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Need a some skis for my wife...

post #1 of 14
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She can ski just about anything but won't. She mostly skis blues and the occassional black run at Copper. She's not very aggressive but is very strong and knows nothing about what she wants. I'm looking for something I can pick up for less than 350 that would be good for her. Any suggestions? She currently on a pair of Rossi Bandit XX's but the shovel is bent badly. She didn't eve notice the bend.
post #2 of 14
You may want to check over at ski diva for longer reviews, but many of us have been happy with the Fischer Vision 70 or 73's. I have the 70's and I'm about the same level as your wife although I ski about 50/50 blue/black runs, but a more expert skier would like the 73's. They are great for either groomed or off-piste and very easy to turn. I know the 70's can be found on ebay for under 275 w/bindings.
post #3 of 14
Consider Head XRC800 or Head Xenon 7.0 (Xenon isn't great on hard pack). If you can find the XRC800s in a demo from last year, or last year's color on a closeout, grab them. Don't go too long...maybe 156cm if she's average size. (I'm 6', 200#, very good skier, and I've skied my wife's XRC800-156, and they hold an edge surprisingly well for me.) Two intermediate women I've put on the XRC800s have come back with big smiles really liking how easy these skis turn.
post #4 of 14
Stats and size are a good place to start.

Also what do you think you want for her?
There is so much to choose from, in the line of midfat/skinny/fat.........

Boy, do I have ideas for you!!!
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Stats and size are a good place to start.

Also what do you think you want for her?
There is so much to choose from, in the line of midfat/skinny/fat.........

Boy, do I have ideas for you!!!
She is 5'11.5" and err ummm about 165-190 (depending on errr ummm)...hope she doesn't read this. :

She is currently on 172's I think...they are at our place up in the moutains os I can't look. I was thinking a midfat in the 80-90ish range and maybe a little shorter than her current skis.
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She is 5'11.5" and err ummm about 165-190 (depending on errr ummm)...hope she doesn't read this. :

She is currently on 172's I think...they are at our place up in the moutains os I can't look. I was thinking a midfat in the 80-90ish range and maybe a little shorter than her current skis.
OH BABY!
Have I got the ski for you!
errrr...........ummmmm...............her!!
Elan Wave Spice in a 160 (126/80/109)


Nordica Olympia Conquer in a 162 (126-84-112)
Sorry I don't have a review on that one but I have to say, It Rocks!!!


These two skis have different properties. The nordica is a little softer, yet still a significant ski. The elan is quite burly.
Both Skis have the ability to go from groomer, to crud, without question.

I'd make sure she tried both of these!!!
post #7 of 14
Here is a review from my co-worker and ski buddy Katie. She is 25 y/o 5-9 150. I'd say she is a solid L-7 ripper on groomers and a bit lower than that off trail. Her personal skis are a Nordie Modified 162 and a Sollie Scarlett 164.


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Katherine says: The Nordica Conquer, even with its new more feminine graphic this year, still lives up to its dominating name. Untouched construction for 08’ this ski still will provide ultimate thrills and chills on the hill. Same laid down, crud busting, edge holding feel as last season. Still 84mms underfoot, the Conquer provides sufficient waist width and shape allowing any expert gal ultimate domination over the entire mountain, hence its name Conquer.

The Conquer is powerful, smooth, and stable so it excels at med to longer sized turns and higher speeds. Well suited for expert gals who are aggressive and really attack the mountain like a soldier in a tank advancing into the battlefield annihilating everything in their path. Without a doubt, the Conquer is a member of the 50/50 category. Due to my size and skiing style, I enjoyed the 162. However for a more petite skier the 154 may work better. The Conquer is fully integrated with the Marker 3-11 Ti XB Adj. which utilizes the “X Balance Effect” which redistributes pressure along the length of the ski aiding in control and maneuverability.



SJ
post #8 of 14
SJ, sorry for the stupid question, but how would Sweet Daddy's work for this situation?
post #9 of 14
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SJ, sorry for the stupid question, but how would Sweet Daddy's work for this situation?
Not a dumb question at all, but it's one that I can't give a great answer to. I skied the Sweet Daddy some time ago but never carried the ski so I only I skied it once and my impression is vague at best. Katie hasn't skied it either.

FWIW: The Daddy series are very light and nimble. They were not as damp or stable as some heavier skis but Atomics don't lack for edge grip as a rule.

SJ
post #10 of 14
My wife is average weight, tallish, fairly aggressive 6/7, has liked Volkls and lately, Fischers. I'd think hard about last year's Kehua. Another approach would be the Dynastar Exclusive Legend Powder, very highly regarded by strong female skiers, and the Rossi B3W, ditto and a bit easier to handle. All three of these can be had for your price range. Yep, I know a lot of folks like the Luv's, but I can't bring myself to endorse K2's because of my dislike of the Recon and Outlaw. Just a personal thing...
post #11 of 14
If she likes the BXX, go with last years B3. You can probably get it for a good price (close to your stated budget), and you don't have take much of a risk.
post #12 of 14
If she skis mostly blues, I'd keep it to around 70 in the waist.

More shapely skis (skinny waist) are more fun on groomers IMHO.
post #13 of 14
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My wife is average weight, tallish, fairly aggressive 6/7, has liked Volkls and lately, Fischers. I'd think hard about last year's Kehua. Another approach would be the Dynastar Exclusive Legend Powder, very highly regarded by strong female skiers, and the Rossi B3W, ditto and a bit easier to handle. All three of these can be had for your price range. Yep, I know a lot of folks like the Luv's, but I can't bring myself to endorse K2's because of my dislike of the Recon and Outlaw. Just a personal thing...
I bought the BL's last year and really loved them until I started demoing the Nordias. The Elan skis that I've had the good fortune to ski on have absolutly ROCKED!

I hate to dog on a ski brand, mostly because I know the 'feel' of a ski is a matter of personal preference, but the day I spent demoing Rossis was a disappointing time. I really wanted to find stuff I liked. Skied on a lot of their stuff, including the B3W, and felt totally uninspired by them. Just a very damp feeling. But hey, that's me.

The nordicas don't have the energy of the volkls, but still have the hold and the performance.
post #14 of 14
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The nordicas don't have the energy of the volkls, but still have the hold and the performance.
That is a very accurate assessment.

SJ
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