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Need opinion on some Women's skis..

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
My girlfriend is in the market for some new skis, so we hopped on over to our local ski shop and checked out some skis and prices... We can get the following skis for the following prices....

Roxy Pop Art - $500
Rossignol Passion III - $400
K2 True Luv - $500
Salomon Streetracer (Looks like the 8 ITF, but with a more agressive sidecut and wider tail) - $400
Roxy Chevron - $400

She is 5'3", about 125lb. She skis skidded parallel mostly, and wants to make the transition into carving. Currently, she is riding on a set of Atomic Mega Carv X 4.20 (circa 1999 or 2000) in a 160. She recently hopped onto her little sister's skis and fell in love. They are Head C105 in a 142cm. You could instantly see that she was getting up on her edges more and she had a huge smile on her face. I looked everywhere for those skis but couldn't find them... even on eBay. So, here we are today.... Her dad is gonig to buy a set for her, but we aren't sure exactly what his budget is yet... He may only go for $400, but he may spend up to $500... If he will only spend $400, my girlfriend and I could probably put some money in if the skis for $500 are far superior...

So, what ski would you recommend for her for $400 and which for $500? Which is the best deal there (all prices are ski + binding + mounting)?
post #2 of 19
Thread Starter 
Oh, and what sive would you recommend?

She thinks the 160 is too much for her, and felt great on the 142, so I was thinking around a 150cm... is that about right?


Oh, also... we ski East... Canaan Valley usually (where we work), Timberline and Wisp on occasion.
post #3 of 19

Demo, Demo, Demo!

See if your shop or local ski area offers demos and treat her to a demo day then buy the ski that puts the biggest smile on her face. Only she can tell which ski will best fit her abilities, aspirations, and style.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
That's a no go... all resorts around here have Demo days mid-week (go figure) and we are in a small town so there are no shop demos... It's all looking at reviews, getting opinions, and making the most educated decision.
post #5 of 19
Of those skis listed, I'm familiar with the true luv, and can say she will like it but will outski it within a season or two. The Rossi PassionIII is uninspiring. I demoed it and wouldn't recommend anything in the rossi line for women.

The best bet for the money is a one luv, but I don't see that on your short list.

The others, Roxy's in particular, I see on the hill a lot but have no experience with. She may really like those.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by hydrogen_wv View Post
That's a no go... all resorts around here have Demo days mid-week (go figure) and we are in a small town so there are no shop demos... It's all looking at reviews, getting opinions, and making the most educated decision.
I know 7Springs has onhill demos at Willis. That is only about 2 hours from Cannan Valley. If you fear crossing the mason-dixon line I am almost certain that snowshoe does too.
post #7 of 19
Thread Starter 
the One Luv is a little out of our budget ($600), I think the Pop Art is a Dynastar ski, not sure which one though... Can you recommend a Blizzard or Volkl ski that'd work for her... The shop does sell Volkl.
post #8 of 19
Did you check with the on-hill shops? They will usually have a demo fleet.

I'm guessing the Volkls will also be out of your price range, but the Attiva AC2 is a very nice ski. You may also want to check out the Nordica Olympia series. They have gotten good reviews from both Bears and Divas. Check them out here: http://www.nordica.com/ski/scheda.php?s=8&target=520
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by hydrogen_wv View Post
That's a no go... all resorts around here have Demo days mid-week (go figure) and we are in a small town so there are no shop demos... It's all looking at reviews, getting opinions, and making the most educated decision.
Check out the Mountain Adventure Center (MAC) at Snowshoe and see if they still have something called the, "Demo Platter". It was like $55 for the day and you could demo as many ski's as you wanted in any size available.

Oh, and 5'3, yea a 160 is way big. My wife is 5'7 and she ski's a 150.
post #10 of 19
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I have 3 choices of where to buy skis... eBay, Ski Barn, and Pathfinder. As far as Demos go, Pathfinder doesn't demo (i'd prefer to buy from there... they've helped me out quite a few times) and the Ski Barn only has these K2 Demo skis that look like yellow and orange K2 Fours (in the fact that they are only about 1.5cm thick and are flimsy novice skis). We don't have fancy on-hill shops where we ski.
post #11 of 19
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Snowshoe is quite a drive (3-4 hours), but if they have modern equipment to demo it might be worth it... That is... if they have the same equipment that Pathfinder has...

Do you know if they sell Demo equipment at a discount price... As long as it's in good shape, she wouldn't mind used equipment.
post #12 of 19
Most places will sell their demo fleet at the end of the year - usually at 1/2 of retail.

Oh, and a 3-4 hour drive is well worth it for an all day demo....it's way cheaper than a $400 ski that she'll out grow in a season. Also, make sure whe doesn't just get on one demo ski and stay on that all day. She'll need to demo lots of skis!!!
post #13 of 19
Ok. I for one won't yell at you to have her Demo. I know living in the NE how hard it is to find any place to demo women's skis.

I'm 5'3.5" and 120-125. I bought myself a pair of K2 Tru Luv's last year which I absolutely love. I ski 153's and might go up to as much as 156cm, but I think much longer than that would mess with me. I have strong legs (I grew up a dancer and you never really lose that tone) and didn't find that these skis were holding me back. Obviously in a few years maybe, but I doubt it. I'd put myself as a decent level 7 skier.

Of the choices you've listed there I'd go for the True Luvs, but would suggest you look around. You should be able to get them for $400 including the IBC system if you're willing to buy last year's model. $500 for this years model is probably a good deal. I also think 153 in length would probably be good for her. the next size down is 146 which is gonna be short.

Just my 2 cents worth since I'm a similar skier (in physical attributes, skiing ability, and skiing location)
post #14 of 19
Have her demo the Volkl AC2 and AC to see which she likes better.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by hydrogen_wv View Post
Snowshoe is quite a drive (3-4 hours), but if they have modern equipment to demo it might be worth it... That is... if they have the same equipment that Pathfinder has...

Do you know if they sell Demo equipment at a discount price... As long as it's in good shape, she wouldn't mind used equipment.
In my opinion don't buy demo equipment, at least not at Snowshoe. I have seen some people come into our shop with demos they got talked into buying up there and our prices new were cheaper! Just beacuse it's used, doesn't automatically make it a deal. Ebay will even be cheaper. The demo is to figure out what you want and the size you want. The MAC at SS is right at the top of the Ballhooter lift, and you can practically ski into the shop. My wife easily able to demo 5 ski's (some twice) and differnt lengths in onbe day. Check it out.
post #16 of 19
She might like these, or look around the site:

http://levelninesports.com/head-2006...3cm-p-202.html
post #17 of 19
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the opinions and suggestions. She may end up waiting until over the summer to buy some skis.. possibly buy them new in plastic on eBay.. or in very good condition at least.... Shopping over the summer will give us plenty of time to scope out a really good deal anyway.

btw, persee, K2 True Luv was my first recommendation to her. I learned to ski on crappy rental gear and boots that were 2 sizs too big, and when I bought my K2 Escape 5500s and my Rossi Free X boots, I moved from slipping parallel to carving in just a matter of hours, and I still haven't "outgrown" the Escapes... I'm a huge fan of K2 and the IBC is wonderful.
post #18 of 19
Thread Starter 
We found a good deal on eBay on some Atomic Metron m:10 puls-ti from 2004/2005 for her. They may be a little over her head right now, but she will grow into them. They are 150cm, which is probably why they were so cheap. I hope I didn't get her in too far over her head..... ideas?

Oh, we didn't go with Women's skis because they are more expensive and she has some meat on her bones..
post #19 of 19
if you don't ski them yourself, how will you know what suits you best?

buy shoes without trying them on?
buy a car without a test drive?

regardless of ski skills ... she should be able to buy skis that she can get at least three seasons out of. if she's a L6/L7 skier her improvements will likely be incremental instead of the major leaps and bounds we see at the lower levels.

it sounds to me like this is an important decision and that $400 or 500 is enough money for you to take a lot of time to consider the decision. you'll not regret going the extra mile for this purchase.

good luck
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