For years, manufacturers paid insulting lip-service, at best, to female buyers. Women's skis—or rather, "ladies' skis," as they continued to be called long after it was appropriate—were usually defined by their graphics only. Finally, that's changing.
We skied the Merlin V in three lengths and found three different personalities. At 198 cm, the ski is a pure-bred race sled with an overdrive gear-the piezoelectric modules literally calm the ski down as it gains speed.