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Women's Slalom Ski Recommendations (improving intermediate skier)

ajgearajgear Posts: 24 Baller
Anyone have a recommendation for a women's slalom ski? My wife is 5'7" and about 125. She has slalomed a fair bit, but almost always on skis that were too big for her (men's skis). She skied a friend's ski (women specific) and it made a world of difference. I'd say she's an "intermediate", but could work toward "advanced" in a hurry with the right gear. I really want to get her a ski that can help with that progression. Any Ideas?


  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,000 Mega Baller
    @ajgear the Radar Lyric sounds like it would be a good fit for her.
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 939 Mega Baller
    Hands down I'd recommend a 2014+ Radar Lithium Vapor. I've seen a bunch of gals in that skill range really improve radically on that ski, my wife included. We are talking running the course at 26 mph as far as skill level.
  • ajgearajgear Posts: 24 Baller
    Size recommendations as well? 65" was my guess, but any input would be welcome.
  • ajgearajgear Posts: 24 Baller
    I should also put a caveat on this re: price. Just looked at the Lithium Vapor, and it does look great...until I scroll to the price. I'm looking to be all-in with bindings for +/- $650. I made the mistake of buying my wife a better road bike than I had. It ended up costing me a fair chunk of change, simply because I refused to have a lesser bike. :)
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,582 Mega Baller
    Check out ski-it-again for deals. Vapors or nice, but I'd go to a Senate over the Lyric if you go that way. Both have the same shape but the Lyric has very little fin adjustment, its basically a fixed fin. Horton reviewed the Connelly Carbon-V recently that might be a possibility too.
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,522 Mega Baller
    More important than model would be the right size ski and properly fitting binding. If she is skiing 32-34mph, she should be on a 65". If slower than 30, go with a 66".

    Any relatively new (last 2-4 years) model from either radar or D3 would be a good choice.

    Bindings are tougher. Best option would be to get a blank ski from ski-it-again, then call radar, D3 or Wileys for a binding and toe piece for her size foot. If you do find a ski with binding, be prepared to swap it out of it doesn't fit well.
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
  • jjackkrashjjackkrash Posts: 566 Crazy Baller
    Vapor/Strada/RS-1 bindings for the win, regardless of ski choice.
  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 940 Crazy Baller
    Senate, Lyric, HO S2
  • waterskigirlwaterskigirl Posts: 142 Water Ski Industry Professional
    Buy her new ski it again is great but... sounds like she is ready for her own not a hand me down... HO CX looks great and works great too!
  • BRYBRY Posts: 585 Crazy Baller
    edited April 2017
    @ajgear What level skier is she? Intermediate/Advanced is too vague. Is it intermediate shortline -28 to -35? Is it intermediate open water non-course 28-30mph, turnin' hard with big spray? Either all good as long as she is having fun but significantly different skis would be appropriate.
  • jhughesjhughes Posts: 939 Mega Baller
    I'm of the belief that there really is no such thing as a ski that is "too good" for the skier. In this industry the better ski is the better ski for everybody. Cheaper skis are marketed toward less skilled skiers but they are also coincidentally way cheaper. If the correct ski for a beginner was 1500.00 does that change the fact that it is the correct ski? Anyway, it's an odd dynamic. A 2014 Lithium is going to be a few hundred bucks and be a great ski for the OP. Plus it's green and cool looking for sure.
  • NautibynatureNautibynature Posts: 149 Baller
    My wife just graduated to a D3 Quest 45, Her HO Ladies CX is on Ski it again for $300
  • marknmarkn Posts: 211 Solid Baller
    If you go to Skiitagain and find an ad from Susi in Spartansburg, NC, she has numerous older but new skis for sale. We picked up a pink Radar Strada for my wife and it is a great ski for a great price.
  • ajgearajgear Posts: 24 Baller
    @BRY she's all open water. Usually 15 or 22 off and running +/- 28 mph (though I think she'd ski faster on a ski that fits her). She can throw down a few hard turns, but doesn't really link them together well yet. I doubt she'll ski a course any time in the near future, but it's possible.
  • ajgearajgear Posts: 24 Baller
    @waterskigirl, I'm assuming you've skied the CX. I'm on the 69" Superlite version, and I love it. Size recommendation? 65" was my assumption.
  • waterskigirlwaterskigirl Posts: 142 Water Ski Industry Professional
    Yup, any bigger and she might have a hard time turning it... :)
  • BRYBRY Posts: 585 Crazy Baller
    @ajgear At her level sure she could ski on a Vapor or a VTX or most of the shortline buoy skis. IMHO she will have better success and therefore more fun with more of a mid-range ski like the Lyric, Senate, CX and the like. My wife runs the course up through 30mph and loves her older Lyric. She is going to demo soon the new Lyric (2016 Vapor based shape), a Senate Lithium and something else. Will be interesting to see how a Senate Lithium works out for her. When I got the Lyric from Perfski they but a Radar adjustable fin block on it for her. Set it at stock Senate, made a couple minor tweaks that worked for her and have left it since.
  • ajgearajgear Posts: 24 Baller
    Ended up with an HO TX Women's. Happy Mothers' Day!
  • FatrollFatroll Posts: 233 Solid Baller
    My wife has progressed on the Radar lyric to running full six at 25 mph. It serves her well for faster speed free skiing too.
    2016 Ski Nautique 200 OB 2016 Radar Vapor 69.5"
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  • KatieJKatieJ Posts: 8 Baller
    How does your wife like the HO TX? This is one of my top contenders. Looking at HO CX, TX and Lyric as well as what I can get a good deal on! Sounds like I may be at a similar level as her.
  • lakeskigirllakeskigirl Posts: 2 Baller
    I love, love, love my 2014 Radar Lyric and have really improved in the last 4 ski seasons on it - one handed turns, deeper cuts, faster speed, more consistent turns, way better off-side turns
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