Let's have a thread on this. What is out there? There are a lot of skis that are merely badge engineered (hey, let's take that old ski and call it an S7, Bentchetler, whatever without changing a thing), but there are some skis now with modern shapes and or camber profiles.
I've had my 10 year-old on Volkl Gotamas for the last 3 years as those were the first ones that we came across. The Goats are pretty analogous to their parents - full reverse camber (low rise), with traditional shape, 80mm waist. Volkl now offers teh Shiro in smaller sizes too 100mm waist, shape and profile looks the same as the adult ski.
With my daughter having outgrown her 2nd pair of Goats, we've been on the lookout for something new. Armadas Tantrum was a contender. Basically, it is a kid's TST. Nice shape and camber profile, but seemed a bit wide for her only non race-ski.
Yesterday we got her out on a demo pair of Volkl Kenjas in a 149. The line between kid ski and adult ski can blur, so we gave em a try. She actually really liked the ski, but we wanted something with more than just marketing rocker, and with the metal, it was more of a "charger" than a slithery tree ski. So we went shopping around town, and Mr. Whiteroom steered us toward a Faction Agent 90W which also happens to be available in a 149.
What other skis live in this category, and why don't more manufacturers take this seriously? No Flipcore kid's skis? WTF? How many of those would they sell?