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Need help with equipement for my gf

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
So I wanna make my gf a present and Get her Ski's boots, clothing, well everything u need. The problem is I have no clue whatsoever what even to look at. She's 5'7, weighs around 140 i think, don't really wanna ask her how much she weighs exactly, she might take it the wrong way She's a begginer, but I don't wanna buy her something that we will have to upgrade in a year or two. I'm looking for something that will last her couple of years and it's good quality, even at intermediate lvl. Money is not really a big issue but let's not get crazy and bring some astronomical prices in mind

Also what line of clothing should I look for for a woman and what kind of specs ?
I don't remember if I get the right name but we were in a shop once and she saw a great outfit, she wouldn't even think twice if I offered to buy it for her, it was called Spyder or something like that, remember it was pricey too.


I'm sure there's tons of topics like those, and I might get hated for starting another one but I hope u can help us.
post #2 of 15
Give a little info regarding where you live and will ski, how many times and what level she skis at .... beginner can be a wide range. How many times will you ski in a season?
post #3 of 15
it sounds likeyou want to do this smart and not shortcut and invest your $$ properly. Before skis, invest in boots. I am not sure if you are east or west, but please reply with that info. Bring her to a good ski shop, not a "box" store, not an REI, not a sporting goods store, but an honest to goodness ski shop. Spend time with a boot fitter for her, while she is getting her boots fitted properly, you can pamper her with showing her jackets/clothing that she might like and talk about skis.

Plan on spending a couple of hours and bring your plastic.
post #4 of 15
Thread Starter 
We'r in Toronto,Canada
She's a begginer, just went skiing few times this year. But I do not want stricly begginer ski's for her as I mentioned something that will b good for intermediate lvl as well.
No extreme jump or anything like it, just park and backcountry skiing.
I'm sure we will hit the slopes very often, as we have hills very close to us and we like to get out of the house as often as we can.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
anyone ?
post #6 of 15
Heehee....everyone's disappeared? I agree - boots first. They can make or break her ski seasons. I don't know about the shops in TO though, can't recommmend anything. If you have a SnowCovers there I'd go talk to them, they have great boot fitters here and a great warranty/agreement that come w/ their boots and custom work.

For outerwear: Spyder is VERY nice gear, but very expensive, you could also look at Helly Hanson, Sierra Designs (if you can find any), Patagonia....if she's a female who gets cold easily (like me) maybe look at something that has some light insulation to it as opposed to just a shell jacket, same w/ the pants. Disadvantage is that at some point you can't take off any more layers to cool down. But I prefer the warmth duringthe storms. There's a nice little topic on favourite outerwear gear on the forum right now that you could look at....but i'd look for Helly Hanson if I were you (my bias) - reasonably priced high end product, very hardy, very waterproof if you get the right stuff.

Skis? - The women's K2 line is really nice, smooth, damp, confidence inspiring. I'd get something just a little above her so she'll grow into it, but nothing too serious or she won't have fun and won't want to keep doing this. Maybe the K2 True Luv or One Luv....in the same sort of price range (little bit more) is the Volkl Attiva AC2 - I've heard some really nice things about these skis and everyone in lift lines seems to adore them, no matter what their ski level....good edge grip which may be nice back east. Serious money to spend on a beginner though.

Little cheaper would be the Elan Black Perla and Silver Perla, ....recreational women's specific - not too agressive, but might build her confidence and love of the sport. The Head Fine Thang might be something else to look for.

It all depends on her general fitness level and athleticism too. If she's a generally athletic individual who charges hard, you can put her on a more aggressive ski and she'll be able to handle it and enjoy it, even if it's initially a bit much for her. If she's not into year-round athletics, or is a little more tentative, or has a light touch, other skis will be better for her - this is where the women's specific stuff seems to excel. I'm a fan of the good women's specific gear just because it's there and some of it is really nice - might as well get it....some of it's terrible though. In the unisex stuff I'd still look at some of the Elan gear, and maybe some Fischer stuff....RX6 maybe?

You're shelling out some big bucks here though - you may want to go big on boots and outerwear and maybe find some nice second hand stuff that you don't care if she grows out of. I know, cheesy for a gift, but I'm sure w/ all the new stuff that she'll be getting she won't care if the skis are "loved".

Good luck.
Mog

Hope someone's able to help w/ boot fitter recommendations....
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
Wow, thank you for your reply
Yeah, she's very confident and very charging, she can kick my ass with a frying pan if she wants

I'll go and look at the ski's that u recommended.
What about Salomon women's line, is it any good ?
post #8 of 15
I agree with Mog_a_rama on the skis. K2s and Volkls have a very good woman's ski line (the most popluar in my area). Stay in the middle of the range, check out the manufacture websites to get a better idea of what's available and what the ski actually does. Look for deals on last years models on e-bay.

Now just a hint from another female - DON'T buy her clothes with out her opinion and without her trying them on. BIG MISTAKE!!!!!!

The same goes for the boots, but for 100 times more important reasons. A poor fitting boot that hurts will make her never want to ski again. Boots are NOT picked because they look cool, they are picked by the individuals foot. Take her to a bootfitter, get her custom fit so she gets a boot that will be the correct size and won't hurt. I had fun knowing they were tailoring the boot and footbed so it would only fit me, not to mention all the attention. Girls know that a custom fit is something very special.

Spyder has very well make stuff and they are extremely proud of it too (very pricey). What to look for? Does it fit!!! Can she layer a baselayer, turtle neck & a sweater or fleece shell underneath. I like the feel of the Nils and Metropolis stuff, don't own any (can't afford it). The Nils actually has many different styles and price levels. Where do you ski? What are the weather conditions? Here in So Cal, you don't want a down jacket, but something you can layer or unlayer down to almost a windbreaker.

I recently got a pair of goggles, where you can switch the lenses out for the different visability conditions - this was awsome. Spy makes some nice goggles.

Helmets are again another very personal fit issue. Each different one fits a little different. Salomon has the really cool furry earflaps and they come in "girly" colors. I had to get the K2 because it fit better. Giro has all the earpad gadgets that are easy to find (the others have them, but are harder to find).

I realise you are trying to surprise her, but in this case, getting it right is way more important than a surprise. Most girls I know like to shop for themselves, so the shopping trip alone should be fun.

Again I would say check out the manufacture websites on women specific equipment - you might go into information overload, but you will get a better idea what you are looking at.
post #9 of 15
Thread Starter 
I'm already on information overload So many manufacturers
The only thing I will get her without her knowledge will b Ski's, as long as I get them in blue she will love em
The boots and outwear will b a suprise trip, so she can pick whatever she wants. I just wanted to browse first what's good out there.

Oh and do u know what size os Ski's for 5'7-5'8 woman ?
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by ToyoXrsPl View Post
I'm already on information overload So many manufacturers
The only thing I will get her without her knowledge will b Ski's, as long as I get them in blue she will love em
The boots and outwear will b a suprise trip, so she can pick whatever she wants. I just wanted to browse first what's good out there.

Oh and do u know what size os Ski's for 5'7-5'8 woman ?
No - she will NOT pick out her own boots!
That's not how it works - that's just a recipe for disaster (unless she happens to be a professional bootfitter).

The pro bootfitter you see will assess her footshape, etc and tell you which boots will be best. Then she'll get footbeds, and have the boots fitted (prob 1-2 hours, depending).

When she skis she'll really thank you...and every day she skis she'll thank you more. And you'll see her ski better than she ever has, and you'll know it was because you did the right thing (saw a recommended professional bootfitter).
post #11 of 15
find a good boot fitter and leave he alone with them for 1-2 hours and your visa. Go for a beer and come back.
Let the boot fitter do their job, Will be for the best for both you and her..
post #12 of 15
Corbetts in Oakville supposedly has a good boot fitter, but that’s only hereseay, I’ve never used them for that. If you want a bit of a drive (but they actually have some skiing open! Ellicottville in NY (1.5 hours away) has Dekdebrun’s which is a fantastic ski shop with again supposedly a good boot fitter.

I’m in the same boat, trying to get the GF to get some equipment. She used 156 Head monster 72’s or 77's (can't remember) at Fernie last year and quite liked them (intermediate, 5’3” and 130lbs, runs 3-4 marathons a year, likes medium radius type turns. )
post #13 of 15

Good bootfitter

Call Sign of the Skier on Yonge Street in Toronto and ask for Norm. He worked at Oscar's for years and moved to SOTS when Oscar retired. There is no one better. We drive 110 kms to use him.
post #14 of 15
What a lucky girlfriend! :

Honestly, I wouldn't buy her ANYTHING without her seeing it, trying it on, etc. That INCLUDES buying her skis. The ladies here have given good advice on the skis to consider, and you might want to do some research so you feel more knowledgable, but in my opinion, EVERYTHING related to skiing is so personal, she should get a say in what she ends up getting. It can still be a surprise, even if you don't give her anything up front. I suggest you say to her, "Honey, I want to take you on a surprise shopping spree." If you want to keep it a surprise till the last minute, don't tell her where you are going, just have her get in the car and take her there.

It sounds like snowfanatic gave you the perfect suggestion for a bootfitter near you. If the bootfitter's as great as he sounds, the shop most likely will be great too and employees will be able to help her find exactly what she needs for not just boots, but also skis, clothing, etc.

Definitely plan on this shopping trip to take several hours, and then go out to a late lunch (or dinner) to make a day of it.

Thatsagirl
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by Thatsagirl View Post
What a lucky girlfriend! :

Honestly, I wouldn't buy her ANYTHING without her seeing it, trying it on, etc. That INCLUDES buying her skis. The ladies here have given good advice on the skis to consider, and you might want to do some research so you feel more knowledgable, but in my opinion, EVERYTHING related to skiing is so personal, she should get a say in what she ends up getting. It can still be a surprise, even if you don't give her anything up front. I suggest you say to her, "Honey, I want to take you on a surprise shopping spree." If you want to keep it a surprise till the last minute, don't tell her where you are going, just have her get in the car and take her there.

It sounds like snowfanatic gave you the perfect suggestion for a bootfitter near you. If the bootfitter's as great as he sounds, the shop most likely will be great too and employees will be able to help her find exactly what she needs for not just boots, but also skis, clothing, etc.

Definitely plan on this shopping trip to take several hours, and then go out to a late lunch (or dinner) to make a day of it.

Thatsagirl
Yes, yes, and yes!

Once she has boots that fit and clothes that will keep her warm and dry, take her to an on-mountain demo center and let her try tons of skis. Buy her the pair that has her grinning ear-to-ear from top to bottom!
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