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Help with ski sizing for almost 5 year old

post #1 of 16
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After reading some posts here last year I picked up a pair of 80's for my almost 4 year old and they were great for him for the couple of times we got out. I also got some 100's because I got a good deal on them and figured he and his brother would use them eventually.  I figured at 44.5" and 45 lbs this year that he should probably have 90's but when I brought him in to our local shop today the guy recommended 100's based on his weight. I'm inclined to use them since the boots that they are adjusted for fit him, but I still feel like they may be too long for him- he's very much a beginner. Thoughts? If I need to get him some 90's then I want to get on that! His little brother will use them eventually, too. He can get frustrated easily so I don't want long skis to inhibit him.

 

post #2 of 16
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Well, I just got some nice 90's off of craigslist for a good price, so I think that answers my question.  Based on what I've read here in the past I'm going to err on the shorter side.  He should probably have 95's, we'll do with what we have.

post #3 of 16

Wow, sorry you didn't get a response from this OP, there are usually some great replies to this kind of thing.  Hopefully you were able to search and get your info.

 

Don't forget to post pics when you get your 5 yo out there. We love kid stoke!

 

post #4 of 16
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I'm still on the fence a little bit about whether or not to go with the 90's or 100's.  Like I said, I think in between would be perfect.  What I've read on here says go short, but the guy at our local ski place and a friend (with a 9 and 10 year old) said to go with the longer ones.  the 90's are just about at his shoulders, but I'm a little confused as to whether I should put more of an emphasis on getting the right ski for his height or his weight.

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Originally Posted by telemarksc View Post

I'm still on the fence a little bit about whether or not to go with the 90's or 100's.  Like I said, I think in between would be perfect.  What I've read on here says go short, but the guy at our local ski place and a friend (with a 9 and 10 year old) said to go with the longer ones.  the 90's are just about at his shoulders, but I'm a little confused as to whether I should put more of an emphasis on getting the right ski for his height or his weight.


Don't forget skill- you said he is a beginner, so I would go short.  I started my 4 year old daughter on 90s which were too long and she stayed on those for 3 seasons.  Last year, she weighted about what your son does (as a 7 year old, but taller) and she started the year on a friends 100s and went to 110s that I had bought her during the season.  She is more of an intermediate skier.  With a beginner, I think it is hard to go too short.

 

post #6 of 16

Quick reply: for a kid beginner, up to the chin, no higher.

post #7 of 16

I'd say to go with the 90s. Arguably, you could go even shorter. I was told sternum height for younger skiers by Terry Barbour of the PSIA Demo Team, and if you've ever seen his kids ski, the results speak for themselves. I went with his advice, and at 5, I think my kids were on 76cm skis. They're not short kids either, top of the height charts. That said, 90 should be fine.

post #8 of 16
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Thanks for confirming my gut instincts, everyone.  I took his 90's into the shop today to get adjusted for his boots.  

 

MEfree30- three seasons?  Wow.  It sounds like she may have been on the lighter side, though.  My son had been this height and weight for a while, so it looks as if he's finally reached the age where his growth has slowed.  So I guess that leads me to my next question-  if you're not fitting your kid with skis based on the "usual" suggestions then what are the signs that lead you to bump your kid up to the next size?

 

Thanks!

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by epic View Post

I'd say to go with the 90s. Arguably, you could go even shorter. I was told sternum height for younger skiers by Terry Barbour of the PSIA Demo Team, and if you've ever seen his kids ski, the results speak for themselves. I went with his advice, and at 5, I think my kids were on 76cm skis. They're not short kids either, top of the height charts. That said, 90 should be fine.



Maybe I should have kept him on his 80's!  I actually did think he'd get another season on them, but they look really short now.

post #10 of 16

Sorry if this is too late to help but Xela is correct,nothing above the chin IMO. We have to remember that young kids starting out are wedging and this puts alot of strain on the knees. The longer the skis the wider apart their legs need to be and this makes things even harder on  them. Skiing is hard enough to learn, give kids all of the advantages we can.

post #11 of 16

At the age of 4 (and for the next year for so) get him the shortest skis you can find, assuming these are really skis and not the plastic ones. As a beginner at this young age, I'd say no longer than chest height. You can't go too short. Chin height is definitely too long. The weight scale means nothing because he can't really pressure anything at this point yet.

 

Short=easier to learn and to turn.

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Originally Posted by telemarksc View Post

Thanks for confirming my gut instincts, everyone.  I took his 90's into the shop today to get adjusted for his boots.  

 

MEfree30- three seasons?  Wow.  It sounds like she may have been on the lighter side, though.  My son had been this height and weight for a while, so it looks as if he's finally reached the age where his growth has slowed.  So I guess that leads me to my next question-  if you're not fitting your kid with skis based on the "usual" suggestions then what are the signs that lead you to bump your kid up to the next size?

 

Thanks!


She is still very light, but agree with those that recommend going short, at least until they start going faster with a bit of technique.  IMO, a ski that is too long can be a struggle to turn properly and can lead to some bad habits, while a ski that is too short is easier to turn with correct technique, even if it is not as stable as a longer ski.     

 

post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by MEfree30 View Post


She is still very light, but agree with those that recommend going short, at least until they start going faster with a bit of technique.  IMO, a ski that is too long can be a struggle to turn properly and can lead to some bad habits, while a ski that is too short is easier to turn with correct technique, even if it is not as stable as a longer ski.     

 



Agree, when the skis start to turn parallel and they are making proper turns,etc. then maybe above the chin but not until then.

 

post #14 of 16
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Thanks.  We have a pair of 80's but they seem really short.  Or maybe it's just that I want to keep the 16.5 boots on them so I can let my two year old play around :)  I'll report back once we get him on the 90's- no snow at our local hill yet!  His grandma bought him a season pass, so we're patiently waiting...

post #15 of 16
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Update: So my son started his weekly ski lessons a month ago on his 90's.  No real problems but I could tell that going even shorter might help him not cross his skis when he does a wedge, etc.  I had his boots fitted to his 80's, we brought them last week and I could immediately see the difference.  He was a little behind the girls he was skiing with but by the end of this lesson he was right with them if not exceeding their abilities.  He skied once with me, had three lessons and now I could reliably let him ski down the green slopes by himself.  I'm so happy.

 

Just for reference, he is 45" and 48lbs.

 

So, I will reiterate what others told me here which is: for young beginners, shorter is usually better.  Thanks for the help, everyone.

post #16 of 16

Glad to hear it worked out for you.

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