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4 kids. New skis house brand or ski patrol swap [tweens in Ontario]

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I have 4 kids close in age. We need skis and I am debating between house brand at level nine and Roces adjustable boots or head to ski patrol swap and get used. I really know nothing about skis so I am thinking of going new house brand route at 179 for boots and skis.

Anyone know anything about l 9 house brand (defiance).
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This depends on so many things. What age are your kids? How much have they skied? What terrain do they ski on? 

 

Kid's equipment is a good risk used, just because they grow out of it so fast. The skis may have some scuffs or cuts on the topsheets, usually from low speed close encounters with the other ski, but should be OK otherwise, and the bindings can be remounted/reused. Used boots are often fine, especially at a swap or from a store selling rentals where you can try them on. If they're fairly new to the sport, you can get good condition used kid's skis with bindings on fleabay for $30-$40. Typically the bindings have enough adjustment range to allow for growing feet or hand-downing. Little kid's boots can be had new for $40-$50. 

 

If they're older, skis won't be much more, say $50-$60. Boots will run about that, maybe up to $70.

 

If they're teens, then they should be making their own votes about gear; they'll hate whatever you choose.

 

If they already ski well enough to race or compete in freestyle, talk with their coach. If they're thinking about it, talk to someone who coaches. 

 

In all cases, the quality of the boots is more important than the quality of the skis. A couple of companies make all kids skis, just slap on different topsheets. No use in researching which is "best."

 

Have no clue about Level Nine's house brand, but their price seems steep. 

post #3 of 7

Oh yeah: Spend the money you save on used equipment getting lessons for them. Absolutely the best path, for them and for you. 

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Originally Posted by raff View Post

I have 4 kids close in age. We need skis and I am debating between house brand at level nine and Roces adjustable boots or head to ski patrol swap and get used. I really know nothing about skis so I am thinking of going new house brand route at 179 for boots and skis.

Anyone know anything about l 9 house brand (defiance).

What region are the kids going to ski the most?  How often (<10 days, 10-20, 20+) last season, this season?

post #5 of 7
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7 days last year our first year. Hoping for 10 to 15 this year.

Kids 9 9 11 and 13

WhAt i wAs asking self is how much cheaper can i find used kit than 179. Sounds like i can do it cheaper than that. We are in southern ontario and hope to ski here ellicotville and perhaps some long weekend trips in quebec.
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7 days last year our first year. Hoping for 10 to 15 this year.

Kids 9 9 11 and 13

WhAt i wAs asking self is how much cheaper can i find used kit than 179. Sounds like i can do it cheaper than that. We are in southern ontario and hope to ski here ellicotville and perhaps some long weekend trips in quebec.

At that age, not sure Roces boots make sense from what I've read.

 

Definitely worth checking out ski swaps.  Try to arrive early.  In my experience, the good stuff can go fast.  Trick is to make it clear to the kids that being picky about colors and graphics on skis or boots is not going to work.  If they want to look good, let them pick out their favorite colors for helmets or neck warmers.

 

May be worth getting slightly better gear for the older two, since can probably be used by a younger sibling later on.

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Spend the most $$ on the oldest kid's gear, and you can pass these skis down to the younger ones as the oldest grows out of them.  Spend the least on the youngest kids, as they will grow out of them quickly and no one left for hand-me-downs.

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