Originally Posted by treckchick
I'm opening myself up to a flaming but........
I think a woman who has a quiver is a woman who is an aggressive skier. Up until recently the women specific skis tended to be softer and more forgiving, and thus not an adequate ski for an aggressive female skier.
I think the market for the women specific skis is changing to cover the woman who wants a more substantial ski, and that is a good thing. Where as, in the past their primary target was the woman who was a bit more of a casual skier. Someone who's husband bought her skis to try and encourage her to ski with the family.
In my house, we have 14 sets of skis. My husband skis on mine once in a while, and I ski on some of his once in a while. IF I were to get something like say.....the Phat Luvs, not so much of a versitile family ski huh?
And as for resale, you get a woman ski, you will only be able to sell it to another woman.
My entire quiver could be sold to a woman or a man. Better resale value!
Is the industry wasting their time? I don't think so, but I do think they need to make it more obvious that I need to give a woman specific ski another try. Now that you mention it, maybe I will demo a few.
While I was thinking about this it occurred to me that there are women specific skis/brands out there that might not be labeled as such. What comes to mind is the following: Look at how many women are skiing on Volkl, Elan, Dynastar, Rossignol, and Salomon race skis. In women's lengths, those skis in my opinion are "women's skis." Also, those same companies, with the execption of Volkl's retail skis, are known to build skis that flex on the softer end of the spectrum, and usually have a more forward mounting point (female friendly) than the Atomics, Nordicas, Fischers, and Blizzards out there (Although we should give Atomic props for the entire women specific race line).
So, is it logical to assume that women will ski on the brand of skis that suits them best regardless of whether it is a women specific model or not? A woman might choose to ski on a 155cm Volkl Race Tiger because they are known for their softer flex and supple nature while still providing high end performance? It would also seem logical - based on trekchicks observations - that when shopping a woman should find the brand that suits her the best (as most men do once they are familiar with a brand) and then choose the model that she prefers - irregardless of whether it is a women specific model or not. It is like that a uni-sex ski with "female ski qualities" will be just as good or better than an equivalent women's model ski from a manufacturer that might not be such a great fit to a woman's skiing style and body build.