Originally Posted by tromano
Madeline had a big improvement in her comfort level and confidence on her 164 im88s the end of last season. It seemed to be versatile enough to cover every day in the SW PA areas. Her other favorite from demoing was a 164 Metron 11 B5.
I still think the big problem with womens skis is lenght. The lengths on womens skis are just too short, especially with the forward mount points. Madeline is pretty small at 5'1" and skis with a rather nonagressive manner. She was able to ski the 175 im88 just fine, but she did have to use more speed than she likes. The point being that a taller woman who was even more aggressive, would prosper on the 175 length. But if you go into a ski shop to demo the first thing she would get handed to her was a 150cm ski. Where we were at down in 7Springs they don't even hardly have womens skis available to demo in lengths of 165cm.
This may have been the case in the past, but the women's skis have really stepped up.
I ski longer than most women, (170 ish)can and DO ski on my husband's skis occasionally and I have no problem finding women skis in lengths I like.
I was told by the Elan Rep that The Elan Wave spice skis long and I should go down a size and he was absolutely correct.
Another ski, I may choose to go to a 170-175.
They are out there if you open your mind!
And they are getting more awesome for the advanced/expert female skier!!
I'm glad I took a second look.