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Volkl Race Tiger SL Jr Skis a good choice?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
my son is a really good skier but does not race and has skied atomic sl 11 with 310 bindings the past couple of seasons and has loved the skis. he's gotten taller and is in need of a longer ski, and i've seen a really good deal on last year's volkl race tiger sl skis with motion bindings. would this be a good choice for him even though he's just an advanced recreational skier (can ski most anything, likes short radius turns which is why i had him in sl cut skis)? the price seems pretty hard to beat, definitely cheaper than i can get new sl 11's for....thanks!!

then it's on to boots............
post #2 of 12
Yes, the Racetiger Jr is a good ski. Alot of the racer kids in my area use this ski for both racing and some freesking. Note that last year there were two Racetiger SL skis, the Racetiger Racestock SL and the Racetiger SL. The Racestock is the better of the two, and according to kids, skis much better and has better edge control. This has a red race plate on which the bindings are mounted. The non-racestock ski might not be what you want for your son. Note that none of the racers used the non-racestock ski.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
the skis i'm seeing are the ones without the plate, so the lower of the two skis. not sure if $235 shipped is as good a deal, but is still pretty decent i think.
post #4 of 12
I saw some Racetiger RS's and P60 RS's at the shop today, only $150 for the RTs and $99 for the P60s.
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Originally Posted by Rise To The Top View Post
I saw some Racetiger RS's and P60 RS's at the shop today, only $150 for the RTs and $99 for the P60s.
do those include bindings? the deal i'm seeing does, seems reasonable but it would be better if it were the version with the plate...

there are quite a few skis popping up on ebay now that fit what i'm looking for, including race skis from elan and fischer. just trying to figure out what would be best for him, but maybe i'm overthinking things as these are all likely great skis!!
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by canadianskier View Post
Yes, the Racetiger Jr is a good ski. Alot of the racer kids in my area use this ski for both racing and some freesking. Note that last year there were two Racetiger SL skis, the Racetiger Racestock SL and the Racetiger SL. The Racestock is the better of the two, and according to kids, skis much better and has better edge control. This has a red race plate on which the bindings are mounted. The non-racestock ski might not be what you want for your son. Note that none of the racers used the non-racestock ski.

thi syear (2008) is the same : SL/GS and racestock SL/GS
post #7 of 12
How old is your son and how big is he?
post #8 of 12
What Heluva asked.

Here's Volkl's description of the ski: "For young racers who are not ready for the race stock models, the Racetiger Jr. comes in sizes 100 to 130. It's a nice, soft ride for kids as they learn to race."

I'm guessing that you ski in the Sierra. It's not the entry level model, which is a plus, but depending on how old and large your son is, there are probably better options at a similar or better price point for the conditions you'll see.
post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
my son's 60 inches tall, about 110-115 pounds, we ski in the sierra and the rockies--not back east at all...
post #10 of 12
At his height and weight, your son should probably be on something in the 140s. At least this year, the Race Tiger Jr tops out at 130.

I'd think strongly about 2005-06 or 2006-07 Apache Jrs, probably in a 146, or Rossignol Bandit Jrs, probably in a 148.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
At his height and weight, your son should probably be on something in the 140s. At least this year, the Race Tiger Jr tops out at 130.

I'd think strongly about 2005-06 or 2006-07 Apache Jrs, probably in a 146, or Rossignol Bandit Jrs, probably in a 148.
i hear you, it's just that's he's really enjoyed his atomic sl 11's the past two seasons. on length, i'm tyring to buy for the next two seasons....if i can find a really nice used pair of something else i'm all eyes....on ebay there are some used elan and fischer skis i'm also considering, as well as used sl 11's here....
post #12 of 12
How old is your son? I'm guessing somewhere between 11 and 13? It's very hard to buy a multi-year ski for that age range, because they will likely have a serious growth spurt.

As far as your desire to keep him on slalom-style skis, what's the sidecut for the SL11s? The Apache Jrs are 103/65/91, and the Bandit Jrs are 106/70/90. At the lengths you're talking about, short-radius turns shouldn't be an issue.

Sturtevants is selling used 148 Bandit Jrs with 7-DIN bindings for $85 shipped on eBay. I bought 118s and 128s from them earlier in the summer, and while they could use a tune, they're more than suitable for a season. Pinnacle is selling used 146 Apache Jrs with 4.5-DIN bindings for $130 shipped, but you might need to swap the bindings out for your son.
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