Originally Posted by mjp5
But if the men's WC skis aren't insane to use, why do the best women in the world struggle to use them? Would this imply that most people, even top skiers, are on too stiff of skis for them to be as fast as possible?
The thread title should probably be modified to read "questions
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I think the point is well taken. To put it in other words: if Anja Paersson, who's not exactly weak or petite, isn't using men's WC skis, what are "ordinary" racers doing using them? To which my answer would probably be something like: feeding their vanity.
Okay, top male Nor Am competitors (which is the equivalent of Europa Cup, approximately) are one thing, but instead of talking about 180-pound 19-year-olds with 30 FIS points, let's consider, say, 150-pound 17-year-olds with 100 FIS points, or decent Class 4 Masters racers, or people who occasionally race NASTAR. Should they be pining for men's World Cup race-stock skis?
The pretty obvious answer is no. Indeed, I vaguely recall a piece by Lisa Densmore in Ski Racing
in which she said exactly that: even good Masters racers should be using women's race stock skis, or non-race-stock. While equipment choices vary widely, I note that quite a few very successful Masters are on 155 cm slalom skis, or dropping down to race carver or "cheater" GS skis. When Atomic had the more complex color scheme going a few years ago, you saw a lot of good juniors (male ones) on the blue skis, rather than the red.