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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I have been looking around for Junior Skis for the past couple of weeks and like adult skis, the selection is somewhat vast. Well, maybe not as vast.

At any rate, the length that I am looking for is 110 cm and it is for my little girl. Keeping that in mind, I found a ski that I think is going to be hit. It is the Dynastar Team Girl (05 shaped ski) and it is PURPLE. Purple and pink are good!

The best price that I found for this ski is $84 with free shipping. I am thinking about putting on the Marker junior bindings from REI ($40 - $60). From what I read, the Marker seems to have a little bit more safety features than the plain 'Rossi Competion something' for $30.

My questions and comments:

1- This might sound stupid, but here it goes. For junior / kid's skis (100 - 120 cm) is there that much difference among different brands and models.

2- All of the skis (100 - 110) that I am looking at are described as for the 'beginner, aspiring carver, intermediate, etc. Aren't most 7 year old kids aspiring carvers, beginner/intermediate skiers?

3- Is $130 too much money for skis for a 7 year old? I am hoping to get 2 seasons out of these skis.

Any comments, suggestions will be greatly appreciate it.

Thanks in advance
post #2 of 11
Where did you find these skis? My 7yr old daughter would love a pair of purple skis.

To answer your questions

1. It depends - the Rossi race skis in 120cm length have a much different geometry than an all mountain ski, and some skis are stiffer than others.
2. yes
3. no.
post #3 of 11
My 7 year old bought (With his own hard earned money) a pair of fischer Race 4 in 130cm. He loves them. They were $140 mounted & tuned. You seem to be right on track.
post #4 of 11
Epicski store, http://www.snowshack.com has junior volkl's for girls and boys...with bindings included (motion system) and on sale right now!
post #5 of 11
My daughter is 9 almost 10. She skis on 135 Rossi Bandits right now, but I am looking at those Purple Dynastars as well for her. I am concerned moving her up to 150 might be premature though. She became one of those Mad River kids last year who giggles as she skis over exposed rock....

Alfonse
post #6 of 11
Skis are not a huge issue. Just avoid a huge sidecut, and make sure that the bindings are ok.

By that, I mean don't go for the lowest model binding if she has large feet. Some have experience premature release when using the lowest model bindings on large feet.

My 7 y.o. daughter was getting her second pair of skis, and was given a binding one model up since she had adult size 6 feet. (Aximum 70 as opposed to Comp Jr.)

Hope that helps
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Sorry for the late reply. I thought I replied a while ago but I never did.

The Purple Dynastars are available through several online dealers and on Ebay. Do a search for Dynastars Team Girl.

I kind of like the purple skis because, you know, they are purple. However the only thing that is making me hold back is the binding set up. The bindings will have to be installed like adult bindings, meaning that they have a limited boot size range. Additionally, the local shop around here wants $75 to mount 'non-store-bought' equipment and I have no idea how fast her foot is going to grow.

The Volks seem more attractive due to the 'in-motion' type bindings and the ability to fit any boot size (according to the ad). But, they are NOT purple!

Question on ski length. She is about 56" (today) in height and according to the charts she should be on 130's. However, she has skied about 5 times and is quickly progressing but she was skiing on 100's rentals. She has started to make 'S' going done the hill and will do a turn to stop. She did have a hard time untangling her skis when she fell. I am kind of concerned about a ski that is too long and more inclined to go for 110's.
Comments?
post #8 of 11
I'm not an expert on equipment but I'm an involved parent who has been skiing with and shopping equipment for my kids for 7-8 years now. So, here is my two cents...

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Originally Posted by yuyax
1- This might sound stupid, but here it goes. For junior / kid's skis (100 - 120 cm) is there that much difference among different brands and models.
I would say for this size range, all the difference you'll be seeing is the shape design (straight, shaped, supershaped, etc). The manufacturers don't get into anything other than basic construction until at least 125cm (very few) or longer (for kids a bit older). Even then, it is still far less in design and material than you would find in the adult's counterpart.

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Originally Posted by yuyax
2- All of the skis (100 - 110) that I am looking at are described as for the 'beginner, aspiring carver, intermediate, etc. Aren't most 7 year old kids aspiring carvers, beginner/intermediate skiers?
The term "aspiring" is pretty subjective, isn't it? To me, I would say these are causual skiers who range from the very beginners to who go a hand full of times a year (say up to mid-blue skillwise). 8-year old advanced skiers are very rare and 7-year old ones are probably non-existent.

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Originally Posted by yuyax
3- Is $130 too much money for skis for a 7 year old? I am hoping to get 2 seasons out of these skis.
For used, definitely yes but new no - especially when the skis are adjusted and all ready to go. With today's technology and techniques, you can for sure stretch a pair of skis over two years. However, if he/she is to ski at a regular basis, it may become a bit slow for him/her in the second year. Everyone has an opinion to whether buy or rent. Either way FYI resell value is usually quite high for kid's equipment if they are in good shape and not outdated.
post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by yuyax
Additionally, the local shop around here wants $75 to mount 'non-store-bought' equipment and I have no idea how fast her foot is going to grow.?
Based on that, if you want to put together your own set up, you may not have a choice but to go local. Otherwise, here is a reputable souce for you to consider: http://www.untracked.com/catid-26.html. I think shipping is included.

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Originally Posted by yuyax
Question on ski length. She is about 56" (today) in height and according to the charts she should be on 130's.
Wow, she is a tall one, isn't she?

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Originally Posted by yuyax
She did have a hard time untangling her skis when she fell. I am kind of concerned about a ski that is too long and more inclined to go for 110's. Comments?
The getting up part just needs practice, for kids who are 5yo (maybe 6yo) and up. And, as for ski length, she can definitely handle something much longer than 110. It'll be OK though if she prefers to be a bit slower.
post #10 of 11
The buying advice I received from a good shop (Skiis & Biikes in Toronto, Ontario) for my seven year old daughter last fall was this:

Kids ski lengths with shaped skis generally should be anywhere from shoulders to eyes. Aside from height, other factors are weight, strength and skill. If she is skinny / beginning go closer to the shoulders, if she is heavy /strong / aggressive go closer to the eyes.

I heard the same words from the ski school director.

I followed that advice and my daughter had a great year.

If you go to long you thwart learning and fun which is key for a seven year old beginner.

Your other problem is knowing how much she will grow by next fall.

Happy spending.
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Hi,

Thank you for the great responses and feedback.

Well, I was able to find a brand new pair of 124cm K2 Luv Bugs girl skis and Marker M450 bindings at REI for about $85. It is not purple but it has a nice bright yellow background with red flowers.

I have been checking in the REI site almost every day and if you are lucky enough, the sale items might show up again. I am guessing returns or stock from other stores are finally make it back to the warehouse.

Currently, REI has Rossignol X II (junior) skis and the K2 Luv Bug in 136. Lots of Marker and Rossignol junior bindings.

Good luck and check out rei.com for new items for sale.

YMMV
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