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Skis for 7 year old

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I'm currently trying to replace my son's skis. There are too many good deals on ebay for me to consider leasing.

My question has to do with all the different models available. For instance Head has an XRC 50 (which he currently has), Mojo's & Monsters, all for kids.
Do you think a 47lb, 46" tall 7 year old would notice a difference in these skis?

He didn't get to ski at all last season, but the year before he was doing well on intermediate slopes (though he refused to slow down). I want to pick a ski that will give him the best opportunity to have fun.

Thanks.
post #2 of 18
He's pretty light. I don't think I'd want to get him on the stiffer skis. I'd get him something short with a lot of shape, and boots that fit well.
post #3 of 18
Where do you ski? Has he shown any interest in the park?

epic, why do you suggest something with a lot of shape? I figure he should be on 110s or 120s, and even a moderate amount of shape in those lengths will result in a turning radius well under 10m. Am I missing something (and stunting my own kids' growth in the process)?
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
We do local day trips to Catskills, Poconos or Northern Jersey. We've done a week at Smugglers' Notch every year (which he loves.) The last time we were there they had built a mini terrain park. He spent a whole day in there. I find having all the terrain features keeps him turning. Since he has to get from one to the next. If its flat, with nothing to keep him interested, he just wants to go fast.

I'm hoping to take a trip out West with the family this year.

I was thinking 97cm for the Heads. The next size up is a 107cm. Center of his nose is 104cm high.
post #5 of 18
A lot of shape so he can learn to let his skis do the work for him. So he can learn modern movements , so it will be the easiest way for him to ski. Also, a ski with a lot of shape is FUN to turn and not so fun to go straight on. If the issue is getting him to turn, make it fun for him to turn.
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork View Post
I was thinking 97cm for the Heads. The next size up is a 107cm. Center of his nose is 104cm high.
I was thinking he was 4'4", not 3'10". Bad math. Sorry.

Still, that nominal 97cm measurement is taken by holding a tape along the length of the ski. After you add a couple cm for the boot sole, 107s will probably be at mouth or nose height.

And as for the Mojos vs the XRC, if he likes the park and you like taking him in it, why not go for twin tips?

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Originally Posted by epic View Post
If the issue is getting him to turn, make it fun for him to turn.
Makes sense. Thanks.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by alpinedad View Post
And as for the Mojos vs the XRC, if he likes the park and you like taking him in it, why not go for twin tips?
What's the shortest twin they make? He may not have a choice. It seems like they usually stop around 118.
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
They make Monsters down to 67cm & Mojos down to 77cm.

Now to confuse the issue. I went on Heads product advisor and they recommended a 107cm in the current version of the XCR, but only a 77cm in the Mojo or Monster. Should there be that much of a difference?
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork View Post
they recommended a 107cm in the current version of the XCR, but only a 77cm in the Mojo or Monster. Should there be that much of a difference?
No. If anything, a twin tip should be sized longer because of the shorter effective edge.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by RatherPlayThanWork View Post
They make Monsters down to 67cm & Mojos down to 77cm.

Now to confuse the issue. I went on Heads product advisor and they recommended a 107cm in the current version of the XCR, but only a 77cm in the Mojo or Monster. Should there be that much of a difference?
That doesn't really make much sense. I think you were closer with the 97 cm ski. I'd get him skis that come to the top of his sternum.
post #11 of 18
BTW- I don't think tat the smallest Mojos are twins.
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
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That doesn't really make much sense. I think you were closer with the 97 cm ski. I'd get him skis that come to the top of his sternum.
That's what I figured. I checked the actual dimensions between the Mojo & XCR and they are identical. The Mojo says "slightly twintipped." They are probably the same ski.

I think I'm going to let my son decide based on the color choices.

Thanks again.
post #13 of 18
According to Head's website, the Mojo Spawn 3 (the one that comes in shorter lengths) is a true twin. Dimensions are 104/68/92, vs. 103/65/90 for the Monster.
post #14 of 18
The Mojo 65 is an awesome ski not for a lot of money. You can get the red/white design for $80 from untracked.com w/ shipping (in 107cm).

The Mojo Spawn is more $$$ because it's more recent and has a more modern design (starts at 107cm).

Also, one of the other good choices is the Bandit Jr. which would cost you even a bit more. (I think the shortest is 118cm)
post #15 of 18
Interesting - http://www.head.com/ski/products.php...=us&tag=junior

Not to belabor th epoint too much, but when I saw the Mojo 3 it didn't look like much of a twin (I wasn't paying great attention though). The Mojo 2 and Sure Thang look like a great ski definitely on my recommend list with the K2 Missy/Juvy.

The Monster, Sweet Thang and Xenon all share the same shape and sizing but are all rated differently on the little bar graphs. Is there a real difference in construction? At least the Mojo 3 has a different shape so we can assume it came out of a different mold and is different from those three.

Now that you are confused, I'd say just get the Spawn 3 and don't worry about it.
post #16 of 18
Unfortunately, I think that the Juvy starts at 119cm, and those are K2 measurements, not Head. One of my seven-year-old twins loved his 119 Juvys last year, although that might have been due in part to the fact that skiing them meant he'd be skiing park or powder. (The other skis 131 Fischer Riu Jrs as his twin tips, but he loves them too.) I think either of them would love the Bad Seed, but they're going to have to wait until summer closeouts to have a shot at those -- I don't pay retail for any skis, certainly not for kids.
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by epic View Post
Interesting - http://www.head.com/ski/products.php...=us&tag=junior

Not to belabor th epoint too much, but when I saw the Mojo 3 it didn't look like much of a twin (I wasn't paying great attention though). The Mojo 2 and Sure Thang look like a great ski definitely on my recommend list with the K2 Missy/Juvy.

The Monster, Sweet Thang and Xenon all share the same shape and sizing but are all rated differently on the little bar graphs. Is there a real difference in construction? At least the Mojo 3 has a different shape so we can assume it came out of a different mold and is different from those three.

Now that you are confused, I'd say just get the Spawn 3 and don't worry about it.
Yea, I saw the spawn 3 also, but I was actually planning on purchasing last years skis. I can get them for under $130 with bindings & shipping included. Can't find deals like that on the 2008 models. He can have the 2008's next year...as soon as the 2009's are available.
post #18 of 18
Saw a pr of Atomics at EBAY today...120cm...99 dollar bid. Mounted with Din 1-4
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