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First Purchase: Ladies Skis: Volkl, Rossi, K2 , Salomon, Head ??? - Or Others - any at all?!?!?!

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi All,

 

Advice please :)

Me:

Intermediate Agressive - rapidly advancing. 

Only been sking EVER 7.5 days. 

Have my own boots (SWEEEET and NO PAIN!)

I am 165 cm and about 160lbs.

Dicky R knee (Although this is now open to thinking that I was given the wrong results!)

 

Where: Australia. harder, crustier, mostly groomed ....

 

history:

Learnt to ski in 1997 & 1998 on old straight skis :) (4 days)

Rental this year - unisex K2 Comanches (1.5 days)  <-- EVIL rental boots - 1 whole size too BIG! aaarrgghhh!!!

Demo this year (after buying boots) - Volkl Attiva Sol 158 (2 days) NO PAIN - just WONDERFUL

 

So....

 

I am looking to buy now.....

 

Love the Sol.. but is that just because it's the first decent level ski I have ever been on?

 

Am getting up there again this weekend.

Have had suggestions to try (inc lengths please) :

 

Rossi Echo Attraxion 8

Salomon Diamond

K2 Burnin Luv

 

OR ...... Should I try a unisex ski? ? ? Are the women's skis just all hype?

 

From speaking to many different knowledgable people, the collective has decided that i like to feel my skis and drive them rather than havea  smooth uneventful ride :)

Kind of like a Subaru rather than a Honda if you know what I mean :)

 

So, please, any advice would be GREATLY appreciated:)

 

Cheers,

Anna

 

 

post #2 of 12

I love the car analogy...I use them all the time. I think you could be happy on a better woman's ski but not some frilly flowered mid to lower level ski. Since you want more of a Subie than a Honda, go a bit wider than the selections you brought up. A Lotta Luv over the Burnin, Tierra over the Sol. Blizzard Viva 7.6 (and 8.1) along with the Dynastar Eden would be fun choices. Length around that 160+/- should be your goal in length, but don't be afraid to demo a size up. You could try some unisex skis, it wouldn't hurt. 

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks a bunch! 

 

(I drive a Subie Outback *giggle*)

 

But, am I not just a dash too inexperienced for a ski like the the Tierra?

 

I know that the guy who first put me on the Sol said he would "have no trouble putting me on the Tierra" ...

but others think it would be too much ski for me ....

 

Which Unisex?  And are the ladies' skis just company hype or not?

 

Cheers!

:)

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by Spanna View Post

Thanks a bunch! 

 

(I drive a Subie Outback *giggle*)

 

But, am I not just a dash too inexperienced for a ski like the the Tierra?

 

I know that the guy who first put me on the Sol said he would "have no trouble putting me on the Tierra" ...

but others think it would be too much ski for me ....

 

Which Unisex?  And are the ladies' skis just company hype or not?

 

Cheers!

:)


Many of the skis mentioned have a unisex counterpart in their lines. I don't think ladies skis are hype but I also will not make a blanket statement that all women need to be on a woman's ski. A stronger, taller woman with a higher center of gravity could benefit more from a unisex ski, but it depends on the ski too. Some woman's skis are more feminine than others and some are more well..athletic than others. I mentioned some of the more athletic ones. 

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

THANK YOU :):):):)

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

Well, I couldn't get my mits on any of those for the weekend.

 

I demoed the Rossi AXN 8s.

 

And I found them to be FAST. I am comparing them to the Sol.

Why would that be?

 

I am only an intermediate skier. And i KNOW my skills are not great ...

 

I'm thinking that the Sol will be just fine with heaps in it for me.

 

 

post #7 of 12

Did you get the chance to check out the Volkl Feugo? It is a great frontside for women and my girlfriend gave them the thumbs up when she demoed. They are a bit narrow, 72 at the waist, but if you are focused on groomers that should be ideal. You will learn quick on them since they don't let you in the backseat for too long, but apparently more forgiving then the pair of AC30s she tried. Demo the 165.

post #8 of 12

The last time I went skiing with my daughter, this past winter on conditions similar to what you ski, she had to rent as I hadn't brought her skis and she thought I was bringing them.  She found the Dynastar Exclusive Elite worked quite well.

 

If you know how to tip your skis to turn, you won't have any trouble with "too much ski".

 

Read this thread from a few years ago...

http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/65117/intermediate-skiers-who-prefer-expert-skis

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Spanna View Post

Well, I couldn't get my mits on any of those for the weekend.

 

I demoed the Rossi AXN 8s.

 

And I found them to be FAST. I am comparing them to the Sol.

Why would that be?

 

I am only an intermediate skier. And i KNOW my skills are not great ...

 

I'm thinking that the Sol will be just fine with heaps in it for me.

 

 

IMHO the Sol is a ski that you'll outgrow quickly, while the Rossi AXN8 is a tad more advanced and should seem quicker, both in turning and speed.

While you're advancing, make sure you have a ski that meets your ability and advancement needs.  A "too fast" ski may hinder your confidence and a "too slow" ski may discourage you.

 

 



 

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Originally Posted by FiveLongYears View Post

Did you get the chance to check out the Volkl Feugo? It is a great frontside for women and my girlfriend gave them the thumbs up when she demoed. They are a bit narrow, 72 at the waist, but if you are focused on groomers that should be ideal. You will learn quick on them since they don't let you in the backseat for too long, but apparently more forgiving then the pair of AC30s she tried. Demo the 165.

The Fuego is an amazing ski, but may be a bit too advanced and not so forgiving for an intermediate.

post #10 of 12

For a unisex option, try the Fischer Progressor 8+.  I've skied a lot of women's skis, and have a few, but I love the Fischers for frontside carving, and they're actually pretty versatile in varied conditions, too.  They hold an edge on ice like no other, but they are not that stiff longitudinally, so they handle bumps, etc. well.  Really, really fun ski.  I skied these skis exclusively last year...even on days when we had 1 ft. of new snow. A cool thing about them is their Railflex binding, which allows you to set the binding ahead or behind of "neutral." 

 

They are forgiving enough to allow you to progress without frustration, but you won't grow out of them.

 

A good K2 recommendation is the Lotta Luv.  Great ski.

 

Also I second Philpug's recommendation of the Dynastar.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Spanna View Post
. harder, crustier, mostly groomed ....

 

 

I think Dynastar Exclusive Elite would be a better choice here than the Dynastar Exclusive Eden.  If you were skiing mostly softer deeper snow I would say give the Eden a go.
 

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

I had been trying to get my mits on the Dynastars - hard to come by here - smaller market.

 

BUT I did get on Fischer Watea 84s

 

ZOMG!

 

LOVE THEM.

 

They are going to be MINE!

 

Not the Koa 84 - Supposedly womens - different construction.  Don't TRUST it's the same ski even though dimensions are the same.

 

I've skied the Watea 84 - I'm getting the demos I skiied - like the way they are mounted - everything works WELL :)

YUMYUMYUMYUM


Edited by Spanna - 11/25/10 at 9:36pm
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