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Skis for my wife: Mens or Women's?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

I have FINALLY convinced my wife that skiing is fun!

After last years fiasco we tried again this year with some friends, and she had a blast, we even had 2-4" of fresh - what a great day.

She has done very well and she has advanced to an intermediate skier, albeit a bit more of a cautious intermediate vs a charger.

She is going to come along with me to Kelowna and Whistler (1 week each) this year, and wants to ski a couple of days at each. I think we will invest in some lessons when we are at whistler.

What we aren't sure about is whether she should be demoing mens or lady-specific skis.

She is 5'9" 135-140lbs

I think an all-mountain type ski would be best - somewhere in the 70-78 range. Probably ~155-158 length

I was wondering about:

Volkl AC20, AC30
Rossignol CX70
Dynastar Contact groove

I am not very familiar with the lady-specific skis and don't know which to even consider.

She seems to thing the graphics on the lady-specific skis are lame. (Her 2c)

Any info, or links would be great as I didn't find a thread comparing men's vs women's skis for a lady.


thanks
bb


Edited by Bird Blaster - Sat, 31 Jan 09 19:08:36 GMT
post #2 of 21
ok now how much does she really weigh
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
i cannot answer that....or I die but it is within that range
post #4 of 21
First and foremost get her boots. Not just any boots but HER boots. Take her to a good boot guy/gal, and haver her fitted into something that is correct for her, both in skill and fit.

Then have her demo anything that is available.
The women's skis have come a long way in the past years.

If I were her, I'd try some blizzard Viva's, which one depends on the terrain she would prefer to ski.
Have her demo the Viva 7.6 for sure.
post #5 of 21
Have her demo some of both. Here are some ideas on the women's side.

Volkl Luna
K2 One Luv
Rossi Attaxion VI
Dynastar Exclusive Legends or Fluids
post #6 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info!

I will have to keep a list of these skis, as we are leaving in a couple of weeks.

We are actually going to get some boots fit this weekend. I agree, the correct/comfortable boots are the first and most important step.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by COSkiGirl View Post
Have her demo some of both. Here are some ideas on the women's side.

Volkl Luna
K2 One Luv
Rossi Attaxion VI
Dynastar Exclusive Legends or Fluids
Nice.

Add:
Nordica Drive
Fischer Breeze
post #8 of 21
Check out the ski recommendations on theskidiva.com, a skiing forum for women. I think lots of the women like the Vokl Aura skis.
post #9 of 21
A lot of us LOVE the Aura, but I wouldn't recommend it in this application. Unless she's strictly skiing pow, carving a ski that's 94 under foot requires some serious angles and determined commitment. And, like almost all Volkls, it shines when driven hard and fast. It doesn't sound like that's where she is right now. Should her attitude and/or ability level change, h@ll yeah, I'd recommend it. For now, thought, it's not the ski to get her where she needs to be.

As always, JMHO and YMMV.
post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bird Blaster View Post
I have FINALLY convinced my wife that skiing is fun!
(GOOD ON YA)

She has done very well and she has advanced to an intermediate skier, albeit a bit more of a cautious intermediate vs a charger.
(KEEP HER IN THE INT.-ADV RANGE OF PRODUCT)


What we aren't sure about is whether she should be demoing mens or lady-specific skis.
 
(LADY SPECIFIC)
 
I think an all-mountain type ski would be best - somewhere in the 70-78 range. Probably ~155-158 length
 
(OK)

I was wondering about:

Volkl AC20, AC30
Rossignol CX70
Dynastar Contact groove
 
(NONE OF THE ABOVE...REPEAT NONE)

She seems to thing the graphics on the lady-specific skis are lame. (Her 2c)
 
(TRY THE FISCHER VISION VAPOR, GREAT SKI, CONSERVATIVE COSMETICS)

 

Listen to VG...the suggestion for the Aura is absurd. Keep her in the width you mentioned, a manageble flex, and a moderate shape.

 

SJ

post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 

Great, Thanks SJ! I will look into that ski - havent' seen those fischers yet

post #12 of 21

My daughter is an intermediate skier; she has skied less than a dozen times, likes to carve nice arcs and want's to ski faster all the time (speed bump at Kitchener Ontario - Chicopee isn't fast enough for here tastes), but was afraid to ski anything with a double black diamond and was iffy about black diamond runs at Blue Mountain Collingwood when she was there last (though she's advanced since then). 

 

She is lighter than your wife by quite a few pounds.  Like most women she either doesn't know or won't tell exactly how much she weighs, but she's short and slim.    She really liked the Head World Cup  i Supershape that she tried in a 155 cm length.  The demo tent had offerings from Dynastar, Rossi, Atomic and Head.  The SS was her favourite.

 

 

post #13 of 21
Thread Starter 

Just out of curosity, she was asking "Why Lady specific skis" - and to be honest, I didn't have an answer....

 

any help?

post #14 of 21

The LS skis are on average, a bit softer in flex and a bit lighter. Many will have a modified mounting point and occasionally they will have a modified sidecut or ramp angle. These factor are designed to help the average lady skier advance. Some women at this level will not benefit from these factors, but most probably will. Many stronger faster women do not ski on women's skis but even some of them can find benefits from women's technology.

 

SJ

post #15 of 21

a rant that I had, with some good info on all sides of it

 

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/68780

 

 

post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by mntlion View Post

a rant that I had, with some good info on all sides of it

 

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/68780

 

 

Great thread with a ton of good information!

post #17 of 21

concur with Jim as usual.

 

the volkl AC series is an expert level series, very stiff. the dynastar exclusive legend is also an expert ski (maybe good in the future). these expert skis require so much force to turn that skiing at cautious speeds will not work. all ski brands make softer skis, men's and women's, that are very high quality, though designed for slower speeds.

 

 I believe that in general, the cosmetics are being toned down for next year, next fashion concept on the horizon.

 

go soft-flex, go narrowish, have more fun. good luck


Edited by davluri - Sun, 01 Feb 09 17:54:40 GMT
post #18 of 21

Honestly, I have an "all mountain" pair of Blizzards I picked up 3 years ago. I ski out West mostly and got the chance to demo 8 skis over the course of the week.  I am in LOVE with the Volkl 2010 Aura's and Volkl 2009 Cosmo's.  They are wider under foot so they handled very well on turns, groomers, bumps, all the typical spring conditions. 

 

They look to be like powder skis and that maybe you would be foolish to hit up a slushy spring day.  But I did, and I love them. And I am buying them.  I am retiring my Blizzards for the 1 or 2 days I may ski back East where I live, but I would definetly recommend them! The 2010 Volkls are redesigned for women something to do with the tip of the foot and preventing knee injuries. It's also nice to know they can handle some pow altho I have never really been blessed enough to ski it and learn it. (I guess this is what you get for always going Week 16 to Snowbird and Alta.)

post #19 of 21

I disagree, the 94 underfoot was not too much to handle. I love both the Aura's and the Cosmo's and didn't even come close to skiing any powder. They both handled bumps, slush, fast carving, etc without much problem. I did find that the 163 was maybe a tad hard turning, but when i got on the 151 (I think it is) I was slammin around the slopes.

post #20 of 21

 I've got the Auras and they are actually my go-to ski in spring slush.  They obviously do great in pow, but that's no surprise.  Basically, unless the mountain is bulletproof or dust on crust, Auras are the way to go.  They are, however, not for beginners as they're not going to go out of their way to turn without a strong initiation, so BAD idea if timid.  If you want to advance, you could forward mount the bindings a cm, but it would be better to rent a ski with a narrower waist until your confidence increases.

My 0.02 is to stay away from women's skis- they help you "advance" but many are forgiving of bad habits such as backseat stances, which will set you up for injury when you get into steeper terrain, ect.  The Aura doesn't ski like a women's ski, and will kick your butt if you backseat it.

post #21 of 21

Since this post, I've had the good fortune of seeing the Blizzard line for 2010.  The Eos is back and a great option for women in this group.

Philpug's wife has the Eos from two years ago and IIRC its her go to ski.  He'll correct me if I'm wrong.  He likes to tell me I'm wrong.  

Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
First and foremost get her boots. Not just any boots but HER boots. Take her to a good boot guy/gal, and haver her fitted into something that is correct for her, both in skill and fit.

Then have her demo anything that is available.
The women's skis have come a long way in the past years.

If I were her, I'd try some blizzard Viva's, which one depends on the terrain she would prefer to ski.
Have her demo the Viva 7.6 for sure.

 

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