Junior Ski Gear: 2001/2002
An Overview by Manufacturer
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The Snap, a ski for aspiring new schoolers and potential trick skiers, allows
youngsters to go from the slope to the halfpipe to the terrain park. The Assault
is a high-performance mogul ski. Team Course is Dynastar's junior giant slalom
race ski, while Team SX is a light, versatile performance and multi-event ski
for intermediate and advanced young skiers who want performance carving. The Concept
Junior is a light, maneuverable ski for all terrain, adventure and tricks. For
the youngest skiers, Dynastar has the Team Speed/ Pirat, a shaped ski for kids
learning to pilot, carve and play.
Over the years, Lange boots has consistently carried
young skiers to the medals in all levels of competition,
and this year's junior Lange boots follow that tradition.
The L 10 Race Team is for junior racers; the L 10
Team and Banshee Team for experts; the L 8 and L
Team for sport skiers and beginners; while the T Kid is
strictly for beginners.
Look's Junior Full-Drive Toe binding brings adult
technology to junior skiers.
adds two new models for juniors this year bringing its stable to seven kids' models.
The Worldcup SC is a racing ski available in aggressive sidecuts to accommodate
new racing techniques. The Race Aircarbon Jr. is a multi-discipline model for
young racers. Freeride Jr. has an aggressive sidecut and comes in longer lengths.
The twintip Sceneo Jr. covers young, energetic skiers who want to doit all from
carve on the groomed to catch air in the park. Fischer enters the binding market
this winter with two junior models.
K2: The MinEnemy (pronounced mini-me) functions
both as a beginner twintip ski and a wider-waisted,
all-mountain ski for junior rippers. The Stinger has
everything a new skier needs, easy turning, durability
and super-cool graphics.
Nordica: Nordica presents three skis for junior riders
this winter. The K11 GSL is a twintip, giant slalom-style
ski for kids who want to jump into the terrain park after
racing. The K9 RCJ is for developing athletes and
freeriders. And for beginners and intermediates, the
Super N is a short, lightweight ski with an exaggerated
sidecut, for kids 8 to 15.
This year, Nordica introduces a junior version of the
Dobermann racing boot. Additionally, Nordica has the K
TJ, K SJ, GP TJ, Super NO2 and Super NO1 for young
racers to beginners. Nordica's two bindings for juniors
are the K11 GSL for racers and the Super N for
intermediates and beginners.
Rossi covers the gamut from freeriding to racing to learning when it comes to
skis for youngsters. The Power 9 Pro is a multi-event ski for junior racers while
the Power 9 Racing is a soft racing ski with ample sidecut that is designed to
be skied in shorter lengths. The T-Power Viper X Jr. is a carving ski, while the
Bandit J is shaped for all-mountain fun sporting a new sidecut and turned up tail.
The Rebel Jr. is perfect for the first-time skier. The sidecuts change by size
to help youngsters develop quickly. Read our 2001
Rippin Rider previews here
And our 2001
Rippin Rider reviews here.
In boots, Rossignol offers a complete line for all junior
ranges. The Race 1 Junior, Comp Pro, Comp J4,
Comp J3 and Comp J2 are for junior racers. Other
models include the Freeride Jr., R28 and R18, with a
memory buckle that once adjusted can be operated
easily by kids unaided.
Rossignol's junior bindings are built with high-tech adult
features. The Axial 100 Race, Equipe 80 X-Plate,
Equipe 80 and Comp J lead the company's binding
Salomon: Salomon fills the rack to accommodate leisure
and performance junior skiers. The X Scream Grom and
X Scream Team are for youngsters who want to ride all
over the mountain. The Crossmax 10 Team is inspired
by skiercross competitions. The Teneighty T is a junior
twintip model for kids who want to learn freestyle tricks.
It offers stability and control in the pipe and park as well
as on the trails. For junior racers, Salomon has
soft-flexing skis that allow stability and edge grip at
speed. The multi-event Equipe T is for the young racer
who needs one pair of skis for all events. For stronger
junior racers looking for a ski for both slalom and giant
slalom, there is the Equipe 10 T 2V and the Equipe 10
With the addition of the Performa T2 and Performa T3,
Salomon has a complete line of junior boots. In
performance boots, the Performa GT is a soft-flexing
performance boot for mid-sized kids. Kids' feet stay dry
and warm with Salomon's Thermic liners.
Using the same Spheric protection technology offered in
adult bindings, Salomon has junior bindings for all
weights and abilities. Starting with the 305 Grom,
which is offered with Classic or Spheric designs, and the
608, with a carving plate and the option of Spheric,
Salomon's bindings can cover all boots and all junior
skiers. For the performance junior, there is the S910 T
either flat or lifted. Also, the S910 is available with the
Poweraxe Sport plate for enhanced performance with
In skiboards, Salomon offers the Grom Snowblade, a
62-centimeter-long model that fits both junior and adult
boots. The shape, weight and wide waist lets the blade
skid, but it also gives a natural feel and helps teach kids
how to carve no matter how fast or slow they are
Tecnica: Tecnica offers boots for all kids-from those
just learning to ski up to junior racers. Each model
addresses the junior skier's needs at different
performance levels. The Racer, a rear-entry boot for
first timers, offers easy entry and exit with a
single-ratchet closure. Moving up, the TJR and TJR
Super are for beginners and intermediates. The Rider X
and the Rider Super are designed specifically for the
junior anatomy. For the high-end, junior racer Tecnica
produces the Icon J.
Völkl: Völkl brings its energY technology to its junior
racing models and adds a junior twintip ski to its line-up.
The P50 F1 energY Jr. is a giant slalom ski that is light
for easy maneuvering and has edge grip, as well as
stability. The P50 SL Carver energY Jr. is a slalom
carver for junior racers. Carver F5 Jr. is built for junior
intermediates. The twintip V Jr. is wide-waisted to make
it easy to balance while learning tricks; a soft flex makes
it easy to ski all types of terrain. The Vertigo Jr. is an
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