Originally Posted by epic
I thik the Bad Seed goes to 148.
I've had some kids on the B3W in sizes close to that, and the Foil has worked out well in some cases too.
I think once the kids hit mebbe 90-100 lbs or so, it becomes a question of their development. Some kids that weight/age are close to being small adults while others are still little jello-bodies. For the former, the right adult ski can work but for the latter, it's a notsogood thing. IAC, the biggest problem that I see is in the 70-90 lb range where they are just catching up with their size. Those kids are too light for an adult ski except in fairly rare cases. That's where this type of ski comes into play.
I'll usually ask the parent to bring the kid in. We put some boots on and ask them to flex. If they are bouncing off the fronts of their boots then I know they are probably straight legged spoiler hangers and won't flex a ski very well. OTH if they hit the front and flex right through and bend the boot, then I know they can handle a better ski. It's not an exact science but it's better than nothing. Most parents think their kids are great skiers even if they just zoom down the groomers in a flying wedge. Giving that type of kid a ski that is too long or stiff is not a great idea. The parents will often be seen picking them out of the gill nets at the bottom of the trail.
Not to mention of course the possible danger of them putting dents in the lift towers or the lodge.