Kids’ Freeride Gear & Clothes for 2009-2010
It’s High-Tech, Full Performance and Full Speed Ahead
All Over the Hill
by Mitch Kaplan
Parents inevitably face a dilemma when it comes to buying kids' ski/ride equipment and clothes. It's a three part problem that includes
functionality and sizing
the cool factor.
Let's face it. Parents want gear that'll keep kids warm and dry, and fit for as long as possible, while not breaking the bank. Kids want stuff that's cool.
You can't blame either parents or kids on this one. Luckily, the world of kids' freeride gear covers most of the bases most of the time.
Here's a sampling of what's out there for 09-10.
Rossignol's Alias, for boys and girls, is a twin tip freestyle snowboard for levels beginner to intermediate. Built just like full-sized freestyle twins, it’s soft in the middle and stiff at the tip/tails stiff. That, according to Rossi, yields more pop on the ollies and more forgiveness when you under-rotate. Its lower density extruded base is easy to tune and doesn’t need frequent waxing. Suggested price: $259.99.
The Head Transit Jr. appeals primarily to boys of serious pipe and park riding who want to switch board ends in a flash. It’s a "Real Twin," which means that the board has the same width, length and height of the tip and tail. Suggested price: $399.
Ride Snowboards this year assaults the freeride marketplace with the Ruckus. High on pop but with excellent and smoothness and stability, this is a board that's built to go anywhere, anytime. Suggested price: $239.99. Buy it in our KidzStore.
The Ride Blush gives young shred Bettys tons of pop and smooth stability, with graphics that ups the cool factor just for them. Suggested price: $239.99. Buy it in our KidzStore.
No discussion of snowboards would be complete without the latest offerings from Burton. Their Shaun White Smalls heads the list for coolness, the company describes this thing as "as close as kids can get to living in a video game." It's rigged with something they call V-Rocker(TM), which features a center rocker between the feet, plus additional rockers outside each foot that lift the tip and tail completely off the snow. It rides everything from powder to parks. Suggested price: $199.95.Buy it in our KidzStore.
Burton calls the Custom Smalls "the Swiss Army knife of snowboards due to its ability to slice, dice, and spin off everything in sight." Here, too, is the V-Rocker(TM), and a negative core profile—thinner sections of core between the bindings for softer flex and torsion. Suggested price: $249.95.Buy it in our KidzStore.
Burton's Feelgood V-Rocker Smalls gives young female riders the advantages of V-Rocker—control, added float, and boosted confidence on all terrain. Suggested price: $249.95.Buy it in our KidzStore.
The K2 Bad Seed measures a full 85mm underfoot, letting kids blast through crud or ride powder. Lively and predictable in softer snow, it has plenty of sidecut for the groomers and park. This, the K2 folks tell us, was Sean Pettit’s ski of choice before he jumped up to K2's adult skis. Suggested price: $400.Buy it in our KidzStore.
The K2 Missy is designed specifically for girls who need a twin tip. And, it comes with very cool and girly graphics. Suggested price: $300.Buy it in our KidzStore.
Line Skis' junior twin tips are based the company’s Celebrity and Chronic Blend skis, two top-performing all-mountain twin tips.
The Chronic Mini is a real twin-tip ski that’s simply been sized down. They’re lightweight and easy to ski. Suggested price: $295. The Celebrity Mini is much the same—except it’s designed for girls. A good thing. Suggested price: $295.Buy it in our KidzStore.
The Rossignol S1 PRO is built for boys who seek a true twin tip ski but also head out all over the mountain. Built with a "Rossitop Cap" and a "Microcell Core" for a stronger ski that’s resistant to chipping, and has increased durability and rebound. Suggested price: $199.99.Buy it in our KidzStore.
Jackets & Pants
Ride’s Youth Series, they report, is "packed with bold colors and mad style, to put the "fun" back in function." Jacket features include Hydrapel TF(TM), waterproof, breathable critically taped seams and such attributes as attached powder skirts, adjustable cuffs w/ glove hook loops, adjustable swivel hood large enough for a helmet, inside lunch media pocket, front toaster pockets.
Pants feature adjustable, double-snap elastic waist closure, velvety tricot inner waist, butt and fly, shred-free slightly higher pant leg back, boot gaiters, side cargo pass and front toaster pockets.
Girls Shelby Jacket - 109.99
Girls Malibu Jacket - 119.99
Girls Dart Cargo Pant - 89.99
Boys Cobra Jacket - $109.99
Boys Hemi Jacket - 119.99
Boys Charger Cargo Pant - 89.99
Burton's fashion collection takes a back seat to nobody. For boys, their Ripper Jacket has styling that even Burton’s grownup team riders want to wear. It features, among other things, weatherproof Dryride Durashell(TM) two-layer fabric, a moisture-wicking taffeta lining, a helmet-friendly expandable hood, and a secure internal music pocket. Suggested price:
$109.95.Buy it in our KidzStore.
Burton’s White Collection Boys Transmission Jacket offers all that, as well, along with Link ZIP(TM) that allows the jacket’s waist gaiter to zip to any Burton boys’ pant for a total foul-weather seal. Suggested price: $169.95. Buy it in our KidzStore.
The matching White Collection Boys Transmission Pant also has a Dryride Durashell(TM) and two-layer fabric, plus 60 grams of low-bulk Thermacore(TM) insulation inner thigh vents, taffeta wicking liner, ghetto Slits and Velcro butt pockets. Suggested price: $149.95.Buy it in our KidzStore.
For girls, Burton offers the Minishred Lavish Bomber Jacket, which holds all the features of the boys' Ripper, and it comes with a Room-To-Grow(TM) System. Suggested price: $109.95.Buy it in our KidzStore.
The Burton girls’ System Jewel Jacket is a 3-in-1 piece that comes with an expandable, helmet-friendly hood, street-ready reflector strips, Pit Zips(TM) and a waist gaiter that connects the jacket to any Burton Girls' pant for total head to toe coverage. Suggested price: $179.95.Buy it in our KidzStore.
The girls’ Sweetart Pant from Burton also is well weather-proofed, and comes with microfleece-lined waistband and handwarmer pockets, articulated knees, jacket-to-pant interface and decorative back pockets stitching. Suggested price: $99.95.Buy it in our KidzStore.
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...... Mitch Kaplan
is the author of The Unofficial Guide to the Mid-Atlantic with Kids, The Cheapskate’s Guide to Myrtle Beach and The Golf Book of Lists. He is a contributor to The Unofficial Guide to New England & New York with Kids and to the annual guide Ski America & Canada.