I am a relatively new race dad with a son about to enter J3 this coming fall.
To date, we have made do with used race skis but as our son has improved, we are noticing that 1) the old skis he is using have no "pop" and 2) the kids that are beating him have new (or at least newer) skis. Moreover, the top racers in his league have 2 pairs of skis for each event -- one for practice and one reserved solely for race day.
My questions are: a) Is it common in J3-level racing to buy kids new equipment every year? b) Assuming that we want to buy him new equipment this year regardless of what is commonly done, how does one go about getting a volume discount on what could be 7 pairs of skis (slalom, GS, super-G *2 pairs each, plus a pair of twintips for free skiing)? He is an improving skier but not in the class of kids that routinely gets approached by reps.
(BTW, we have a great bootfitter so assume he will have properly fit race boots.)
Any comments or thoughts would be appreciated, thanks.