Originally Posted by Captain_Strato
The point of post is the same as yours.
Are you trying to find an argument?
If you prefer a man's ski, bully for you. Some woman, depending upon their upper body strength, build, etc. do. But, you're the minority.
What percentage of skis sold to woman today, in the average ski shop, are men's skis? 2%?
The point is, female skis are designed for the AVERAGE woman, which most woman appreciate.
"Shrink and Pink" as you aptly put it, was the only option 5 years ago - a trivialization of woman's needs, with disragard for differences in anatomy.
What is it you're offended about?
I am not looking for an argument, and my quiver consists of some significant womens skis, but your comment about the women's skis is a disservice to that line.
Womens skis are no longer the trimmed down version of mens skis, but instead are being built from the bottom up, and the mounting points are not necessarily a forward mount, but optional mounting positions are available.
Nordica is the best example of this, and Volkl is coming along.
The industry has figured out that we women are all balanced differently, and a forward mount is not necessarily good for ALL women. They also found out that we all don't like frills and flowers, but above all, the figured out that we are savy shoppers, so we'd buy the mens version of a ski from two years ago cheaper if the new womans ski was just a "shrink it and pink it" version of said ski.
So, when the OP goes shopping for a ski for his wife, I don't want him to go thinking that she will automatically be happy with a forward mount and flowers, when in fact she should demo skis, and SHE will know when she gets on a ski that is right for her, and when she demo's she should discuss optional mounting points if she "sort of" likes a ski but may need the position altered a bit.
You don't have to be built like a man to like a unisex ski. Trust me, no one has ever mistaken me for a man.
|Evidence? Go test skis. Try women's models. Notice the ones you think are pretty good tend to be the ones strong female skiers think are pretty good. Sexual dimorphism doesn't drive ski design, and shouldn't...but it sure does drive the marketing.
This statement is very true, with one side note:
This doesn't mean that the ski liked by both men and women, is burly. It means its a technically sound ski.
So as not to hijack this thread any more, we can/should carry this discussion elsewhere.