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post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I know this has been beaten to death but I have to ask. Yes I have been reading and searching (before anyone mentions that) but most of what I have found is for people bigger then me.

A little about me:
130 pounds
5'2" (see why I said everyones bigger then me)
High end advanced skiier
Now it really depends on where I'm out if I'm on or off piste. If I'm at my local area it's about 70% on 30% off (i'm here at least once a week), Big Sky 60% on 40% off, Big Mountain 20% on 80% off. I visit these area's 1-2x's a month. Oh and I don't do bumps unless I have to, so that's not a factor for me.

I am currently on 158 K2 Freedom's (about 6 season's old now).

I'm looking for an all-mountain ski. I've heard soo much about some of the ski's that I have looked at. Just want ya'll opinions and suggestions. I have demo'd K2's Lotta Luv and Burnin Luv and liked both but just want to see what else is out there.

I am open to any suggestions ya'll have to offer. And if you need more info feel free to ask.

Thanks everyone!
post #2 of 14
I'd check out the Atomic Metron line..its a very nice ski..and i'm almost positive they have a ski made specifically for women in the Metron line.
Might be worth checking out.
post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
JM3K3..

Thanks I'll check it out.

I'm not tied into a women's specific ski, more like one that will fit my needs the best. (guess I should of added that huh)
post #4 of 14

Try Realskiers.com

I would highly recommend subscribing to realskiers.com for $20 and following their advice for ski testing. I used their data and testing advice to narrow a list of skis I wanted to test down to seven and then selected a pair from there. I chose Atomic B5 Metrons over several others because of their hardcore edge grip on hardpack and the 11m sidecut. Having said that, I wouldn't necessarily recommend a Metron for you. I don't think you should buy a ski without testing several models.

Also, I would recommend a womens specific ski, especially with your size. And, I would probably recommend a ski shorter than 158.

OKD
post #5 of 14
I would second the recommendation for Realskiers.com. Much more reliable than the ski mags, especially because they are not infleuenced by advertising dollars, and their testers are typically more mainstream skiers instead of ex-racers and professional skiers that are on the payroll of the very ski companies they are reporting about.
As far as ski recommendations, that's a crapshoot. K2 and Head have been at the forefront of developing women's specific models over the last few seasons, Atomic makes a few models that have scored well with the ladies, Nordica and Fischer have also jumped into the womens market. I bought my wife a pair of the Head womens skis, and she absolutely loves them, but that doesn't mean you will. Check the reviews, narrow it down to a few models that sound like what you might be interested in, and demo them when the snow flies. All these companies have demo days early in the season for just that reason. There must be one in your area. Good luck.
post #6 of 14
Third rec for Realskiers.com

Head, Nordica, Atomic, K2 and Fischer all have some pretty decent offerings. I wouldn't discount the unisex skis either.
post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by mpmommy View Post
I have demo'd K2's Lotta Luv and Burnin Luv and liked both but just want to see what else is out there.
You may want to consider the K2 One Luv as well. It is the same as the Burnin Luv without the metal sheet.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by cjb View Post
You may want to consider the K2 One Luv as well. It is the same as the Burnin Luv without the metal sheet.
My wife found the One Luv to be not enough ski for her, and she is about a level 4-5 skier. Both my wife (5'5" 135 lbs) and my 16 year old daughter (5'1" 105 lbs, level 7) ended up buying the Burnin' Luvs. My wife skis 80/20 on/off piste, and my daughter skis 50/50 on/off.

Bob
post #9 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the info!
I will consider the realskier option, but I much prefer to hear from people that are actually on the ski and not paid to review it. I find I get more honest answers this way. That's why I posed this question here, to hear from everyday people who share the same love for skiing as I do.

My biggest problem so far with the K2 T-Nine series (with the exception of one ski) is they have too much flex for my liking. I am an agressive skier and need a somewhat stifer ski.

I grew up racing on Big Mountain, and still love the "speed" when I can do it safely. But much prefer powder these days, when I get into it.

My ex-hubby is on the Volkl AC3 (last years) and he loves it and told me that he thought I would like it as well (as well as the rep, whom we are friends with), any thoughts on this ski? I've also heard (outside of here) about the Metron series, but would like more reviews on it. I most likely won't buy until after the season starts so I can demo some of these ski's first. But would like imput from ya'll first.

Thanks again!
post #10 of 14
Welcome to EpicSki mpmommy!

My stats are very similar to yours.
I am not familiar with the K2 freedom you are currently on.

I have recently bought the K2 Burnin Luv, based on a reveiw by our own WTFH. Until then I'd never owned a women's ski
My primary ski last year was the Metron B5. Love it!
I will likely still ski on my metron this coming season as well.
If I were looking for something in that line this year, I'd look at the M11B5. I understand it is the best of both worlds.
Another new 07 ski:
In a volkl, I understand the AC3 Attiva is a great addition to the womens' line.

There are some awesome options out there for a woman who wants the most out of a ski.
I'll re read, and get back with some more stuff.
In the mean time, you may want to read the Chicks with Quivers thread. You'll find that the Lady Bears are Awesome!
FYI my stats: 5'6" 130lbs
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by JM3K3 View Post
I'd check out the Atomic Metron line..its a very nice ski..and i'm almost positive they have a ski made specifically for women in the Metron line.
Might be worth checking out.
The Women's specific Metron is the Balanze 11.
It is like their unisex M9(Phil will correct me if I'm wrong)

As bbinder suggests, I wouldn't recomend the one luv if you're an aggressive skier. If you are thinking the K2 Luv line, I'd go with the burnin luv, phat luv or lotta luv.
post #12 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks Trekchick!
I will read that thread in full now.
I've been looking at the Metron as one of my choices. Just wanted to get some peoples views on it. My biggest problem is that I ski with a bunch of snowboarders, very few of my friends are on ski's anymore. So I really can't ask them what they like.

The K2 Freedom was replaced by K2 Escape. I truely love these skis but am looking for something a little more all-mountain then these. They are great on groomers, ice, shallow powder, but find them lacking when I head to Big Mountain and some runs at Big Sky. (I'm at either of these at least once a month). Also they are 168's not 158's like I stated before.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by mpmommy View Post

The K2 Freedom was replaced by K2 Escape. I truely love these skis but am looking for something a little more all-mountain then these. They are great on groomers, ice, shallow powder, but find them lacking when I head to Big Mountain and some runs at Big Sky. (I'm at either of these at least once a month). Also they are 168's not 158's like I stated before.
If you're looking for something to compliment the K2 Escape,you'll be looking for something wider under foot

Here is the Metron M11B5.
http://www.skipass.com/guide-matos/s...tron-11B5.html
and the Balanze 11
even smaller under foot than the M11B5
http://www.skipass.com/guide-matos/s...omic/B11M.html


And then there is the K2 womens line as you have suggested you're looking at them.
Burnin luv
http://www.skipass.com/guide-matos/s...urnin-Luv.html
Lotta luv
http://www.skipass.com/guide-matos/s...Lotta-Luv.html

of these, I'd like to see you get the lotta luvs, so you can tell me about them
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Thanks!

Oh decisions decisions! lol
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