I should have pulled the trigger on these for my son 2 years ago... my bad for not doing so. They are perfect.
My experience outfitting my kids (now 9 & 10) with skis over the years has left me with significant lack luster feelings for the industry when it comes to good kid skis for kids who CAN ski.
Yes there a a ton of crap composite directional skis... which I admit are great for little little ones and beginners. But when your 8 year old sends it harder than you and list Eagles Nest and High Rustler as his/her favs well the composite stix don't cut it... and there is where the problem lies as from that point forward until you can get them on 150cm+ planks the pickings are really really sparse.
The composites are WAY too soft and then you have a host of narrow fully cambered park skis to choose from... not much else. Must we all send our kids to the park???!! News flash, not all our kids are park skiers? some like trees and the soft stuff.
So you have the composite noodles, the park skis and the odd attempts (K2 for example; Bad Seeds... who the heck deigned these things! Really!? They are stiffer than my GS skis! no kid on this planet can flex them).
Note: I do LOVE the Volkl Gotama's Jrs.- I think as a fully rockered kids ski go they nailed it - the flex, side cut, everything. But what if your skiing ice and super hard pack...(SPRING!)? what choices are there that are not too stiff, that a kid can flex, direction, early rise etc. etc... VIRTUALLY NO CHOICES... then I order these after talking to the guys up in Nor Cal.. PERFECTO! THEY ARE PERFECT.
This is a kids version of a fantastic one quiver ski for the intermediate to advanced kid.