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Which Lightweight Ski for 12yr old Advanced Skier?

post #1 of 9
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Hi Gang,

I'm looking for used, demo or clearance skis for my 12yr old son. He's advanced, 5ft tall, pretty light at just 80lbs.

Got ideas for anything for him that's inexpensive and includes demo bindings already mounted?

I've been scouring the sites, eBay, and CL.

Renting has been hit and miss, so this will be the first gear he owns.

TryIng to stay around $100.

Already bought him Nordica GP TJ boots.

He's skiing parallel, all terrain, likes powder and steeps, groomers, everything. We ski Solitude, Steamboat, Kirkwood, soft snow, all over the mountain.

When I tried him on short adult skis last season, they were too stiff and way too heavy, ruined his day. Switched to junior skis which are more flexible and much lighter, and he was back to having a blast.

Thank you for any help! smile.gif

Dave
post #2 of 9

Definitely stay away from adult skis for his size. Depends on the kind of skis he wants, either a nice pair of jr all mountain, twins or dual event will work for him.

 

I have an old nice pair of 1080s in 145cm WITHOUT bindings if you're interested. Definitely used but patchable base with good edges. $40 plus shipping. For another $20, I'll patch the base, tune the edges and puts on a couple layers of wax for you.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Salomon-Ten-Eighty-1080-Skis-129-cm-Marker-M700-Binding-Scott-Poles-/221132529444
 

post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by chanwmr View Post

Definitely stay away from adult skis for his size. Depends on the kind of skis he wants, either a nice pair of jr all mountain, twins or dual event will work for him.

 

I have an old nice pair of 1080s in 145cm WITHOUT bindings if you're interested. Definitely used but patchable base with good edges. $40 plus shipping. For another $20, I'll patch the base, tune the edges and puts on a couple layers of wax for you.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Salomon-Ten-Eighty-1080-Skis-129-cm-Marker-M700-Binding-Scott-Poles-/221132529444
 

 

Yep, definitely will, he's just too light to handle adult skis. When we tried the adult short skis he was miserable. I'm going to wait 'til he's heavier to go back.

 

Looks like your ad says 129cm, instead of 140. Is that a typo in the ebay ad or your note here? Thank you. - D

post #4 of 9

Oh sorry, that was supposed to be a sample pic of the design. That ad isn't mine. I forgot to mention that.

post #5 of 9

I have never done this for a kid, but I know every shop that I walk into has good deals on season rentals for kids (running around $100 for everything). I think that might be a better route to go than trying to buy gear on Ebay. That way you can get something different if what you tried first doesn't end up fitting or working well for whatever reason, and he can keep something that does well for the whole season. 

post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by wolfcreekfreak View Post

I have never done this for a kid, but I know every shop that I walk into has good deals on season rentals for kids (running around $100 for everything). I think that might be a better route to go than trying to buy gear on Ebay. That way you can get something different if what you tried first doesn't end up fitting or working well for whatever reason, and he can keep something that does well for the whole season. 

 

Actually started out with that plan, but then tried him in the rental boots and they are total garbage, several seasons old, and don't fit his feet well (at least at the only local place in my area that has a full season rental/lease program). So I ended up getting him some Nordica GP TJ boots one season old, really solid boots, much better than the rentals. 

 

As for skis, if I buy something light and flexible for a light kid like him, and hit has good sidecut and width as well for the deeper stuff, he'll be okay. It's the stiffer, heavier adult skis that just can't work. If we rent skis instead of buying, they're really nothing special, just basic skis. I'm not too worried about the skis, the boots were the bigger issue. He can ski any junior ski that's pretty fat, reasonably light and flexible. We're not doing race camps yet, just playing all over the mountain. 

post #7 of 9

You're right. Most seasonal rentals offer subpar equipment for an advanced jr skier. And, if better gear is available you'll be paying more than the basic $100-$150 for the season. Also, decent jr equipment tend to move quicker and have better resell values because they are so hard to find.

post #8 of 9
Many of the shops now have a wall of used jr skis that they took in for people upgrading. I've gotten great deals for my daughter and grandson. Last year I got a pair of 140 cm Shogun with bindings for $125. They threw in a base grind and remounted the bindings too.

Though my daughter was 14, she'll be 15 in a couple months and still the size of most 12 yo; 5'1" and 88#.

Going this route might not get you demo bindings, but many times the shops will remount since you are buying from them.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by L&AirC View Post

Many of the shops now have a wall of used jr skis that they took in for people upgrading. I've gotten great deals for my daughter and grandson. Last year I got a pair of 140 cm Shogun with bindings for $125. They threw in a base grind and remounted the bindings too.
Though my daughter was 14, she'll be 15 in a couple months and still the size of most 12 yo; 5'1" and 88#.
Going this route might not get you demo bindings, but many times the shops will remount since you are buying from them.

 

Yep, great tip, I've been hunting around the shops. Got my eye on a few things... :)

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