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New boots for Emily 8 years old

post #1 of 12
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Last year my granddaughter learned to stop and turn in just a few lessons. I hope someday she will be my new ski buddy. I had her shell fit in a very soft two buckle boot This year she's moved up in size and I have a pair of diabello three buckle that are very stiff to me. I'm worried that she won't be able to flex the boot but maybe a child her age it doesn't matter. Should I get a softer boot?
post #2 of 12
Can she flex her ankle in the boot?
post #3 of 12
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She will be here Saturday and I can check her. If she cannot you recommend me getting a softer boot? This boot is very stiff looking and feeling. I think it's the type of plastic.
post #4 of 12

check with boot fitter, may be he/she could cut the boot and make it softer?

post #5 of 12

Kids should be in kids boots..  Check the Roces boots out.  They're available at several locations or via the internet.  They're expandable so you can use them more than one season as kids feet grow fast and they're designed for kids.  If the boots are stiff for an adult they're way to stuff for a kid.

 

http://www.roces-snow.com/

post #6 of 12

Shell fitting a small child can be difficult because you don't really know if their toe is lightly touching or crunched up against the front of the shell. Instead pull the footbed/insole out of the boot and have the child stand on that and then you will see exactly how much room there is or isn't.

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Thank you for the help. I'm still trying to find out about the flex.
Should a child be able to flex the boot?
post #8 of 12

you may be underestimating the muscle power of kids especially if you haven't seen her in awhile.  

 

It's hard to test the flex by hand, versus if you've got the boot on your foot.

post #9 of 12
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Thank you for the help. I'm still trying to find out about the flex.
Should a child be able to flex the boot?

Good gosh, yes. I'm worried about you here... Please just take her to a shop for a quick evaluation, or at least have someone help you that knows what they're doing.
post #10 of 12
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Thank you.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by levy1 View Post

Last year my granddaughter learned to stop and turn in just a few lessons. I hope someday she will be my new ski buddy. I had her shell fit in a very soft two buckle boot This year she's moved up in size and I have a pair of diabello three buckle that are very stiff to me. I'm worried that she won't be able to flex the boot but maybe a child her age it doesn't matter. Should I get a softer boot?


Perhaps not relevant to your question but:  Here in my area most area shops recommend either one of two programs for kids:

1)  Buy with the option of trading-in at the end of the year.

2)  Leasing for the year -- which allows for trading in at any time if there is a problem with fit or performance.

 

None of them recommend an out right purchase of equipment for kids.   I tend to favor leasing -- particularly for a new skier who will not only be growing physically but in skill level as well.

 

Also, I would recommend for kids, especially a new skier, the emphasis should be on whatever helps her have FUN!   She won't care about performance.   She'll only be your ski buddy if SHE feels safe and is having fun -- and her idea of safe & fun may be very very different than yours.   Listen to her more than yourself or the experts.  That might include pink boots with LED lights regardless of how stiff they are...

post #12 of 12
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Found a nice 2 buckle boot and a 120 ski for her. She has everything now. I just need to get her a .5/3 tune and she will be ready to go.:D 

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