The kid version of a classic that could very well make him better than you.
- The ELP rocker technology means the ski is fully rockered like a banana and keeps junior's tips above deep snow while keeping an edge on the snow during long, speedy carves
- Using Power Construction, a form of torsion box construction, Volkl achieves powerful stability through vertical sidewalls and laminates over the core for a smooth ride
- A Sensorwood core made with vertically laminated poplar and beech wood provides a stable, but forgiving and responsive flex for the whole gamut of snow conditions
- Rounded tail lets the ripper test his jib skills when landing switch in the park or pipe
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Do you recommend going longer than normal...
Do you recommend going longer than normal like adults do when buying rockered skis?
I would and if anything he/she can grow into them a bit. These will ski short
the kids opinion
so i have the 2009/2010 model, and as far as i can tell the only changes they have made are the graphics and have refined the tip shape a bit. i was racing when i got these skis, so going from skiing heavy north west pow on race skis to this was a HUGE improvement. however, as i started upping my big mountain game, looking for the steep and deep, and final doing some jumping/cliffs i started finding some faults with these skis
1: they are to narrow to ski more then a foot of fresh
2 the ELP rocker is just extreme enough to start loosing grip on hard-pack, but the tips are to low to surface in powder, so you cant really ski that well
3. they feel dead, i don't like the flex pattern, it feels a bit half done, like they could have made a really good on piste jib ski, but they ruined the flex pattern, so you cant really Ollie or anything well.
4. the top sheets aren't durable, that's not a huge complaint cause there kids skis, what do you expect
5. they don't ski switch well, i don't know why, but they just don't
okay, so at this point your probably thinking that you shouldn't get this ski, and you shouldn't if you charge hard balls to the wall waist deep powder all the time. these skis however are very maneuverable, nimble, and light, so if your kid is starting to venture off piste onto the blacks and double blacks, especially if they like tree skiing or tight turns, these are great skis. sorry not great good, since the flex patterns still messed up. the issue with these skis is that they market them to the wrong level, there really for kids getting off the groomers, not for more advanced kids, if you are advanced, get the line bacon shorty's,
Seem to ski short
We've had two pairs of these in our family. Last year my 8 year old daughter skied on pair, and ended up over-powering them by the end of the season. They started head-height, but were eye height by end of the season. This year, bought a pair for my 6 year old son which are a few cm above his head. He's flying on them, with no problems carving turns. I guess the rocker means you can go a little longer than you with normal kids sizing. Makes sense, given that's similar guidance for adult rockered skis. Caveat is both kids are advanced skiers.
What is the best junior rocker ski for an...
What is the best junior rocker ski for an all mountain advanced/expert skier. We ski in both Utah and new hampshire
I've had two kids now ski on the Gotamas and they work great. We ski in the Pacific Northwest and they fit the mix of conditions here. Certainly would be good in Utah, though icy New Hampshire might be a different challenge.