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post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
Well, I can usually pick out skis for myself no problem but my partner today announced she fancied new skis. So...suggestions welcome..

She is a lower intermediate, 5'6" . Skis mostly in the east here for the moment. Doesn't particularly want a girly looking ski (and it must have tasteful/clean graphics!!: )

She has been skiing on a K2 Explorer(?? )in a 163 to date.

Loking for something that will allow her to make progress and still be enough ski as she improves but not too much hard work as she has banged up her knees a bit in recent seasons. Doesn't need to be current year, latest version (I am a frugal Scotsman after all ).

All recommendations welcome so I can narrow down the search a bit.

Thanks!!
post #2 of 23
K2's "Burnin Luv"is the hottest womens ski this year. Very much in demand I've been told. It's been around since last year. My daughter demoed them last year and loved them. Just bought her a pair, gonna be a surprise. Graphics??? What do I know I'm a guy.
post #3 of 23
Hi Scotty

Volkl 4 star w/bindings can be had for about $400. Atomic SX7 go for about $300; Fischer RX6 & Head 260i are also good options.

Cheers,

Barrettscv
post #4 of 23
I purchased the atomic c9 puls for my wife, & she loves them. Not really sure where these stand as for as intermediate/low intermediate, but she seems to ski with much more confidence, especially on hard pack.

Ray
post #5 of 23
Don't get something too flimsy for her.

The C9 is a good suggestion.
post #6 of 23

K2 One Luv

I would suggest the T-Nine One Luv from K2 in a 160. It has the same footprint as the Burning Luv but doesn't have the metal in it. Which makes the ski more forgiving.

Little Bear
post #7 of 23
You can pick up some great deals on Atomic C9Ws. Also the new B11, B9 and B7.

Atomic baby!
post #8 of 23
I can't rate the K2 women's series highly enough, I have the Burnin' Luvs, seriously thinking about adding a Lotta Luv or something a bit wider to the stable. For her, one of the softer versions, such as the One Luv, would be ideal. They are a great all round ski. They do have flowers on them though...
post #9 of 23
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions to date. Any more out there I should look at?

I think the K2s are a non-starter with these flower graphics
post #10 of 23
2nd vote for volkl (Attiva 4 Star) will be a better choice for her weight, http://www.volkl.com/ski/attiva_4star.html
post #11 of 23
The volkl Attiva S2 is also a great choice, a wonderful eastern carver to be had a great price. http://www.volkl.com/ski/attiva_s2.html
post #12 of 23
Scotskier

The Fischer Vision line of women specific skis got good reviews in the ski mags, and is well worth a look. It sounds like she could be a good candidate for the Vision 73 which is a new model this season. Its midfat shape is stable, and its side cut and flex make it a forgiving ride. I would descibe it as a nice all mountain cruiser with performance built into it to allow her to grow, without being difficult for her to ski at her present level..

It also has very nice looking tasteful and clean (and not girly) graphics. Oh, I almost forgot, another thing that you'll like is that the women specific skis are generally less expensive than the unisex models.

Take a look at the Vision skis on the Fischer website www.fischerskis.com.

Jim
post #13 of 23

Elan Whisper 08

got a pair of these for my wife: 5'4", 110 lbs, like to cruise in the
spring sunshine.

light weight, got a good price from dawgcatcher....
post #14 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScotsSkier
Thanks for the suggestions to date. Any more out there I should look at?

I think the K2s are a non-starter with these flower graphics
Well, that's just silly. Dismissing a great pair of skis just because of a few flowers is as bad as buying skis JUST for the graphics.

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post #15 of 23
Thread Starter 
Has anyone any thoughts/experience on the following that I have seen some deals on

Volkl 320 Gamma or 380 Gamma
Volkl 724 EXS Gamma

probably in 163
post #16 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by ScotsSkier
Thanks for the suggestions to date. Any more out there I should look at?

I think the K2s are a non-starter with these flower graphics
Too bad, because my wife loves her K2 One Luv's. Made a big difference in her skiing. Much better parallel turns, and skis much faster than she did on her old pair of Rossi Cut 10.4.
post #17 of 23
K2 does have a really nice line for women
post #18 of 23
I'm thinking of the K2's for my wife too. She's about 5'6" 150 lbs, lower intermediate. Those who've skied the one luvs and the burnin luvs, which would you recommend more? We ski Whistler mtn exclusively. Thx.
post #19 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Little Bear
I would suggest the T-Nine One Luv from K2 in a 160. It has the same footprint as the Burning Luv but doesn't have the metal in it. Which makes the ski more forgiving.

Little Bear
My wife is an intermediate also and adores these ski's. She even loves the graphics
post #20 of 23

Fischer and HEAD suggestions:

Have a look at these models:

HEAD - clean graphics in women's line, no flowers...
Fischer - female-specific ski but neutral graphics.

Based on your requirements, I'd go with either Head Hot Thang or Fischer VI 50

Cool Thang
www.skireview.co.uk

Very cruisey and forgiving, all the benfits of lightness and tuned flex of a ladies specific model. They are agile and feel incredibly easy to turn, like the lightest power steering you've ever felt in a car. A most attractive colour and lovely package for intermediate skiers.

SkiPress
Faster than a shirtless Brad Pitt — the ski’s a hottie. Its temperament is stable at all speeds. It’s sweet and forgiving. Its grip is stronger than Angelina Jolie’s on Mr. Pitt’s heart. And the Cool Thang is easy to sidle up to and initiate a turn, or even a conversation — it’s not all lips and cleavage.

Hot Thang

Ski Magazine
PRO:
Head's Intelligence Technology uses reactive fibers to control torsional resistance in real time. When the fibers sense twisting, a charge of electricity instantly stiffens them, which in turn stiffens the ski torsionally as needed. That allows Head to build women's skis that aren't overly stiff longitudinally without sacrificing edge-hold at high speeds and on rough snow. Testers were convinced, awarding the Hot Thang, a hard-snow specialist, high scores in Stability at Speed and Hard-Snow Grip. More aggressive testers needed a few turns to find the ski's balance point but loved its gluey edge-hold and strong turn finishes. It rewards accomplished carving technique, says Barnes.
CON:
A tad too aggressive for some cruisers.

www.skireviews.co.uk
Modelled around the C260i the all-new hot Thang is a fun and sporty little minx of a ski that combines nimbleness, lightness and versatility. Aimed at good intermediates to advanced skiers looking to ski anywhere on the marked runs. They are narrow enough to handle bumps, shaped enough to carve-up the piste and strong enough to make you feel stable enough whizzing past the guys on your favourite red run. Expert women will not find them a powerful ski so definitely best reserved for those who like skiing fast blues and reds.

SkiPress
Girl, this ski’s gonna make you look good! Head’s Hot Thang is one juicy ride: stable, quick, energetic, great grip. Light underfoot. Whips out snappy short rads and absolutely rips long rads. Every girl should ride a Hot Thang.

FISCHER

Vision 50

Ski Magazine
PRO:
Last season the Vision 50 excelled in this category, and Fischer had the good sense to leave it alone. The ski's winning formula achieved similar success this year, earning high scores for Overall Impression. The Vision 50's sidecut is pure slalom, but its wide tip and tail and lightweight construction give it flotation in powder and crud. A proprietary AirTec core--exclusive to the Vision line--uses exceptionally lightweight and softer flexing materials, which explains the Vision 50's strong scores for Forgiveness. The Railflex Vision System connects a lightweight binding to rails that allow the ski to flex freely. In short, says Harvey, This ski's destined to be a hit.
CON:
Not the choice for high-performance mogul-bashing.

www.realskiers.com
Female-specific version of Race RC and just as exceptional. Great carve, trademark Fischer smooth ride, versatile enough to handle high energy, modern technique input and more relaxed soft-edge drifting.
post #21 of 23
I can't say enough good things about K2 One Love's. I skied 20 years ago in college and just started skiing again a couple of years ago. The One Love's have helped me feel like I remembered what I was doing on skis (which really can't be a bad thing)! And I think one of the ski magazines rated them number 1 last year.
post #22 of 23
I am an intermediate and I ski the 380 Gamma. I like it. I can't speak to the other Volkl models.
post #23 of 23
Resurrecting this, because this is similar to my problem(minus the knee issues, adn the girly graphics won't bother her). There are not a lot of reviews available for intermediate gear.
My wife is a solid intermediate, 5'6", 125 lbs, skis exclusively in the east, doesn't like too steep/ungroomed. She is coming off mildly shaped Dynastar 6L at 170cm. I found a good deal on '05 K2 Tru Luv at 160cm. Think this would be too long for her? Next size down is a 153cm, but no stock.
Also, anyone have any idea about the new '06 Tru Luv; they changed to a 'progressive sidecut'. Hype or functional change? Thanks for any info!
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