Check out the first edition of Ski magazine, it has ratings on many of the top kids race skis. The upper end Atomics scored very high.
Be wary of the 8' 14's. Of the three pair in the J-5 group, all of them are "up for sale". The kids hated them and there were problems with the bases. I would check any Atomic bases with a straight edge before buying them. One kid has a 10 series and loves them.....
Shop early, we got stuck with the Atomic 8's because in early December the shops were out of the high end skis.
My son did get a pair of P-40 jr.'s in a 163, that's a lot of ski for a 75 pounder but he loves them, though, he has not raced them.<FONT size="1">
[This message has been edited by yuki (edited September 11, 2001).]</FONT>