Originally Posted by Ski-Dad
The SX11 wouldn't be an ideal ski for running gates, particularily in contrast to the GS11. If you are in the Atomic line up, I think he would be better off with either the Sl:9 or SL:11 if you are keeping to one pair for both slalom and gs events. It is much easier to use a slalom ski on a gs course than a gs on a slalom course.
Also consider the Volkl P60 (or its predecessor the P50) in the SC or SL version. There are often good deals on used setups of these on Ebay. I would also look at the Rossi 9S or Fischer SC
There are some great deals out there on kids race skis if you pick up last years model, or even better a used pair that were well looked after. Keep to the junior versions based on your description of his ability. The last thing you want is a small adult ski that is too stiff. Made that mistake when buying a pair of used Sl:9s for my junior gal racer. I then went ought and bought a new junior version.
How old is he and what is height and weight?
Thanks for the input. I believe that the SX11 and GS8 have the same geometry and turn radius. That is why I think they are the same ski which is common in junior lines.
My grandson is 11 and 140 in a combi ski (junior) is a good length for him. If he starts more serious racing next year then we will have to consider 2 skis. He carves his turns well now and is good on a gs type course. He has not had a lot of sl training so that will probably be a focus this year. His skis for the past 2 seasons were Volkl Supersport jr, 128cm.
I work in a shop for 30 years and have access to reasonable equipment costs for the family. Coached for many years but have been out of it for 20 years and let the young guys who took over my program do it. I am the chief equipment procurer and driver now. Great fun to see the next gen start to race.