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post #31 of 34

I just bought these in the middle of last season.  My daughter just turned 3 when we started with them.  A few things I noticed is that they are bulky and difficult to walk in but that being said we did manage O.K. with a 3 yr old who has them on the smallest setting.  After seeing the construction and how they work I think they are very appropriate for a beginner skier.  I would never consider them for my older daughter (now 6) who can ski most any intermediate hill.   For us (we ski about 15 days per season) I think they will be great for 1-2 more seasons.  Once she is ready to move on to intermediate hills I plan on investing in a traditional boot.  The big reason we went with them is that we decided half way during last season she needed a real ski boot b/c she progressed beyond the plastic skis she was using until then.  I did not want to buy new boots half way in the season and then again 8 months later.  They obviously did the trick b/c she pretty much learned to ski bunny hills as soon as we started her on real skis with these boots (one private lesson) at age 3.  So the clunkiness of the boots coupled with her skis that were really too long for her (hand me downs from big sis) didn't impede her learning to ski :)  I can't wait to see how she does this season (with ski gear that fits much better).

post #32 of 34

I have previously reviewed the roces.  We have used them for both of our kids in the 2 smaller sizes (aprox ages 3-8).   They are fine for those intermediate and lower and not in a junior race program. As stated before I would not recommend them for advanced youth skiiers skiing advanced terrain in the East or the West.   We have used the two smallest sizes for our kids with no problem.  This year my oldest grew out of them and has begun to ski more aggressively and I opted to not move him into the largest size of Roces.  We instead moved him into the Full Tilt and they are a much sturdier and better overall boot (liners, adjustment system, and Shell).  He has skiied them twice this year and loves them.  As with the Roces I would say if your child is skiing in a race league or is skiing advanced terrain in the east or west these would not be for you.  If you live in those areas and ski 20 times a year invest in a standard boot.  Either the Roces or Full Tilt should be fine for everyone else who can't justify buying new to you boots every year.

post #33 of 34

Got a pair of those for my 4yrs old first couple of days on the snow. They are decent quality, don't expect the best, but for someone who skies for the first time the best is just overkill in my opinion.

For a beginning kid they do the job well, they'll last a couple of seasons, for me they are worth the money.



post #34 of 34

An update to this long-running thread by a dad who bought 2 pairs of these two seasons ago:


I concur with other parents who find these boots ideally suited to young beginning to intermediate skiers.  For kids above 60lbs looking to ski more advanced blue and black terrain and refine their carving technique, *look elsewhere*.


A few observations by way of reply to earlier posts:

1) As for Ski the East's concerns about the adjustment mechanism: Roces has fixed this problem.  In fact, they've almost done it to a fault: you need a screwdriver to pry the adjustment tab open, as it's now held locked in place in its recess by a plastic lip.


2) Quality: here's where I differ from most other posters.  I sold a lot of boots when I used to work in the industry, and the construction quality on these boots is poor.  Like others, I wish Full Tilt had been in the game two years ago when I bought our boots. 

Blow by blow:

- The plastic shell is thin and flimsy.  The shell tabs under the boot buckles need to be carefully tucked into position each time you close the boot, otherwise a protruding section of shell jams the buckle.

- The buckles are the worst I've ever seen.  It's not just that they are plastic, it's that the bales don't stay put in the hooks regardless of how tight you buckle them down.  Expect to rebuckle your kids boots several times each skiday.

There is no excuse for having just 2 buckles on the medium size of this boot (it's like the Woody Allen joke: "the food here is terrible, and the portions are so small ..." )

- The liner is padded with thin, flimsy foam, and the rubber "accordion" section in the middle of the liner pinches and causes socks to bunch up if you aren't extra careful to re-situate your kid's foot and the boot tongue upon insertion.


3) Function: in spite of its flaws, the boot does have one advantage other posters have not mentioned: performance sizing.  You heard me right.  Rather than having to buy a boot 1-2 mondo points larger than your child's actual foot size to leave room for growth, you can crank the boot *down* to the shortest length you child can wear comfortably and take a lot of the slop out of the beginner's boot equation.


My 6-year old will still be skiing in her Roces this season because she is only 50 lbs and is still working on matching turns on mostly intermediate terrain.  Last season, my then-8 year old began to complain of shell pressure on bony protrusions as she began to advance and work on linking fluid, carved turns, so I'm retiring her Roces to get her a conventional 4-buckle overlap boot w/ denser foam and a more supportive shell.


Punchline: If you're on a tight budget, or can get a pair crazy cheap, I'd still consider getting these boots for a 3-6 year old beginner.  Given that the Full Tilt boots have an Intuition liner, however, which would address the glaring fit and comfort issue

presented by Roces' flimsy liner design, my recommendation for family and friends going forward will be to spend the extra $50 and go Full Tilt.

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