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Looking for advice on ski selection for my son.

post #1 of 8
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My son isn't a big kid, age 13 (14 next season), 5' 1", 95 lbs, and just short of an expert skier. Pretty much skis it all in Colorado, groomers, trees, powder, steep, a bit of park from time to time, everything up to double black, etc. Basically he and his friend hit the lift in the AM and we don't see them again until sweep. About the only thing at this point he doesn't ski is back country. Skis 35 to 45 days a year. If I can get 2 years out of these ski I'll be a happy camper. (Cut and paste from another post, but just want to get the conversation back where I need it). Something around 100mm under foot should work well I think.

 

After some research I’m considering a few skis: Aramda TST (165)/Tantrum (156) or the Edollo (158), Atomic Automatic 102 in 164cm, Icelandic Da’Nollie in 160cm, Blizzard Cochise Jr. in 160cm are some I am considering. I have read where the Armada TST line skis very short for what it’s worth.

 

Please if you have experience with any of these skis, opinions or other skis to take a look at please post.

 

Thanks

post #2 of 8
I think you are going too long. See the post (particularly the pic) I just finished in your other thread.

If you are trying to buy "for the future", I'd put off the purchase for another year, or buy something second hand in the right length that you won't mind replacing when he outgrows it in a couple years.
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If he's a strong, athletic, skilled skier, I don't think you're going too long.  Chances are whatever you get will be mounted a little forward from a traditional spot if he spends any time in the terrain park.  

 

The TST certainly does ski pretty short, much like the Rossignol Soul or Sin 7.  Lots of rocker and early taper.

 

Have you considered a Rossignol Slat?  It's designed pretty much specifically for what your son does on the mountain, and at his weight the 97mm waist will still float when there's soft snow.  I think he'd be pretty happy on a 161cm.

 

We recently wrote a review of the Slat (for comparison, I am 5'10" 150 lbs and was skiing the 181cm).

 

2016 Rossi Slat Review

 

I'll keep him in mind and come back and post again if another ski comes to mind.

post #4 of 8

Thought of another ski that I think your son would enjoy.  It's a new ski for Volkl this season, but has flown under the radar a little bit.  I think it's one of the best values out there right now:

 

2016 Volkl Revolt

post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks for suggestions, I am a bit worried about going too long. I'm hoping he gets to demo a ski or two before the season is over. One thought I had was to have him borrow a couple skis from his friends, it shouldn't be too difficult to find someone to set the bindings. Even if it's not the particular ski we buy, at least he'll get a chance to see how the longer ski works for him. While my son isn't a park rat, he does duck into the park on his way down. Ultimately I think his passion will eventually lead him to big mountain, he really gets a charge watching videos of guy ripping big lines after being helicoptered in.

 

As a point of reference, his friend who is 12, 4'5", 85lbs soaking wet, a true expert skier skis the Armada Tantrum in a 156cm and rails it.

 

Skiessentials - thanks the Slat looks promising


Edited by mizzn44 - 1/28/16 at 6:51am
post #6 of 8

Ski length get kind of tough for kids.  Some people go by height while other drive it off weight.  As a rule of thumb I say buy a ski shorter than the person.  But since he is an all mountain ripper, you can probably add 10cm to his height (155cm) can be fine.  

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I just bought solly rocker 2 jr 160 to my 12 year old(also 95lbs) Not tried yet but he now has 2 quiver so if they are long no big deal.I put some used guardians on.
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I just bought solly rocker 2 jr 160 to my 12 year old(also 95lbs) Not tried yet but he now has 2 quiver so if they are long no big deal.I put some used guardians on.

 

Pretty cool setup!  Wish I had that when I was 12...

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