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Junior vs Senior race skis

post #1 of 4
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I am thinking about picking up some cheap end of year skis for my son for next season. He will be a first year J3, and i expect him to be about 130 pounds and 165-170 cm tall. I am thinking about getting him some GS skis at 165-170 cm and some slalom skis about 150.

My question is, you can buy both senior (racecarver, not race stock) and junior skis at those lengths. The radii are pretty similar, though the senior skis tend to be a 2-4 mm wider throughout. The junior skis tend to be cheaper, but harder to find in these lengths.

Any thoughts on which way to go? USSA equipment rules dont apply for another two years.


post #2 of 4
I think are right with the lengths. You will want to increase length the following year as he'll need to be on 180's the year after next. So next year you will be out of the junior sizes. So with that expense in mind, go with jr's that are in real good shape for the sake of price.

That's my humble opinion.

post #3 of 4
I would go with a junior ski, the reason being that junior skis are made for high-performance racers your son's age, while an adult race carver is made for a crappier skier who's much heavier. The flex of the junior ski will be more appropriate and will provide a better segue to an adult race stock ski.
post #4 of 4
I'd pick up those junior skis for the primary race skis. No use in putting them on something they're not ready for.

You could also possibly pick up a pair of longer, straighter skis in a softer flex (i.e. consumer Atomic LT11s) in a 170-175 length at a ski swap or from another racer to use as a bridge between the junior skis and the adult skis. Many junior race skis have a LOT of sidecut, and making the jump from a short, turny ski to a longer, straighter ski can be tough for some kids. Giving them something to play around with that smooths that transition might be a good idea.

As always, talk to the team's head coach. They should have a firm understanding of your child's needs and abilities.
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