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Wanted: High end piste ski for 159cm lady

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I have a friend who's looking at doing a BASI gap course next season. She's going to need a suitable ski.

Interested in whatever is available in a high-end piste ski in about 152-156cm length. Head supershape would be perfect, lower end Rossi hero, Salomon xmax.

Looking for a waist in the 70s and a radius from 12-16m. Nothing too stiff, so not too much metal in the top sheet.

Look forward to seeing what's around!
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Atomic Redster G7 or G9 (GS size), or if easy turn slalom is required look at S9. These ski like they are on rails!!
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Yes - that's certainly a suitable option.

Apologies for not making it clear, but I'm looking to buy on her behalf any 2nd hand ski that would be suitable. A gap-course is not cheap and she's trying to budget wherever possible. Still looking if anyone has anything available!
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Forgive me for my indelicate question, but what does she weigh? I'm about that height but I'm 65kg or thereabouts; I did BASI2 last year. I ski Head Titans at 163 length and would hate something at 152. But I'm quite strong and hefty Smile

I could potentially be persuaded to part with mine. They're well-used and a bit battered but there's plenty of edge left on them.
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55kg. I'd say that something over head-height is a long shot, even though they're pretty soft skis - perfect for L2 but they just sound a bit long. Which year are they, and how much are you wanting?
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She could eat a lot of cake? Toofy Grin

I think they're too long, to be honest. They're, errr, three years old I think? I wouldn't want much for them, but really they're not quite right. Sorry. L2's hard enough without having to fight against a ski that's wrong for you.
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@AdamNotts, How much is she willing to pay, how long's the course and what's the possibilities and costs of renting? Otherwise, what's the cost and benefit trade-offs of looking for something new (if unknown and untested) on eBay, end of season sales etc, instead of an unknown and untested 2nd hand ski & bindings? And how much is it worth spending a little more to get something with a good rep that's likely to help on the course?
(i.e. is the current plan possibly a false economy?) I recently picked up some Rossi HE AT carbons, a lively light and easy ski at 12m, 74 waist. They might be a good ski (at 155 upwards) and there were some good new deals around on them compared to other new skis.
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Hi Grizzler,

I paid £80 for the skis I passed my l2 on (and the pair I used for the off-piste days I got out of a skip!), so as little as possible is the answer! There's some decent options on ebay right now for £150, but they're delivered from abroad. With BASI deals (which you can get as an associate member, before you've passed any exams) we're looking at £350 for something new and suitable, so less than that is the answer I guess.

It'll be a season-long adventure, even if the course itself lasts only 10 weeks, so renting hadn't really entered our thoughts.
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Not too long ago I had a very bad experience buying allegedly-good 2nd hand equipment from "abroad", and find that the majority are over-priced for their condition. Just my personal experience, albeit having been looking for a very similar ski and size as you are for several years - but unless you can pick up a good deal, I'd personally still go for the best new bargain, even if coming in from Europe or elsewhere. (Especially if for 10+ weeks.) That's how I got my last and first skis, both very happy with (and the last ones new certainly less than your basi price). But I guess you know what you're talking about as well or better than I do. Hope you get something suitable. Have fun on the course; envy you.
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Hi!

If you're still looking I was about to advertise my Volkl Viola women's skis. Bought new 2016. 155 length, 74 waist, radius around 14mtrs. Had about two and a half weeks careful use in total. When new were £440. Still in great condition.
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Grizzler, agreed, hence trying to find something a bit more local and with a bit more certainty than ex rentals from abroad. However eBay's protection policy is heavily squewed towards the buyer, which I could use. Interested if you've got any good offers online that I've missed though!

Chardonbleu, thanks for the offer but having read a few reviews they don't quite seem to be what we're after. Best of luck moving them on!
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