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post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 
I saw a deal on a pair of Rossignol T-power Saphirs (women's ski) with demo bindings in a 140cm which I was thinking of picking up for my daughter who is 150cm and 77lbs. I'm wondering if this would be too much ski for her or should I stick to the kids ski's. Also is there a difference between the specs on adult vs junior bindings other than the din settings. I notice a junior boot sole has difference dimensions on the toe and heel ends vs an adult boot. Would a junior boot work in an adult binding?
post #2 of 6
How old is she, and how aggressive of a skier is she??

This season we put my younger brother(14 years old) on 160cm rossignol t-power vipers. He is an advanced/expert skier and weighs about 120 pounds. He was on 150cm Salomon XScream Teams which he handled just fine and were good for him to learn to carve and use his edges. They also were able to let him learn to rely on his skiing technique rather than just having a ski that would hold an edge no matter what he did on it. He also learned to ski bumps as well as most adults on these skis, and they worked juts fine until he was ready for a heavier more aggressive ski, but 2 years ago if you asked me if he should be on that kind of ski i would have laughed at you.
Hope that helps.
GREG
post #3 of 6
I think all parents should buy adult gear for their kids, I mean, after all my son is more aggressive and progresses faster than anyone else's kid. Doesn't your daughter?

The basic averages and laws of child development just don't apply to my boy because he's so special. Isn't that the case for your girl?

Besides. I don't want to have to spend more money on him next year so I want him to get a few years out of the equipment. I buy him boots three sizes too big, and since he's gonna be on the U.S. development team by the time they actually fit I get them at full WC race stiffness.
post #4 of 6
My son is 11 (jr. racer) and has been on adult bindings for one season now .... he's 78 pounds. The shops have indicated no problems putting kids in adult bindings.

I can't imagine how good a deal that ski can be when compared to the price of good kids skis. I'd pay real close attention to your daughters ability vs the flex of the ski. If she can't bend it what good is it? Is it stiffer than a kids race ski in a comparable 140........ and how wide is the waist?
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the feedback. I asked a local tech about using junior boots in an adult binding. Apparently, it will work fine if the boot toe/heel is the same width as an adult boot. Some of the smaller junior boots have quite a bit narrower boot/heel, which require a junior binding to hold properly.

The ROSSIGNOL T-Power Saphir, that I was looking at was an all mountain lady Advanced ski with 105/72/92 in a 140cm. The ski was quite soft flexing being a women's ski, seems to be equivalent in flex to a performance jr ski. The dimensions are quite wide, probably a bit much for her size. It seems like a good deal ($160 with demo bindings).
post #6 of 6
I would be careful of the weight of the demo bindings, only weighing 70 some pounds is pretty risky to go with that much of a ski and that heavy of a bindings. She may be an excellent skier but only at 77lbs she isnt going to be a powerful skier yet. Jr race skis are made very well these days. I was able to ski on my brothers xscream last year, and i had them holding an edge just fine (although he didnt want to give my tpower vipers back). Shops will often try to push skis that they say you or your children will gron into, but in the long run it isnt worth it to put them on a ski that is too difficult for them to ski on, because then they end hating the sport or getting hurt. For her weight, any jr race model with a salomon quad 500 bindings or something comparable, will be good for her for at least 2 seasons.
GREG
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