Originally Posted by CC
In my opinion, tipping a person forward by increasing ramp angles, forward lean, and making softer flexing boots in women's versions isn't going to get them into an aggressive skiing position. To me, those are fake answers to the real problem:
The person must develop enough power, strength, and aggression in their skiing style and use the equipment to their advantage, tipping a person forward is unnatural; it's using a person's upper body weight tipped forward to try to make them flex a boot instead of flexing from the lower body below the knee, which I think comes from strength.
It would help if they put a weight limit on the boots - I think some of the manufactures believe that most women skiiers are 5'6" and 120lbs, which would justify the super soft skis and boots. They are on the right track with adjusting the shapes of boots and skis to better conform to a women's body, but they do tend to leave out the heavier and more agressive skiiers. I will be the first to agree, that they need a selection of stiffer women's boots and in smaller sizes.
Don't know about the ramp angle - a slight angle makes sense to me, since a women's weight is carried in her hips instead of her upperbody like a guy. So we are required to put more effort into getting our wieght over the tips. I moved my bindings forward on my unisex skis and WOW what a difference it made. I quit being told to get over my tips, and I don't have any ramp angle on my skis. I would think that would be better left as a custom option to be determined by a bootfitter on a case by case basis.
I'm guessing, that over the next 5-10 years, we will continue to see improvement in the women's lines as more of us speak up.