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New equipment for GF

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My girlfriend is looking to take up skiing this season. She went twice last season on very old equipment. We are looking at getting new gear for her, and would love if someone could point us in the right direction for some decent equipment that will suit her, and that will be fairly cheap. (Any websites, specific skis or bindings, etc.)

My GF is 165cm, 75kg, and obviously a beginner skier.

Her biggest problem to date has been finding a comfortable pair of ski boots. Now, I know comfort is a relative thing in ski boots, but all the ones we have tried have caused a great deal of discomfort. Any ideas?

Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 8
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Zip, zilch, nada?
post #3 of 8
Oooof, sorry. I guess I missed this thread.
Not to sound too "cliche'" but she is best off getting a good pair of boots and demoing.
There are several great skis for beginner/intermediate skiers, with many great opportunities for women in general.

Do you know if she would prefer women specific skis?
post #4 of 8
It's all about the boots. At this stage, a firm but comfortable fit, something that has no pain, and is warm will be a huge plus. They should also have a nice gentle flex, and put her in the right stance. I'm sure that all women would agree that having them be fairly easy to get your foot into, and out of, would be a significant plus. They should be something that she can "grow with" as her skiing miles increase, and she improves.

As TC says, then she can move to demo'ing a variety of skis, renting some well tuned "good" skis, etc. But to do that she needs boots.

I think that having her go to a good shop, with a bootfitter who has expertise and experience {and understands a woman's needs} will be worth it's weight in gold. A good bootfitter can tell a lot, and make solid recommendations by just looking at your feet. He/she {mostly he's} will have some good ideas based on what size and shape her foot is, along with her arch, instep, ankles, etc. It may be that she'll need to have some boot modification done to "open up" the boot a bit. This is all easy accomplished by somebody who knows what they are doing.

Boots need not hurt. There are a ton of tremendous women-specific products available. My wife is a life-long skier, and a good one. 40+ years on snow. A couple of years ago, she needed new boots. She tends to keep them for about 200-250 ski days, which is quite a lot. She was coming out of a Technica race boot, and wanted something that might be more comfortable, etc. She ended up with a top of the line, women's Salomon free-ride boot. Puts her in a great stance, has a liner that is warmer than anything she has had before {without being too warm. Nice predictable firm flex. Good buckle system, etc. She was able to get into a boot in a nice firm fit, by blowing out the footbox a bit, and by blowing out the "6th toe" area. The plus is that the boots are easy to get in an out of in any temperature. She'll take one off to drive a short distance, whip them both off for a couple of minutes if she ducks inside for a cup of coffee when it's cold, etc. Never wants to go in because of her feet.

She NEVER would have ended up in that boot had it not been for the bootfitter looking at her foot, and stance, etc. and recommending that she consider trying it. Has never skied better, had more fun and been in more comfort.

All about the boots. Find the bootfitter. Just my $.02.
post #5 of 8
Amen to that!

Don't bother with skis at this point. She'll quickly out grow anything that would be appropriate for her now.

Find an awesome boot fitter and get her the best fitting boots you can afford. Spend the season letting her demo or rent skis with her new boots. Also splurge on some lessons.

Nest year, buy skis.....used is OK for the skis, NOT for the boots!
post #6 of 8
All about the boots. Find the bootfitter.
post #7 of 8
Originally Posted by shafty85 View Post
Now, I know comfort is a relative thing in ski boots,
Actually comfort should be as standard as fit. That is, your fit is snug without being tight; you're on the slope lasting all day with little or no pain (anywhere); and the boots are doing what they are supposed to do to help you ski.

But, many do have preference for the fit to be a lot more loose, particularly the novices.

If she is feeling discomfort, the changes are:
- she has not been fitted right (maybe her feet are difficult to fit)
- she body position and movement are less than ideal (could be either due to skills or nerves)
post #8 of 8

As others have said get boots first

I too bought my first boots after only 2 days skiing as a beginner and I bought the cheapest new boots I could find
while at the same time being aware that they would not be
my last if I got any good at skiing. Sure enough I did find them
too loose after a while when my foot twisted and my heel lifted
inside the boot when I turned after progressing to longer skis.
My second pair of boots were actually expert rated and they lasted me 12 years. Looking back even if I had bought expert
boots from the start they would still have been to big as you need to clock up a number of skiing days to get an understanding of how a boot should fit.
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