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Kids slalom ski?

moskimoski Posts: 101 Baller
Ideas for a kids ski at their level?
Think I can get away with a ski that they can use together??

They each have summer birthdays.
Daughter turned 12 in July - left foot forward.
Son turned 10 in June - right foot forward.
They both weigh around 65 lbs.
pulling both around 26mph.
Right now they are on old late 1980s kids Connelly ski.

Mainly open water skiing but there is a ski course that we head to and play in it.
Next summer I’m going to send both of them to a week long ski summer camp.

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Well videos are not attaching. Here are picture of each. Need to figure how to attach videos. Maybe I’m putting too much thought on this. But just like to get a ski that will help them improve and also that they can grow into next few years, we have 2-3 more trips before we have to put boat away, maybe wait to get on till next spring.


  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,535 Mega Baller
    edited August 9
    Pick any recent model D3 or radar from SIA in 63-65”. Size is more important than model. Get a wiley front that will fit them both - probably a small and rtp. They will be good for the next several summers.
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
  • WishWish Posts: 7,858 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited August 9
    Nice skiing 😀👍
    I have this D3 for sale in a not so easy to find size. Would work well for both. My daughter was about their age when she rode it and advanced quickley. OBrien small binding also available.

    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 720 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Pictures make it look like your daughter is a bit more advanced than your son?

    Based on the limited info in the pics, if I had to buy one ski for both of them right now I would probably go for a 65" TRA. You're likely to find it packaged and/or priced better with a small prime or vector front boot and a basic RTP. I personally would call that just fine and go for it. Big range, and once their feet are too big for that, it's time for them to have their own ski anyway.

    @Bruce_Butterfield is a well respected source around here on kids stuff. Bruce, why do you recommend a Wiley's? I can't imagine not having my wonderful lace-up modern bindings.
    Keith Menard
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,535 Mega Baller
    I’ll admit I haven’t paid much attention to the newer soft bindings, but the ones i have seen are big on comfort and light on support. Many also raise the foot up off the ski which is a huge negative IMO.

    Wileys are tried and true, keep the foot close to the ski and have predictable release.

    The crew at Wileys is also great with customer support and will be sure you get something that fits right.
    I'm Ancient. WTH do I know?
  • moskimoski Posts: 101 Baller
    @escmanaze - you are correct. She is a bit more advanced then him. What’s a TRA??

    Sweet. Be glad to hear from @Bruce_Butterfield too. I don’t know how to put videos up on this site. Guess YouTube is way to post a video, I’m trying to figure out YouTube account. Let me know of other ways on to do that....
  • moskimoski Posts: 101 Baller
    edited August 9
    @Bruce_Butterfield ——. Thank you Bruce. I bought 2 trick skis (used) for kids and i to see what ticking is like and holy cow, man o man hard to get are feet in those Wileys boots.... ill call up Wiley’s and get some help. I might try a wileys on my radar vapor to see how it compares to my radar vector boot w/ laces.....
    Ive always done a RTP for my rear foot and same for wife and kids too...
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 3,812 Mega Baller
    @moski - wet them and your foot squirt soap or shave cream or binding lube into them. stomp on the binding a few times to spread that around in there then wet your foot again and should go easy.
  • ReallyGottaSkiReallyGottaSki Posts: 72 Baller
    edited August 9
    My gf is loving her girls Omni
    First slalom tries on a combo failed handsomely last season, flop right over.

    First run on the gOmni this season was like she's been skiing for years.

    I'm against the combo+slalom experience now for beginners. I think it adds fustration and difficulty

    That said, it has sparkles and butterflies on it too.

    I concur,TRA is another great choice
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 720 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★

    There is the TRA and the boys omni, which I bet would also be great as @ReallyGottaSki mentions.

    I would go for Youtube. Easy to use, flexible, universal. I find it by far and away the best and easiest way to share action sports clips. Nothing else that I've seen really even comes close.
  • escmanazeescmanaze Posts: 720 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★

    There is the TRA and the boys omni, which I bet would also be great as @ReallyGottaSki mentions.

    I would go for Youtube. Easy to use, flexible, universal. I find it by far and away the best and easiest way to share action sports clips. Nothing else that I've seen really even comes close.
  • 6_Buoys6_Buoys Posts: 12 New Baller
    Skip the kids ski for now. Go in your basement or your buddies basement and grab an older, heavier 68 or 69". Take off the fin box. Grab your skill saw and cut the tail off square at 64". Cut in straight to make room to replace the fin box. Don't worry the tail is cut, kids are not working that fin hard enough for anything to come apart. The ski will stay in the water and the much wider tail will keep the ski up and not have the tail sinking in the corner while the kids are learning to turn properly. I still have ours in the garage, she rode it until she could run 28 mph in the course. Been used for a few more beginners also. Get a front rubber binding that fits properly and releases appropriately. Use a rear toe plate.
  • jercranejercrane Posts: 287 Crazy Baller
    Radar TRA for sure
    I just moved my 14YO daughter from a 62 Connelly Prodigy to a 63 Radar TRA and saw massive improvement in her skiing. She's getting a full pass at 23 and a ball and half shy of getting 25mph. She's tiny and got a late start and it is a killer ski for her. She loves it. Says it feels much more stable than her old ski.

    Also not as exciting a shot but I love this pic because immediately before this I was coaching her for like the 100th time to try and keep shoulders level and eyes down course and for the first time she felt comfortable enough on the ski to do it. She's crazy late but this was actually a PB on 3 ball at 25mph for her.

    Oh also I removed the wing. She had been skiing with the wing originally. It took her about 2 sets to get used to managing the extra speed at the ball but she is now skiing much better.

    Sorry ... proud dad bragging moment.
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  • tru-jacktru-jack Posts: 199 Baller
    I have 63" d3 x5 available. super stable ski, with unlimited potential.
  • Keith MenardKeith Menard Posts: 560 Crazy Baller
    TRA is SOOOO much ski for the money.

  • FOB69FOB69 Posts: 10
    Is there something that would fit to my daugther that is 8, 44lbs, 50inch ?
    In spring she will be tired of her wakeboard and i would like her to try mono ...
  • ToddLToddL Posts: 2,822 Mega Baller
    -- The future of skiing depends upon welcoming novice skiers regardless of age to our sport.
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