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Looking for an expert women's ski. K2 Lotta Luvs?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
I'm an expert skier (Level 9/Level III) and ski almost exclusively at Kirkwood, near Lake Tahoe in California. I'm looking to upgrade my skis to an expert women's ski, hopefully relatively stiff with a waist 75-85ish. I ski nearly completely off-piste, often in a couple feet of powder, but am not looking for an exclusively-powder ski. Many friends have liked the K2 Lotta Luv, but I worry that they are too soft for me. Does anyone here have suggestions?
post #2 of 16
I would think it depends on your weight and level of aggressiveness in your skiing style. Have you been able to try out your friends' skis? It turned out I was able to try a couple of skis one day because the two GUYS I was skiing with had the same boot sole length. We just swapped around as we went down the hill together.
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately I haven't been able to try out my friends' skis because they have longer - I'm very petite. However, I am very agressive in my skiing style - lots of rock jumps and chutes is what I like.
post #4 of 16
I don't think the Lotta Luv is going to be stiff enough for your type of skiing. Why not try the Rossi women's B3? It is a great ski and would work better for mostly off piste. It comes in a 153 length that should be perfect for you. I skied it this year and loved it off groomed.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by anabanana459
waist 75-85ish. I ski nearly completely off-piste, often in a couple feet of powder
Considering were and what you ski, why so narrow? 90mm not even considered a powder ski any more. I got my wife Lotta Luv's this year and she loves them. But she still skis a lot of groomers and the powder is not as deep or as heavy in Colorado.

Sounds to me like you need 1080 Gun's, 8800's or even some Mantra's.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by SKIER/GOLFER
I don't think the Lotta Luv is going to be stiff enough for your type of skiing. Why not try the Rossi women's B3? It is a great ski and would work better for mostly off piste. It comes in a 153 length that should be perfect for you. I skied it this year and loved it off groomed.
I find Rossi's to be much softer (flex) than the K2s.

If you're concerned with a ski being "expert" enough for you -- then demo some and buy the one that suits you!
post #7 of 16
Demo demo demo! You'll know what's right for you when you're on it.
Also consider a mens/unisex ski if you are over 135lbs. I'd say you need a ski wider in the waist for where you ski, but you should try before you buy. Some shops will let you try a bunch and apply the rental cost towards a new pair.
post #8 of 16
I have tested many of the women's expert skis out there and also consult with 2-3 trusted female advisors before buying each season. The consensus on the Lotta seems to vary according to ability level. True expert skiers sometimes seem to be a bit ho-hum on most of the K2's while somewhat less agressive skiers seem to love them to death. FWIW, both of my main consultants (retired L-III's) were more personally impressed with the B3-W than the Lotta. There are also many great unisex skis out there but many may not be available in a short enough size to suit you. The Legend 8000 was offered in a 158 but may be tough to find. I know a couple of women who qualify as rippers that love that ski.

I recently sold a Fischer Vision 76/158 to a woman whom I ran into out of the blue two days later at Sugar Bowl. We skied the rest of the day together mostly on the east face of Disney in flat light, blowing snow, and pockets of mid-thigh interspersed with some wind blown and day before crud clumps. She loved 'em. (She is 5-4, 135#, 39 YO with some teaching background in her past)

SJ
post #9 of 16
I am 5'8 and weigh about 135. I demo'd the Lotta Luvs and the Nordica Olympia Victory's and liked the Nordicas much better. They are heavier and they seemed to go through some of the crud easier than the K2's.I am about a Level 7/8 skier.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by skier31
I am 5'8 and weigh about 135. I demo'd the Lotta Luvs and the Nordica Olympia Victory's and liked the Nordicas much better. They are heavier and they seemed to go through some of the crud easier than the K2's.I am about a Level 7/8 skier.
Very good point. I forgot to mention the Nordicas. One of my co-workers has commented that she likes the Modified better than the Lotta as well. She is 5-9, 155, 25 YO former college athlete. If I had to guess a level for her I'd say L-7. I thought that the Mod might be too much for her but she really likes it.

SJ
post #11 of 16
if youre really that agresive, like to ski that type of terrain, want a ski thats stiff, and depending on your weight a 165 Volkl Explosiv can be found for pretty cheap. Yes it is 95mm wide, but it absolutely rails on groomers. If you just dont want something that wide, maybe try to find an older 16X or 170 Snow Ranger. The snow ranger is particularly badass because of the sheet of metal directly beneath the PTex. Basically impossible to get a core shot, which is nice for rocks as you describe.

For a more conventional modern ski
Dynastar Legend 8000 or 8800.
Head IMWhatever or Mojo 90 (I also think they make a Women Specific ski)


seriously though, Explosiv or Snow Ranger, expecially when you can find them for cheap.
post #12 of 16
Let me see....high level expert...skis Kirkwood...rock jumps & chutes...petite...I don't believe you are real....but if you do exist then

1) how you doin?
2) here's the scoop...

...I think Pechelman has the winner....165 Volkl Explosiv....the yellow CMH version has been on ebay quite cheap in that size...I know a non-expert who is quite petite and LOVES them...

...either way definitely go fatter than you are thinking...you'll end up skiing a fatter ski every day and love it so much you will never go back...trust me ...and less shape is better in Kirkwood's snow...those skinny hyper-shaped things everyone is recommending for an off-piste ripper like you is rediculous...

...what else, let's see...I'm sure there's more but....

166 Head Mojo 90
160/167 K2 Phat Luv (maybe not stiff enough?)
169 K2 Seth Vicious
164/171 Rossignol Scratch BC / Sickbird (same ski)
163 Atomic Sugar Daddy / Teledaddy / 160 Heli Daddy (check ebay for these)
post #13 of 16
and dont forget the snow rangers!
I just bought a pair of 180s with solly 900s for 80$ thats been used one season as a patrol ski. (they were new unmounted the beginning of this season!)

and imo again
the only thing stiff enough on that list above is a Mojo 90, although I have heard wonderful things about SV's, just make sure if you go that route you mount them in the right place. TGR has a lot about this.
post #14 of 16
I am also petite. If you're going to try a 90mm like the explosive, do try the Sugar Daddy too. I just bought a pair after demoing in Utah. Despite what has been said about groomer performance, they did fine everywhere I took them from untracked deep to hard snow at the end of the day, trees bumps. I am too old to do much jumping, so I can't tell you how they perform in the air, but since they are light, it ought to be good. They would be great for chutes because they turn on a dime, even in gunky snow. They are light, which is nice for a petite woman, especially if you have to hike for any turns. (I ski Taos when there's snow, which is a lot of hiking.) They are likely stiffer than the Luvs. They are quick and fun. I liked them much better than the Phat Luvs i tried the following day. Demo demo demo. I was looking for a powder ski, but you might try the sweet daddy. I didn't try it, but others have liked it as a more all rounder.

It really is like choosing art or good food. everyone's taste is different.
post #15 of 16

Volkl aura

Volkl aura is the bomb
post #16 of 16
Why would a woman of your skills limit yourself to a 'womans' ski.it seems only lenghth would be your consideration as far as any limitations you would put on a ski check them all out. do a search in the reviews and get some demo ideas.you got alot to choose from .
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