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womens skis for boy??

post #1 of 10
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Im keeping an eye out for some used skis on ebay for my boy. He is 160cm tall at the moment but i expect that he will be a few cm's taller before Northern Winter, He is a big unit weighing in at 60-65kgs. He will be using them in Japan so predominately powder skiing (he generally skis off piste)

My preference  for him are twin tips because they ski so much shorter and he will have the extra length, however, also considering all mountain skis. My thinking legthwise is up to 160 in Twinnies or somewhere between 150 -155 for all mountain.

 

The vast majority of skis that pop up on ebay in these lengths are womens skis so I'm wondering about their suitability for a male youth. As far as I can tell, the major differences are lighter weight (which is ok for a youngster) and binding position being slightly more forward.

 

Can any body see any major problems with putting a lad on womens skis (apart from girly graphics which are easily sorted with a can of spray paint and some decals)

 

Currently watching a pair of Head Wild Thangs.

 

Any advice/opinions welcomed, cheers

post #2 of 10

Check out the Fischer KOA skis. The KOA 84 comes in 150, 159, 167cm and was voted ski of the year on:  

                 http://www.realskiers.com/

post #3 of 10

I think you're on the right track with finding the right flex and size for him instead of looking for something that is pigeon holed.

 

I wish I could give you a solid recommendation but I didn't do nearly the amount of ski testing last year that I usually do so my first hand input is a little limited.

 

The two that pop into my mind that I've tried and may suit your needs are the Head Wild Thang(which you mentioned above) and the Blizzard Titan Eos (maybe a shorter cronus)

 

OTOH

The one that has me drooling the most is the Nordica Nemesis, which is available in a 161 here.

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/95005/the-nordica-armada-has-sailed

Shoot Phil or Jim a pm and see if they have something for you.  Those guys are great at helping you find the right tool for the job for the best price possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks for reply guys.

I live in Australia (the hot part) so options are very limited for us. I have set a budget of $200 delivered. this means that used or ex-rental are the go. Skis of a suitables size pop up all the time but as mentioned, generally womens skis. Hence my query. 

Shipping skis from US is expensive. Not an option for the kids skis but worth it for my own. Got my Monsters from Dawgcatching and my Mantras from sierrasnowboard for a fraction of the Oz cost.

 

Unless I'm missing something, I just can't see any reason why womens skis shouldn't be alright. The softer flex should suit as he is still only a kid, albeit a very big one, and we now ski in Japan where the powder is relentless and ice is unheard of.

Added to that, the Wild Thangs have railflex bindings which mean that i can adjust bindings for and aft and for his constantly growing feet.

post #5 of 10

It depends on the model.  Some women's skis are just a softer men's ski with different graphics; other women's skis are set up with different shape/flex/binding locations to account for women's different centre of gravity.

post #6 of 10

The only real difference between men's and women's skis is that for women the bindings are mounted a few mm forward. Your son should have no trouble adjusting to this hardly noticeable difference.

 

I use to work part time for a ski shop that regularly sold women's skis to little old men with the bindings mounted rearward a few mm.


Edited by DanoT - 8/13/10 at 6:26pm
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

The only real difference between men's and women's skis is that for women the bindings are mounted a few mm forward. Your son should have no trouble adjusting to this hardly noticeable difference.

 

I used to work part time for a ski shop that regularly sold women's skis to little old men with the bindings mounted rearward a few mm.

In some cases you are correct, but many ski manufacturers are developing women's skis with their own personality, some of which are not so soft and no specific mounting point difference.

post #8 of 10

Don't some women's skis have built in ramp angle, as well as a forward mounting line?

 

Another option is to look for telemark skis.  Many are identical to an alpine model, but without the metal layer, so they are softer flexing.

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Don't some women's skis have built in ramp angle, as well as a forward mounting line?

 

Another option is to look for telemark skis.  Many are identical to an alpine model, but without the metal layer, so they are softer flexing.

Some do, Dynastar comes to mind, but not all.  In fact Volkl went the opposite extreme direction last year with the Bio-logic system with a (oooo my summer brain is fried so I may be wrong) zero delta, wider tail and standard mounting instead of forward.

 

The best bet in this case is to go with a ski that is flat mount and mount where/how the boy needs it.
 

post #10 of 10

If you can find the Rossignol B series, B-1, B-2, B-3, those are soft flexing men's skis and are availble as short as 158 or so.

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