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Can anyone help? I'm looking to outfit my 11 y/o daughter with eqpt. She has an excellent pair of boots. I'm looking into skis. My question: She is large for her age--almost 5'1" and 135 lbs. She already wears a ladies size 8 shoe. This is only her 2nd year, so she in not very aggressive-really still getting her ski-legs. Should I buy "Junior" skis or a soft "Ladies" ski. I would like to stay short for her-max 140cm, but I am afraid that the Junior gear may not be right for her weight. By the same token its hard to find adult gear that short. Anyone with knowledge/experience?

post #2 of 8
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Sorry, Question two. Her Din setting is 3. Do I need to get Jr. bindings or is it OK to get a DIN 3-10 Adult binding and set it on 3, I always hear your binding should be set in the middle of its range. How important is this? Safety is of course my nain concern.
Thanks again.
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My kid is ten, is 5'0", and uses the Fischer junior slalom ski. It works very well and is relatively inexpensive. Their are two pairs of these listed for sale in the classifieds.

135 is at the upper end of the right weight for a junior ski. It will still be fine particularly in a GS sidecut.

[ December 06, 2003, 08:45 PM: Message edited by: Rusty Guy ]
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You almost have to have a crystal ball. She's a kid and it's hard to predict the future but you have a few factors to consider ... all have pros and cons.

Her rate of growth and "family tendencies".

How does she like/will like skiing?

Your budget.

Most good shops have a program that is on two tiers, "high end gear" and "low end gear" season rentals. At the low end you may get very basic boots with few adjustments, the skis may be straight. At the high end you will get better boots and the choice of skis is usually much better. Equipment may be used or new in both groups.

Most seasonal rentals have a provision for growth and ability changes. You can upgrade during the season or as the foot or body mass increases.

My son took to skiing like a duck to water. He is the ultimate money pit at 13. Two pair of new skis every year (GS & SL), he's on his second pair of boots since August. But he wears the stuff out and skis about four times a week. What could be finer?
post #5 of 8
Originally posted by RiDeC58:
Her Din setting is 3. Do I need to get Jr. bindings or is it OK to get a DIN 3-10 Adult binding and set it on 3 . . .

Have you made a mistake in your daughter's description? At 5'1" and 135 pounds, her DIN - without accounting for ability or boot sole length - starts a 4.5 and would increase from there based on ability and boot sole length.

You may want to look at a junior or adult binding that has a DIN range of 3-10.

The ski's going to be a tougher choice. My daughter is also eleven and is also 5'1"; but, at stick-figure-like 86 pounds, I put her on a Volkl (I know, what a surprise) junior SuperSport in a 148.

If you interested, I have a 148 junior slalom available and I may have a binding as well. I bought a pair of Heads for my niece - at one of the Labor Day sales I was working - in a 140 that would be a very good consideration. I'll find out what model they are and get back to you.

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Dear Inspector. Thanks for your thoughts. I'm pretty sure about the DIN setting. I used this web site: http://home.online.no/~stigbye/skiin...setting-1.html

Perhaps it is incorrect. Please let me know what you think but following the steps for her age size and ability (Level I), I come up with 3.
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
Yuki and Rusty thnks for your thought also. I will check the Class. Ads. I have a line on a pair of Dynastar SkiCross JR. in 140 at a good price. What does anyone feel about that ski?
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I wouldn't say the information on the website you used is erroneous. Nor am I saying you're a galaxy away from accuracy. But, when reading a DIN chart, if there is a discrepancy between height and weight - as there is with your daughter - you use the line that is closer to the top of the chart.

  • Your daughter's height = line I</font>
  • Your daughter's weight = line J</font>
For a Type I skier, you stay on the applicable line for height and/or weight. Line I in this example.
For a Type II skier, you move down one line from the initial line.
For a Type III skier, you move down two lines from the initial line.
  • You then select DIN - on the respective line - based on boot sole length. For instance, my boot sole length of 294mm, on the line (I) that applies to your daugher would net a DIN of 3.5.</font>
  • If your little [img]graemlins/angel.gif[/img] has a boot sole length of 331mm or greater, her DIN would, in fact, be three.</font>
Either way, we're not talking gigantic differences here; but Type I skiers are typically more release oriented whereas Type III skiers are typically more retention oriented.

edited to say that the Heads are C90's with Tyrolia SL 70 bindings. I bought both for $140, mounted. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

[ December 07, 2003, 03:02 PM: Message edited by: Inspector Gadget ]
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