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Dynastar my first skis for my 4 and 5 yrs old

post #1 of 16
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Hi All,

I had found some good price Dynastar my first skis, but they only come in with 67cm nad 80cm, my kids are 39inches - 32 pounds ,42 inches tall - 36 pound repectively. I'm not too sure these will be too short for them when winter comes. The skis should be right at their chest, I saw some post suggest the skis should be about chin height I want to get them but not too sure if they are right for them. The both only skis once before and was using 80cm and 90cm last time when we rent the skis. Hope you guys can help me to clear this out.

Thanks,
Reg.
post #2 of 16
I think chin height is too big. At thier age somewhere around the sternum is a good height. A lot of shops will want you to go too big. I had my daughter in a ski shop the other day (looking at a bike for her mom) and went over to the ski rack with her to see what top sheets she likes (that's what really matters ), and the owner was suggesting a 110, while I would have her on an 80. This is for a 3.5 y.o., a tall one, but still. Now I know where all of the too big skis come from when I am teaching the little ones.
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by epic
I think chin height is too big. At thier age somewhere around the sternum is a good height. A lot of shops will want you to go too big. I had my daughter in a ski shop the other day (looking at a bike for her mom) and went over to the ski rack with her to see what top sheets she likes (that's what really matters ), and the owner was suggesting a 110, while I would have her on an 80. This is for a 3.5 y.o., a tall one, but still. Now I know where all of the too big skis come from when I am teaching the little ones.
Hi Epic,

So I'm getting the 67cm and 80cm for my 2 kids will be good. Both skis are up to right below chest. By the way, how tall is your 3.5 years old?

Thanks,
Reg.
post #4 of 16
Umm... about waist high. She's at her grandma's house right now or I'd measure her. For what it's worth, I think her 67 cm Rossi's are the same ski as the Dynastar, and worked out great for her last year.
post #5 of 16
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Hi Epic,

If I decide to buy, will the 80cm good for my 5 years old she is 41.5 inches tall and the 67cm for my 4 years old she is 38.5 inches tall. Both are at chest high. And I also know only will last them for a year but the price is pretty good 70USD include binding. Should I go for them or not?


Thanks,
Reg.
post #6 of 16
At their ages I'd say they should be fine. The 67 cm will probably look really tiny given the 4 year old's height, but they should be just fine. Generally speaking, the main advantage of longer skis is that they are more stable at high speeds, which is something rarely encountered by skiers that age. Shorter skis will be so much easier for them to maneuver and become comfortable with, and even be lighter and easier to carry to/from the car (even little things like that can go a long way to making them happier for the day). I'd say pull the trigger.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Singel
At their ages I'd say they should be fine. The 67 cm will probably look really tiny given the 4 year old's height, but they should be just fine. Generally speaking, the main advantage of longer skis is that they are more stable at high speeds, which is something rarely encountered by skiers that age. Shorter skis will be so much easier for them to maneuver and become comfortable with, and even be lighter and easier to carry to/from the car (even little things like that can go a long way to making them happier for the day). I'd say pull the trigger.
Hi Singel,

Thanks for the response, the 67cm looking really tiny for her even she is short too. But last year she is on a 80cm rental for one time and only skis she had try, she was struggle a little bit. I think I will pull the trigger since the price is too good, about 70USD which is include binding. I will still wait for epic to meascure his girl first.

Thanks,
Reg.
post #8 of 16
I didn't see your response there rwong. I'll measure her tomorrow. I think she has outgrown her 67s, but she is only 3 1/2 and I wouldn't be afraid to let her ski on them again. She put 50 days on them last year, so they've certainly earned thier keep.
post #9 of 16
From a different thread....
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Originally Posted by alpinedad
I have six-year-old twins, who were five during last season. At the start of the season, the shorter one was about 45" and the taller one 48". We put them on season-long rentals, the shorter on 100s and the taller on 110s. If we were buying, we might've gone the next size up, but if they needed to move up mid-season, we could do that for free, so it was a no-brainer.

They're now about an inch or two taller than they were. Their respective quivers for the coming year are 110 Volkl Vertigos and 119 K2 Juvys for the shorter one, and 120 Rossi Xis and 131 Fischer Riu Jrs for the taller. They actually broke in the Juvys and Rius over July 4th weekend, and they were a little long for them for the first couple of hours, but they settled in quickly; I think they'll be perfect for next year.

For comparison's sake, they started the season skiing blues, and ended it on single-blacks and some off-piste, all at Alpine Meadows except July 4th at Mammoth.
I would be wary of buying a pair of skis that are already only chest high. That's one season of use, max.

Have you thought about a season-long rental, especially from somewhere that lets you trade up midseason if necessary?
post #10 of 16
I measured her today. She is 41" and 40 lbs. The 67cm ski comes up to about an inch below her sternum. So I think you are probably right on with those sizes of skis.
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by alpinedad
From a different thread....

I would be wary of buying a pair of skis that are already only chest high. That's one season of use, max.

Have you thought about a season-long rental, especially from somewhere that lets you trade up midseason if necessary?
Thanks alpinedad, I read that already. I know this only can use for one season, but the price is just too attractive. After the season, I can sell it for may be half of the price. But I'm still looking. Rental for a season is about 200-300 dollars, I need to get boots too it should be about 2/3 or half price if I buy instead of rent. And season here is only 8 - 12 weeks. So this price is worth to get it rather than line up for rental everytime.

Thanks,
Reg.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by rwong
And season here is only 8 - 12 weeks.
Yikes! Where is that?
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by rwong
Rental for a season is about 200-300 dollars, I need to get boots too it should be about 2/3 or half price if I buy instead of rent. And season here is only 8 - 12 weeks. So this price is worth to get it rather than line up for rental everytime.
I think you may not have understood me.

Many shops will do a single rental for the entire season. You pick up the gear in November or December, and drop it off in March or April. Total cost should be $100 or so.

I don't know where you live, but I'd call a few ski shops and ask. They may not even list season rentals on the official price list, but they may be willing to do it.

The nutshell is that you avoid the morning wait for rentals, cut your costs significantly, and pay some fraction (usually 1/2 or 1/3) of the cost of the gear. It's a good deal, at least until your kids progress enough to justify something other than the generic beginner/intermediate skis that are sold for younger kids' use.

This may have been mentioned before, but if you're going to buy, look for a shop that will credit you next season if you bring the kids' gear back and buy bigger gear. The shop I bought our first kids' skis from gives you a credit of half what you paid if you bring them back after a season, a third if you bring them back after two. Even if you get a "better deal" elsewhere, it may be worth it in the long run.

Hope this helps.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by epic
Yikes! Where is that?
Hi Epic,

I'm at Toronto Canada, sking won't start after Christmas, and will end at mid March. So if I only can go in the weekend, there is not too many times we can go.

Reg.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by alpinedad
I think you may not have understood me.

Many shops will do a single rental for the entire season. You pick up the gear in November or December, and drop it off in March or April. Total cost should be $100 or so.

I don't know where you live, but I'd call a few ski shops and ask. They may not even list season rentals on the official price list, but they may be willing to do it.

The nutshell is that you avoid the morning wait for rentals, cut your costs significantly, and pay some fraction (usually 1/2 or 1/3) of the cost of the gear. It's a good deal, at least until your kids progress enough to justify something other than the generic beginner/intermediate skis that are sold for younger kids' use.

This may have been mentioned before, but if you're going to buy, look for a shop that will credit you next season if you bring the kids' gear back and buy bigger gear. The shop I bought our first kids' skis from gives you a credit of half what you paid if you bring them back after a season, a third if you bring them back after two. Even if you get a "better deal" elsewhere, it may be worth it in the long run.

Hope this helps.
Hi alpinedad,

I fully understand what you say, but in Toronto price is pretty high for both rental and buying. Yes they do have some buy back half price program, I will go for it for the boots since I only want to buy them right before they start. And season rental is not that cheap either. I will do more research since that is no rush it is still August.

Thanks,
Reg.
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by rwong
Hi alpinedad,

I fully understand what you say, but in Toronto price is pretty high for both rental and buying. Yes they do have some buy back half price program, I will go for it for the boots since I only want to buy them right before they start. And season rental is not that cheap either. I will do more research since that is no rush it is still August.

Thanks,
Reg.
Sorry, then. Your mention to lining up each morning threw me off.
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