Hi Ski Mom
The September Ski Mag has a list of Jr race gear reviews. Last years reviews are on the web at http://www.skimag.com/skimag/gear/ar...335278,00.html
I found these 3 models on eBay recently.
This is the Dynastar Omiglass 64 team, includes bindings for $99:
Dynastar Team Course 64
The 64 shines as a GS carving machine. It's easy to roll on edge for long, sweeping turns, and its construction provides a stable, solid ride. Testers can bend it for quick, short turns, but that takes work.
"Grippy and fun. Perfect for racers who love to carve and go fast." -Tyler
"Any radius, any speed. Could star in a movie: Mission: Possible. -David
This is the K2 Team SL, 136cm $99.00
My daughter uses the adult K2 Mach SL and finds it easy to use but very high performing.
Here is a review from Ski Mag:
120-140 cm, $150
Performance Factor 5
Fun Factor 5
Asked what this ski did worst, David responded, "nothing." The Patriot proved to be both fast and smooth in the gates, as well as easy to control and versatile all over the mountain. The testers thought it best suited to an advanced skier or better-someone who would appreciate its balanced feel and "need for speed." As Taylor said, "It does everything well, effortlessly. This ski improved my abilities."
Atomic SL:11 J
Size: 130, 140
The SL 11 takes the necessary ingredients of a great race ski-energy, precision, stability and a little craziness-and combines them in a rocket. More agile and controllable than a GS ski, it still has the stability and power needed for that discipline. It's heavy, especially with the Atomic binding, but ready to rule the race hill.
"So much energy and bite. All I had to do was tip it up. And if I really pushed, wow!" - Emma
"Best slalom ski I've ever been on. Just roll your ankles and arc." -David
(* Dimensions vary by length; these are for 130 cm.)
I found a pair of Atomic GS11 Jr: http://www.skimag.com/skimag/gear/ar...335278,00.html
Almost makes me wish I was a kid. The Atomic would be my first choice, followed by the K2. I've seen many Jr models on eBay recently. Search and you should find product in the $99.00 to 179.00 price range.
Hope that helps