Originally Posted by lakespapa
A friend is looking for new skis. She's been skiing for 40-odd years, but is pretty gear-indifferent. Recently, though, people on the mountain have been calling her "ma'am," and she wonders if the old straight skis are making a bad impression. Anyway, she's looking (and I'll bet she'll be pleased with what's gone on since she last bought skis).
She's 5' 7", 145, wants an all-mountain Eastern ski (I'm thinking narrowish mid-fat, 85 +-), good in crud, a good turner, predictable on ice, groomers mostly, diamonds (though she's no shredder), some bumps and trees. She's had knee issues and would appreciate a forgiving ski. A current model would be unaffordable -- anything in the last couple of years would work.
I've mentioned Legend Sultan 85s as a possibility, but it isn't a woman-specific ski, so I don't know. Any advice would be appreciated.
I have no idea how I missed this thread but here it goes.........
First and foremost make sure she is in good fitting boots, hopefully something more contemporary than Raichle Rear entry boots, and then encourage her to demo if she can. If demo'ing is not easy to come by then take some of these things into consideration.
When she goes from her long straight skis, she'll probably find the new shorter shapelier skis to be funner, easier to turn and some times too easy to turn, so a lesson may be a good thing for her first day on the new skis.
A midfat in the 80's is a bit more than I'd suggest for an every day ski for this lady, mostly because she's coming off skinny skis. I'd think she's like something a bit more edgeable, and in fact I'd suggest something more like the Blizzard Viva 7.6 (76 under foot), the Rossi Attraction 8 (which was one of the skis that surprised me most this season during demos), the Nordica Infinite, or K2 Free Luv.
You could almost throw a dart at that line up of skis and put a big grin on her face.
I should close in saying FWIW and YMMV