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Girlfriend Needs a Ski

ecnoecno Posts: 24 Baller

My girlfriend has finally (after years of my guilt trips) said she'd get into skiing with me.

She goes for a rip at the cottage every once in a while but now wants to take some lessons and maybe try and go through a course at some point.

Question is, what ski would suit her best? She's 5'2", about 120lbs ish.

I want to get her something that she could develop on and not have to replace in a year or two.

I was thinking a women's CX 65", a Radar lyric 65", possibly a TRA 63", or maybe a TX.

Any input is appreciated...


  • brodybrody Posts: 330 Baller
    Radar lyric, my wife has one is a very good forgiving ski that that has the capability of getting into the course but is still very reasonable price
  • HortonHorton Posts: 30,396 Administrator
    Seriously 65 or 66 inch. 63 inch is really for kids under 100 lbs

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  • ecnoecno Posts: 24 Baller
    @Horton haha! Measurements: 120, 5'2" 34D, blonde... thats the best I can do...

    I was a bit skeptical of a 63" possibility so that's good to clear up.

    And a vote for the Lyric, that was my top choice but wanted some confirmation.
  • dbskidbski Posts: 327 Crazy Baller
    Just bought my wife a 65" Lyric for Christmas. She is a beginning course skier, -15, 28mph.
    Rick Bohn
  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 944 Crazy Baller
    +3 for the lyric! My wife is 5'2" and 105. She skis on a 65" and works perfect for her in the course and open water.
  • skihardskihard Posts: 565 Crazy Baller
    Bought my daughter a Lyric a couple years ago and she loves it! Very versatile all around ski.
    Put double set of bindings on it for her and she's a happy kid.
    Life's about working hard and then having fun on the water!
    I am - are you?
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,898 Mega Baller
    Never heard of someone disliking the Lyric. Very good and safe choice.

    You may also consider a custom-fit Eagle life vest. A lot of standard ones are not super-comfortable for D and above. Comfortable gear is huge for staying interested! (Yeah yeah, insert hilarity here. But this is good advice.)
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 2,424 Mega Baller
    edited December 2016
    You may also look into the HO TX. Super user friendly, available in a men's and women's version, and in the Superlite construction.
  • ecnoecno Posts: 24 Baller
    @Than_Bogan thanks for that advice, keeping interested is critical haha. @ALPJr I have a TX of my own, it's decent for sure
  • GregHindGregHind Posts: 371 Crazy Baller
    My first wife took some convincing to go skiing. I met her replacement at the lake, who gets cranky if she doesn't get to ski enough. I don't think I need to specifically spell out my advice!
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,763 Mega Baller
    @ALPJr I don't think they make a TX 65" Superlite, good ski but no "lite" version for lighter skiers
  • ScottScottScottScott Posts: 1,075 Mega Baller
    I just looked at the HO site, @Bill22 is correct. The CX comes in a 65" superlite though. The womens models don't appear to be superlite, and the TX superlite is just 67 and 69. I beleive the TX is the wider version, so maybe a little better suited for her, but CX is still a good crossover ski. So, would the superlite CX be better, or a non superlite TX (which would be avilable in a womens model?)
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,763 Mega Baller
    TX or Lyric (just my two cents)
  • marknmarkn Posts: 419 Crazy Baller
    Found a 2013, 66 inch Radar Strada (new display model) on Ski-it-again for a great price for my wife. No course skiing, but she loves it. Easy, forgiving and more ski than she will ever need. I slapped on my binders and after one practice pass, ran 28, 32, 35. I was shocked at how it generated speed and was stable in the turns. Very versatile ski.
  • JmoskiJmoski Posts: 376 Solid Baller
    edited January 2017
    I'm surprised no one has posted with the inverse of this subject:

    "Skier Needs a Girlfriend"

  • Thomas_GustafsonThomas_Gustafson Posts: 16 Water Ski Industry Professional
    @ecno there is really only one ski out there which you should consider and it is Radar´s butter knife 65". It is by far the best ski you can get for your girlfriend especially if she eventually wants to learn the slalom course. You will make life so much easier for her on this ski and she will learn so much faster. She can use it easy up to 30mph. I recommend this ski for a lot of my students and it makes my work so much easier and they learn in now time. It is the best ski for the least amount of money! You will not regret buying this ski.
  • MuskokaKyMuskokaKy Posts: 457 Crazy Baller
    @Thomas_Gustafson is there much a difference between the butter knife and Katana? took the Katana for a rip this year while waiting for new bindings on my senate and it was a blast to ride. I would recommend that ski to anyone getting into the slalom game. #radar
  • Bill22Bill22 Posts: 1,763 Mega Baller
    @MuskokaKy did you free ski the Katana or take it in the course? Speed, line length?
  • MuskokaKyMuskokaKy Posts: 457 Crazy Baller
    @Bill22 i did both actually. ran a few open water passes and then ran two on the course. line-22 speed 32. was looking for something to have around for my friends who aren't great skiers but are good enough you know...I felt a lot of stability and a lot of water underneath me. my buddies would be looking for something like that i think. Also watched a vid / pics of @jMacSkis rippin a butterknife for a promo vid i think. He made the ski look fun for everyone.
  • MuskokaKyMuskokaKy Posts: 457 Crazy Baller
    Sweet ride! congrats @Shell !!!!

    @RAWSki that should keep you in the good books for a while ;)

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