Junior Snowboard Gear 2002-2003
More kids than ever are taking to the slopes on a snowboard. Manufacturers are downsizing product to meet the demands of the littlest grom on the mountain. Look for more versatility, design and function in junior snowboard gear.
Burton: The Burton Punch series has wide appeal because it can go from park to pipe to all-mountain freeriding. Pro rider Shaun White was instrumental in the design of his signature board in the Punch series.
The Scout binding was developed for kids with its one strap, one buckle design. Not just a mini-adult version, the Scout is scaled properly to a child's foot.
Burton's Freestyle boots were made to support kids ever-growing feet. With a room-to-grow footbed, young riders will have more than one season of comfortable support. The ultra light, skate-shoe influenced Freestyle.
Burton's latest in the snowdeck series (a sliding skateboard-like sled for city parks, backyards) is the Link, a sibling of the original Junkyard snowdeck. The Link is another option for riding.
K2: K2 offers boards for kids of all riding abilities. New for the upcoming season is the Kandi, designed for girls who ride aggressively. The Mighty Eldo and the Mini Zeppelin accommodate kids who are starting out, as well as the ones who are starting to rip.
The Striker Jr. is a soft boot with an adjustable footbed system that allows the boot to grow up to two full sizes. They are warm and comfortable with a removable liner that is heat-moldable.
The K2 V-2 Plasma binding is the perfect match with the Striker Jr. K2 made proportionally smaller highbacks for heelside support and comfortable, molded, quick-adjust foam straps with user friendly, lift release ratchet buckles.
Lamar: Lamar offers kids boards, boots and bindings at two levels: One Series (for first timers) and an Upgrade series.
The One series features five sizes with a kid friendly sidecut. The MX1 binding is a two-piece, anatomical plastic binding with adjustable heel, quick-release ratchets and EVA straps. The MX1 boot sports an integrated liner boot with a low profile cupsole and nylon/PVC upper.
The Upgrade package features boards tuned for kids in varied sizes. The MX10 binding features anatomical quick-release ratchets. The AKA integrated liner boot features upgraded nylon and synthetic uppers.
LTD: LTD has two new kid specific lines. The One Series is for the kid that wants to learn how to ride and the Bronze Series is for the kid that is already riding.
The One Series board is easy to flex. The fully adjustable and anatomical LT1 binding has quick-release ratchets and padded ankle straps. The LT1 boot is constructed with an integrated liner and quick-tie lace loops.
The LTD Bronze Jr. boards have a wood core. The LTD binding has a tool-less lean adjuster, toe and heel padding, anatomical quick release ratchets and integrated toe ramps. The Focus integrated liner boot has upgraded everything, from its cup sole and aggressive sole pattern to a beefier padding and improved upper construction.
Ride: The Lowride is an all-mountain board that is easy to control with a wider platform, shallow sidecut and a super-soft flex. It is made with an all-wood core. The Menace is designed for lightweight, all-mountain riders and has a medium flex for easy turning.
The Ride Micro LS binding is a scaled-down model of the LS, built for smaller riders who want performance at a reasonable price. Ride's Spark is the company's first foray into boots. It is designed to be easy to lace, warm, waterproof and supportive.
Rossignol: One of Rossignol's biggest developments is the Scan line of boards for older kids to fill the need of a right-sized board that delivers performance. The Scan comes with a rectangular sidewall for better response. Riders under 100 pounds will have fun with the Pro Line Jr.
The Excite kids' boot replaces the Solo. Excite has a comfortable liner and new outer shell and sole and is designed for riders on a budget. Rossignol makes the HC10 binding for riders with small feet.
Salomon: The Fierce line of boards features a lightweight core and a P-Tex 900 graphite base for speed. The Fierce comes in three sizes.
Volkl: The Excel is Volkl's freestyle, intermediate to advanceD level, junior board that rides well on the whole mountain. Future is a freestyle, beginner to intermediate level, board with a smooth flex for easy turning and an extra waist width for growing feet.
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