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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

So, my very slim and light 12yo son has outgrown his K2 Groms.

 

He is just now getting the skies on edge and being more aggressive.

 

He's new, only his third season, but he handles some gnarly blues at Sugarbush by getting down

pretty elegantly, rather than making the ski do all the work.

 

Put it this way: He slides around very beautifully!

 

What's the next step up? My gut tells me it sort of doesn't matter as long as it's a decent ski.

 

He's front-side only now, but envies the kids who ski trees. WAY above his pay grade for now though.

 

He's in leased Atomic Hawx boots, and has learned how to use the boot to power the ski.

 

Really helped get him closer to always on his edges.

 

Just for the sake of conversation, is there a decent junior ski out there I might want to think about?

 

He's light and small....weighs 70 pounds with bricks in his pockets, and he's maybe 4'9".

 

Cheers!

 

Alli

 

ps, not a chance on a pure park and pipe ski, but he can ride a bit of switch.

post #2 of 8

 My partners son was a fan of the K2 bad seed, I don't remember the specifications off hand and he has since switched to snowboarding. From memory they were bought longer because of the twin tip rocker, he was low intermediate when they were bought and a park rat fairly swiftly after, he used them a lot on indoor fridges in the UK.

 Might be worth a google and demo, maybe a parent will see your post and be able to add more.

post #3 of 8
Hi Allison,
I see a lot of groms skiing on Armada Coda, Salomon Shogun, and Volkl Gotama junior skis. I know that they are made in short lengths for your lighter son.

D.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

My partners son rides the Gotamas, never though of those for my guy.

 

His kid is way bigger and can muscle the skis really well.

 

Sheesh, can you even demo kid skis?

 

Never thought of that.

 

Thanks for the input!

 

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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Didn't think about a full-on twin-tip as he's not interested in the park scene, at all.

 

But he does like to go backwards....lol.

 

Thanks for the input!

 

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post #6 of 8
No prob.
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My 10 year old is riding the Gotama Jrs. for the second year in a row.  The cool thing about the Gotama Jr. is that it is a real, scaled-down version of the Gotama.  Real wood core construction, vertical sidewalls, etc. . . .  Even the same lightweight top sheet material that chips away at the edges - and makes them look trashy, cosmetically.  Unlike many other kids' skis, the Goat Jr. is more than a lightweight foam-core ski that shares only the top sheet design with the big kid ski. 

 

My son loves them both on hardpack and in the soft snow - at 80mm underfoot, at his size, it makes for a great powder/soft snow ski.  The difference in his confidence and performance in soft snow, 3D conditions has been really noticeable.  On the hard pack he is also continuing to improve and progress - so I don't think that the rocker-flat-rocker has had a negative effect on free skiing.  And at his size, I doubt that the lack of positive camber underfoot really makes all that much difference - I am sure that is a heretical statement in some quarters. . . but kids who don't race neither have the size nor ingrained muscle memory to really load up the camber.  On hardpack, he skis them the same way we'd ski a Goat (or a Cochise, for that matter) - he just rolls them from edge to edge and they seem to grip pretty well.  But we are in the PNW. . . not the east coast.  That might require a different set of specs.

 

Anyway, it has worked out well for us.  We passed the old ones down to our 7 year old son - and now he is killing it on the baby Goats.

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Originally Posted by LewyM View Post

My 10 year old is riding the Gotama Jrs. for the second year in a row.  The cool thing about the Gotama Jr. is that it is a real, scaled-down version of the Gotama.  Real wood core construction, vertical sidewalls, etc. . . .  Even the same lightweight top sheet material that chips away at the edges - and makes them look trashy, cosmetically.  Unlike many other kids' skis, the Goat Jr. is more than a lightweight foam-core ski that shares only the top sheet design with the big kid ski. 

 

My son loves them both on hardpack and in the soft snow - at 80mm underfoot, at his size, it makes for a great powder/soft snow ski.  The difference in his confidence and performance in soft snow, 3D conditions has been really noticeable.  On the hard pack he is also continuing to improve and progress - so I don't think that the rocker-flat-rocker has had a negative effect on free skiing.  And at his size, I doubt that the lack of positive camber underfoot really makes all that much difference - I am sure that is a heretical statement in some quarters. . . but kids who don't race neither have the size nor ingrained muscle memory to really load up the camber.  On hardpack, he skis them the same way we'd ski a Goat (or a Cochise, for that matter) - he just rolls them from edge to edge and they seem to grip pretty well.  But we are in the PNW. . . not the east coast.  That might require a different set of specs.

 

Anyway, it has worked out well for us.  We passed the old ones down to our 7 year old son - and now he is killing it on the baby Goats.

 

This nearly mirrors our experience with our tall, slim & lightweight nine year old DS. He loves them and his skills and confidence in any conditions have improved  out of sight. 

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