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Advice on best quality,affordable all mountain twin skis/boots for 12 y/o boy going on 20-fearless skier!

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My son is 12, 5'2",100 lbs, avid skier,fearless and fast. We live in Portland OR so mostly ski at Mt. Hood, Bachelor. Every December we ski at Big Ski, Montana and Grand Targhee, Wyoming. If you  know the terrain at Mt. Hood we are blessed with icy conditions so he has done most of his learning here. He's been skiing for about 5 years, more aggressively the last 3 yrs.

 

I've sold his gear from last year and looking to replace them.

 

He says he wants All Mountain Twins ... I've done some research on this and wow, these are spendy skis! Personally I don't have much knowledge about all this gear so need some advice on what my son really needs as opposed to what he really wants. 

 

Thank you!

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Originally Posted by pacificnw View Post
 

My son is 12, 5'2",100 lbs, avid skier,fearless and fast. We live in Portland OR so mostly ski at Mt. Hood, Bachelor. Every December we ski at Big Ski, Montana and Grand Targhee, Wyoming. If you  know the terrain at Mt. Hood we are blessed with icy conditions so he has done most of his learning here. He's been skiing for about 5 years, more aggressively the last 3 yrs.

 

I've sold his gear from last year and looking to replace them.

 

He says he wants All Mountain Twins ... I've done some research on this and wow, these are spendy skis! Personally I don't have much knowledge about all this gear so need some advice on what my son really needs as opposed to what he really wants. 

 

Thank you!

I'm not sure you ski at the same Mt Hood as me. Icy?

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I just purchased a boot/ski set up for my 11yr old.  Found Volkl Gotama Jr skis at REI online for $120.  I also bought Technica Bodacious 65 Jr. boots.  The boots I purchased from a local specialty shop for a little more $, but wanted the service.  I see them online for $120 as well.  Found Marker Free 7.0 bindings for $75 to round out the set.  Just over $300 for the full set felt like a pretty good deal.  Also, will be passed on to 3 siblings, so in the end I'll get plenty of years & ski days out of the investment.  It'll be interesting to see how he skis on a rockered ski vs. camber for the first time.  I'm not going to say anything and just sit back & watch what happens & how he adapts.  After a few days, maybe I'll post a 'review' for others to use.  I found very little info on the skis that was useful other than specs & marketing.

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Since you're in Portland, you may want to rely on the expertise of the myriad local shops there. To save some $, you can look for last year's demos on sale. 

From personal experience: my 12-yr old has skied the past 2 winters on a set of Salomon Lords that he completely loves. I'd look for something around 90mm in the waist with a smooth flex pattern (like the Lords). Lots of good skis out there in this category. Try using Google to find last year's closeouts & demos on the skis of your choice.

Does he have his own boots? I would consider boots much more important than skis since a good fit is critical & good demo skis are available at practically every ski area in the states.

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I'm watching this thread as well since I'm looking to get similar skis for my 13 yr/boy. Fearless, skis everything frontside, likes to ski switch and run through the park on occaision. We've been renting twins the past couple years and I'd like to just buy a pair this year that he can then pass to his brother when he grows out of them.

Anyway, L9 seems to have killer deals, and includes mounting the bindings for free (purchased from them).
I'm looking at these:

http://www.levelninesports.com/Rossignol-Smash-7-Powder-Skis

These appear to be like the Sprayer only on a 90mm platform.

Good luck!
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My then 12 year old son was on those Rossi Sprayers last season. He's not fearless, but enjoyed the skis just the same. Hoping they are not too short to get one more season out of them.

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Sorry, I missed that he needed boots, too. As far as the boots are concerned, you really need to take him to a reputable shop to be properly fitted. A good bootfitter (should) be able to find the right boot for his type of foot & skiing style.

I've had good luck with Full Tilt boots - I really like their smooth flex & custom-molded Intuition liner. But a custom-fit liner may not work beyond a single season for a teenager whose feet are still growing. A conventional liner may pack out enough for him to get a couple seasons out of one boot.

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Sorry, I missed that he needed boots, too. As far as the boots are concerned, you really need to take him to a reputable shop to be properly fitted. A good bootfitter (should) be able to find the right boot for his type of foot & skiing style.

I've had good luck with Full Tilt boots - I really like their smooth flex & custom-molded Intuition liner. But a custom-fit liner may not work beyond a single season for a teenager whose feet are still growing. A conventional liner may pack out enough for him to get a couple seasons out of one boot.


Ok, but that's not the question he asked. Don't mindlessly puppet the standard "bootfitter" response when that was not what the OP was looking for.

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Why would I offer suggestions for something as personalized/specific as ski boots to someone else? I have no idea what his foot looks like or what boot might work for his needs.

I did offer that I've had positive experiences with Full Tilt boots and why they worked for ME. But if they don't fit his foot and skiing style, the point is moot. 

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These are probably too long for him @ 100 lbs, but I'm not sure what he skis on now:

http://www.geartrade.com/item/340851/rocker-2-90-ski-blackwhitered-177cm-good

 

The Rocker 90 got some great reviews last year. 

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These are probably too long for him @ 100 lbs, but I'm not sure what he skis on now:
http://www.geartrade.com/item/340851/rocker-2-90-ski-blackwhitered-177cm-good

The Rocker 90 got some great reviews last year. 

The boy is 12, 5'2", 100lbs.
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