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post #1 of 9
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Hi All,
Been a lurker for a while and have enjoyed the posts. I am looking for ski ideas for my wife to try and we are looking for an all-mtn ski. She is 5-5 135 lbs and very athletic. We primarily ski in the East and bumps and whatever POW we get whether blue or white are on the itinerary.
Are female specific skis that different or are they just more flexible so that a less aggressive/powerful skiier will be better matched? Is it a marketing myth or real? Would the optimal length change if you were going from the "regular" to a women's version of the same ski?
I am on the Mod X Pro and am pretty psyched, but am afraid that will be too stiff. Currently, we are thinking
Atomic 9.18 (L?)
Bandit X (L?)
Mod 7/8
Any suggestions/advice will be most appreciated.
post #2 of 9
I could be wrong here, but I believe part of the difference is to do with centre of gravity - the female CoG is lower and further forward than the male, this affects a variety of things including stance. Hence the bindings for a womens ski should be mounted in a different position to the mens. If you then include weight, height and muscle, and leg bone length (I think Lisamarie could probably give you the facts and figures) then there is a difference.
Rather than the Mod 7/8 you should take a look at the K2 T:Nine X or the new T:Nine Spire. I think they might be more suitable.

Apologies if I come across as a sexist misogynist dinosaur, a relic of the Cold War, but that's what happens when the world is not enough
post #3 of 9
CG lower and to the rear (not forward) I believe. This is the reason so many boot fitters think heel lifts are called for in women. (should always be evaluated and not assumed)


Welcome aboard. Glad you finally decided to hop out of the shadows.

Since I have never skied the east I'll leave the recommendations to the rest of the bears in that area.
post #4 of 9
Sorry about that.
What I know about the female anatomy could be witten in a very small book entitled: "What Stewart knows about female anatomy", and the title would be longer than the book!
It's a bit like a car. I know the basic shape, design and location of important bits, but not the detailed internals.
post #5 of 9
The skis for women are generally only softer and have a suggested mounting line further forward than the men's (or the regular) version. It has only been in the last few years that ski companies have started building skis for the women, but they are mostly altered versions of the male's models.

As noted before, the center of mass of women is rearward and lower than the males. The mounting of the binding forward on the ski will allow the female skier to have that mass in the 'sweet spot'.

Heel lifts are not for moving mass points, but for boot fitting. Again, generalizing, women's calves (not the moo kind, but the gastrocnemius (sp?) muscles) are lower and of larger diameter than males'. Boot manufacturers have started building women's boots with lower and or larger diameter
cuffs. The heel lifts are to raise the calf above the cuff rim, to relieve excess pressure.

<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ December 04, 2001 08:10 AM: Message edited 1 time, by BetaRacer ]</font>
post #6 of 9
Hmmmm, (harp music, please)In the beginning.. there was 10cm shorter, then there was pink, then binding mipoind mounted forword. Here is what I learned in all of my clinics..It is not just that the bindings are mounted forword and the ski is softened but HOW it is done. In general Women have a lower center of gravity (C.G.), thus moving the binding up. Second it is not just softening the ski up but how and where. As you know the shovel initiates the turn so if you soften behind the shovel (the 2nd 1/4 of the ski) from the shovel to the toe piece the ski will initiate better with the lower C.G.. Is wider better? As you see all of the mib-fat shapes out there, I would have to think so. (not all manufacturers do this, now) As far as alll models being available in both, I do not see how it would be financially feasable. Now, throwing in that we have the "girlfriend situation" in place here. what I do with my wife of 17 years, make some preliminary choices then let her get on them and make the final decision.
post #7 of 9
My wife had the opportunity to take a Jeannie Thoren clinic a couple of years ago and was able to test out alot of the infomation mentioned above. There is a difference in the way a woman skis. My wife now skis with 2 lifts in her boots. She didn't notice any difference when the binding was positoned forward. The clinic offered the opportunity to try Thoren's theroies and my wife did notice a difference with her skiing.
post #8 of 9
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by yoyo:
I am looking for ski ideas for my wife to try and we are looking for an all-mtn ski. She is 5-5 135 lbs and very athletic. We primarily ski in the East and bumps and whatever POW we get whether blue or white are on the itinerary<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I suggest you add the Salomon Pilot Crossmax 8 to the demo list. My girlfriend ran through a lengthy list of skis. It was the Goldielocks thing. This guy ski's too stiff. This girl ski's too soft.
post #9 of 9
Hi Yoyo, and welcome to a fellow Bostonian! I ski on Volkl Carver XScapes. They don't make that particular ski any more, but most of the women I know really like Volkls. Check out Bob Smiths on Commonwealth Ave. They are probably some of the most knowledgeable shops in the area.
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