot front. Went to a 'ski shop' (needs inverted commas) here to see about some ski boots. I explained to the guy there that I was probably a 27.5 though I wasn't sure. He said I should try the tecnica rival x9 in a 28.5 as it was all he had. I explained they may be too big and he stated that they can shove bits into them these days to make them stronger. I asked him about the new vento boots or diablo boots (though diablo above my ability) and he had never heard of either. Worst yet the guy wanted £265 for the boots. Thats over $400. I think Il wait and go to somewhere in Scotland at the end of next month. There is an Ellis-Brigham in Aviemore which I think may give better advice as well as a few others so I think Aviemore would be my best bet. I'l get the bindings mounted while I'm at it. Going by what I have learnt here I think that Lange boots will most likely fit me the best as I have a narrow foot. Though I won't get hung up on a paticluar brand until I see what the fit is like. They should call you columbo with your investigative skills
post #13 of 20
(edmund, I sent you a PM)
post #14 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wear The Fox Hat
Terp, I think Edmund is based in Scotland
Oh, well I guess he won't be needing the 4*s either eh?
post #15 of 20
diablo above your ability??
should i really be getting diablos?????
post #16 of 20
Thread Starter 
I thought the diablo had a very stiff flex. There are some guys on the forum which know a hell of alot about boots. The new Vento replaces the rival series with a stiffer flex I think. You can get them with hot foam and ultrafit liners. try tecnica.it
post #17 of 20
Thread Starter 
just been on their site . They have a new daiblo burn boot as well. There is an expert boot guy on the forum he'll know whats best.
post #18 of 20
yeah but the funny thing is..

i flexed the magnesium easier than i flexed the atomic B7...
post #19 of 20
Thread Starter 
Funny thing is...............I Just bought some diablos today. Not the magnesium but the flame ultrafit. Very comfortable boot. Got them in a 27.5 . Flex index of 80. Got some comformable insoles (i Think thats how you spell it). The boot fitter said I had a medium/wide foot with a high instep. Another bonus of the diablo is the changeable heel and toe, helping to increase the longevity of the boot. Went to a shop under the advice of WTFH and I must say the guys were much more professional than anywhere else I had been. Good price too of £189.
post #20 of 20
good stuff edmund
yeah i'm gonna get the diablos too, the most comfortable boot i have ever put on (ive been trying sooooo many boots)
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