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Thread: Kids skis?
04-23-2012, 01:34 PM #1
Hey, I have a 2 yr old who is going to need new skis next year. I have been looking around and there is a huge difference in price, but my understanding is at this length/level they are all just foam core cheaply made skis. Am I missing something? I have yet to see a set that weren't totally railed, I don't mind having them ground flat. Thanks
04-23-2012, 09:50 PM #2
Have you checked out the keep the kids skiing thread?
04-26-2012, 06:50 AM #3
Not really looking for a place to buy or anything, just seriously wondering if there is any difference in the skis for the crazy price differences. Pretty sure they are all the same would just like an informed insiders opinion.I rip the groomed on tele gear
04-26-2012, 08:49 AM #4
We've been through several pairs of kids non-race skis. My experience is that the smaller ones are all foam core. But that's a good thing when the kids're that small. Light and easy to turn is pretty much what you want.
Some grom race skis are definitely more solidly built if that's what you're after.
04-26-2012, 11:08 AM #5
IMO. At two years old, ski should be slidey on the bottom, fit their booties and have a upturned tip. All else is marketing hype.If everybody liked what I liked......I wouldn't like it.
"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich."
04-26-2012, 01:42 PM #6
What 2 year old will require a stiffer core and higher flex when they ski? Basically at that age they are probably only starting out with the wedge turns and using the inside edges only and the length is so short the ski needs to be something that they can point and maneuver down the slope. Purchase based on the length and even think about used, since they will grow out of their first pair really soon.
04-26-2012, 05:07 PM #7
My 3.5 y/o skied 84 cm rossi's this year and has a wedge turn down and good control.
They seem to be a quality ski
Spent about $170 on whole setup...ski, binder, boot and will be handing off to his brother next season.
04-27-2012, 12:36 AM #8
If you're a local somewhere, make a business card for your ski pocket that says the following:
My name is _______.
I want to buy your kid's gear when you're done with it (this summer?)
Call me when you're getting rid of it.
Then give the cards to parents of kids' setups you like and build a quiver of used kid's gear. I've even gotten calls the next day from tourists who just bought the gear for that one week and were happy to unload it before returning to Tokyo.
And no, there is nothing differentiating the quality of skis under 100 cm. My daughter's first 80cm set up was 100$ new for skis, boots, bindings. They're some foam core Xeres, a Japanese generic brand. I bought them new because Christmas is better that way.
04-27-2012, 08:43 PM #9
My 2 year old was on 69cm Elan's that I bought off Ebay (new), then I grabbed some open box binders off geartrade. Dalbello boots & burton one piece sealed the deal. Googles and a helmet didn't start until he was 3.
04-27-2012, 08:48 PM #10
kids ski anything you put on them