Monday, September 23, 2013

Bend it Like Bode - Devos, U8 - U12

Bend it like Bode

What’s the best ski for your future World Cupper ages 6-11? 

While the focus should be on fun and skill building, equipment does matter at this early stage.

Here at we’ve found that there are only a few good choices of Multi Event skis for U8, U10 and U12 Racers such as:

Available Multi Event Skis include:
Rossignol  Radical RSX  110,120,130, 140,150
Wood Core Cap construction makes this the softest and easiest ski in the range

Rossignol Radical Pro 125,130,135,140,150
Wood Core laminate sandwich construction with vertical sidewalls

Head Worldcup i.Race 100,110,120,130,140,150,160
Wood Core laminate sandwich construction with vertical sidewalls

Beware of Package Skis re-badged  as Junior Race Skis. These “Race Replica” skis do not have the softer flex nor the torsional stiffness of a true Junior Race Ski. The ability to bend the ski, and carve a turn are the fundamentals on which everything else builds on.  Ben Drummond, US Racing and Team Manager for Head Wintersports reports that the Head Worldcup i.Race,  a multi-event ski, “does great for us”, a wonderful flex in all the lengths”.  It's a great tool for young racers.

In most programs all U8 and Development kids belong on a Multi Event ski. As we move into U10, new kids should use Multi Event Skis with some programs suggesting a GS ski sized as a Multi Event.  U12 newcomers can consider a Multi Event Ski, however those moving up the ranks will need SL and GS skis.

Proper sizing is based on athlete’s age, weight, and ability. We’ve found the Rossignol Race Department Chart to be right on the mark with it’s sizing recommendations across all brands.

Junior U8 Ages 6-7 and Devo Team
Junior U10 Ages 8-9
Junior U12 Ages 10-11

Hope you found this information helpful and good luck this season!

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