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Learning and improving on rental vs new equipment? [tween kids - A Beginner Zone thread]

post #1 of 4
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My 8 and 10 yo kids have been skiing for a few seasons now -- taking 5-6 private lessons each season -- and are starting to get decent.

 

Is there a significant difference in learning on new equipment vs. rental equipment?  Would one progress faster on new equipment since they'd be theoretically "better" than rentals?

 

 
How much does equipment contribute to (or hamper) learning? I'm weighing the benefit of new skis and faster learning versus the cost of replacing equipment in growing kids.
post #2 of 4
really won't make too much of a difference unless it affects their comfort. or if their boots are super big and their feet moves around or if the skis are too long (neither of which is an exclusive prob to rentals or new equipment). it seems once its up to certain standards it is not making that much difference.

on the other hand kids equipment is pretty inexpensive relative to gas, lodging, lift tickets, private lessons. It might be worth the motivation and joy alone to have some equipment with cool graphics they pick out. boys seem to really like those neon colors that light up the snow. some retailers also do 50% trade in for new items you buy there as well for kids.
post #3 of 4
I'd shop around for used gear. My kids own their gear but everything was bought at either a tent sale or ski swap. I tend to think they will do better in the their own gear as long as its the appropriate size for them. I also sold their old gear back at ski swaps and did ok.
post #4 of 4

I agree with option 3, used equipment. Rental equipment is almost universally poor fitting, the boots are either extremely loose or extremely painful.. or both! Neither of those situations leads to effective skiing or an enjoyable day. Hit up ski swaps, consignment gear shops, that kind of thing, and get your kids some decent used gear. 

 

A reputable ski shop with a used section, or a well established ski swap is best, and then to be safe always go and have the equipment checked at a good shop. Bindings do have an "expiration date" so to speak, at least a date after which shops won't work on them anymore. Boots also can get worn down and unsafe. So always check after you buy. 

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