XC Ski For Women

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Re: XC Ski For Women

Post by Manney » Tue Aug 29, 2023 3:04 pm

Actually, ppl a long time ago used paraffin for glide wax. Paraffin has been around for well over a hundred years.

Paraffin is still a key ingredient in most hydrocarbon ski waxes. Lots of advances in chemistry in the past hundred years though, which are of great benefit to the skier. So instead of straight-paraffin being the only thing to use, we have paraffin based waxes that perform better because of their engineered properties.
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Re: XC Ski For Women

Post by lilcliffy » Tue Aug 29, 2023 9:13 pm

Musk Ox wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2023 4:33 pm
And finally if you were to tell my wife that women "typically underpole" (and I do not know what this means, but it sounds really bad) she would stick her Åsnes carbon adjustables up your arse.
Though I would like to travel- preferably on a sailing vessel- to be in person to observe this event-
I am afraid I need to be in class starting next week-
Please send me a Zoom link so I can observe remotely.
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Re: XC Ski For Women

Post by lilcliffy » Tue Aug 29, 2023 9:15 pm

JohnSKepler wrote:
Thu Aug 24, 2023 5:41 pm
My wife overpoles. She can't get enough of it. And neither can I.
This receives my vote for the best post on this site in many moons-
thank you!
If you aint getting enough of it- one needs to do something about that.
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Re: XC Ski For Women

Post by Manney » Tue Aug 29, 2023 9:21 pm

Maybe he has that problem “in hand”?

Bump… set… spike. Thanks for creating the opportunity, @lilcliffy
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Re: XC Ski For Women

Post by lilcliffy » Tue Aug 29, 2023 9:29 pm

@JohnSKepler
Hi John,
Did you ever get anywhere with a constructive discussion about a "XC ski" for women?
The suggestion of the Transnordic 66 Crown is worth considering-
but, if it is the same design as the last-gen E-99 Crown it is significantly cambered and resistant underfoot...
As a backcountry touring ski- I can't seem to get this ski to work for me-
it is either a bit too "long" and I can't get enough grip when climbing-
or it is a bit too "short" and I find it slow and scale-draggy-
I much prefer the smooth grip-waxy version of this ski-

BUT- I have no experience with the current TN66 Crown- I have only been told it is the same as the last-gen E99 Crown...

I would expect (I don't have personal experience with this) that the TN59 is similar to the TN66...

Perhaps not a problem as a straightforward "XC" ski- but perhaps a challenge climbing and downhill...
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Re: XC Ski For Women

Post by lilcliffy » Tue Aug 29, 2023 9:46 pm

FWIW-
my wife's current favorite backcountry Nordic touring ski is the Fischer 78 (w Crown and kicker skin insert)-
her second fav is her Asnes Tonje (when the snow is ideal and I prep them for her with grip-kick wax)-

her favorite used to be the Madshus Eon- which I don't think she will ever part with, she loves them so much.
However, none of these touring skis will fit in a prepared Calssic track...
But- my wife does not ski in prepared Classic track with anything-
if she is isn't headed out on forest tur- she is headed to the groomed hill to burn a strip off it with her Alpine carving setup.
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Re: XC Ski For Women

Post by spopepro » Wed Aug 30, 2023 10:38 am

lilcliffy wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2023 9:29 pm

As a backcountry touring ski- I can't seem to get this ski to work for me-
it is either a bit too "long" and I can't get enough grip when climbing-
or it is a bit too "short" and I find it slow and scale-draggy-
I much prefer the smooth grip-waxy version of this ski-
I think in this case this is a feature, not a bug. OP’s partner seems to prioritize grip when climbing, stability, and then glide. So while it might not be your cup of tea, I suspect a “too short” TN66 would fit the bill nicely.



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Re: XC Ski For Women

Post by JohnSKepler » Tue Sep 05, 2023 4:52 pm

lilcliffy wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2023 9:29 pm
@JohnSKepler
Hi John,
Did you ever get anywhere with a constructive discussion about a "XC ski" for women?
The suggestion of the Transnordic 66 Crown is worth considering-
but, if it is the same design as the last-gen E-99 Crown it is significantly cambered and resistant underfoot...
As a backcountry touring ski- I can't seem to get this ski to work for me-
it is either a bit too "long" and I can't get enough grip when climbing-
or it is a bit too "short" and I find it slow and scale-draggy-
I much prefer the smooth grip-waxy version of this ski-

BUT- I have no experience with the current TN66 Crown- I have only been told it is the same as the last-gen E99 Crown...

I would expect (I don't have personal experience with this) that the TN59 is similar to the TN66...

Perhaps not a problem as a straightforward "XC" ski- but perhaps a challenge climbing and downhill...
Going through the useful posts, and thanks to those who made them, she'll start out with, if she wants, the OTX Spiders we already have and that she has used before. I may put a set of Xplore bindings on them because my wife did like the Alpina Alaska boots I got her last year. If it turns out we're venturing farther off track in deeper snow I will tell her about other options and let her dictate things!

I've learned this lesson a few times now, not to put too much effort into guiding somone else's recreation! It just doesn't work and I end up with motorcycles and bicycles that never get used.
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Re: XC Ski For Women

Post by Lhartley » Tue Nov 07, 2023 8:55 pm

This looks like a woman's ski thread. Sure this will do. Seems exciting. How about a woman's xcD ski? Seems there's nothing female specific, if that matters at all. I've seen a few mentions of females on Altai KOMs. Looking for something for my gf to kick around in the meadows, glades and cutblocks with me. She have sturdy leathers and t2's and either switchbacks or hardwired. Waxless only please for simplicity



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Re: XC Ski For Women

Post by Manney » Tue Nov 07, 2023 9:05 pm

https://www.telemarktalk.com/viewtopic. ... men#p59733

Food for thought as you look at skis.
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