A woman’s boot or ski really will help you have more fun on the hill.
It wasn’t that long ago that most “women-specific” skis were just men’s skis stripped of their metal (and integrity) and gussied up with flowery topsheets. Our female testers crammed their test cards with complaints (“noodle” was the operative word), then happily went home to their unisex models when the test was over. Now more manufacturers are conceiving and building women’s skis from the ground up, with all the technology and integrity that women deserve.
Here’s that solid, powerful IQ binding interface again, making one of the widest skis in the group perform like something 15 mm narrower, thanks to its exacting boot-to-edge energy transfer. The 8.1’s wood-core construction yields a snappiness that earned it top honors in rebound energy, but it’s also reasonably content to relax, and it skids off speed readily when you’re tired or feeling lazy. “Rips the fall line a new one, but cross-hill carves are also on the menu,” said Hogen.
Maybe that’s overstating it. But new boots will make you ski better.
These days, there’s no reason to sacrifice warmth and comfort for high-end performance.
As we say every ski season, the right boot is significantly more important to your overall experience than any ski. So if you’re stepping up to a new pair, congratulations, and here are some issues to keep in mind.
First, forget the bells and whistles; fit and flex are your primary concerns, so don’t get too wrapped up in things like dual-sided canting, alloy buckles, “fur” liners, etc.
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