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Equipment for children

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Apologies if this one’s been done many times before.

We have 3 boys, 7,5 and 3 (will be 8, 5 and just 4 next time we ski).

February will be the 4th time we go as a family to Puy St Vincent (Snowbizz). We have our own skis. We’ve not booked yet next year for the children’s skis/boots yet as we’re tempted to buy our own as the rental options aren’t a great standard (although I know not a big issue when they’re little) but given £50-70 each we wondered if in the long run we’d do better to buy as we’ll get the use passing down between the children and could work out cheaper. We have free ski carriage so we’re thinking that we just sneak them into our ski bags.

Any tips/advice? I’ve looked briefly at sports direct/decathlon. We’re S Manchester so considering a visit to the Ellis Brigham outlet in Manchester.

All tips and advice gratefully received (including if you think we’re silly and for the time and hassle finding the right ones would be easier just to rent).
Thanks in advance
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Kids skis off eBay is the way forward. I swap my daughters every year as she’s grown and it’s almost zero cost once you buy and sell. Boots same.
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Thanks.
And you think even to pass down between 3 they’ll still be ok for the youngest by the time they get them?
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We have a grab bag of ski boots, snowboard boots and a board for the kids now, all second or more hand, most found on here when other parents clear out their stashes, so either post what you're looking for or keep a sharp lookout for For Sale items.

It only really works if your carriage costs are zero, so factor that going forwards. I only considered their own kit when we started doing the drive down to the Alps. 3 pairs of small ski boots still add a good few KGs to the luggage.
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long run?
How much use do you expect them to get?
You got ages where you may get away with handing down, but if you ski once or twice a year, it may not be cost effective - especially if it means paying for extra luggage (assuming you fly)

If you buy only for the 7yr old, then that is equipment that could possibly be used for quite a few years as it gets handed down.
Prob best to rent for the youngest.
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We fly but we were thinking we’d get away with stashing them in the ski bags with our skis...
Once a year
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Take a look at the Roces adjustable boots. They adjust by I think 3 full sizes allowing you to get more than one year's use out of each pair, and then pass them on to the next child without the next child having to make do with something that isn't quite the right size. They're more expensive than basic boots from decathlon etc. but I find it very valuable to know that they will always fit and can be easily adjusted.

I prefer to own and take our own equipment as it means I don't have to rush around on first day getting everyone set up, no worries about something getting damaged and having to deal with a big charge from the rental shop, and I think the quality of equipment we end up using is probably better. We can also use it at the snowdome the rest of the year. I do it for the convenience rather than to save money, as I think that's marginal at best.

The downsides are:
- the initial cost, but if you buy second hand and resell then this is a very small consideration;
- the hassle and cost of transporting it. We go by train, so that is mainly just the physical effort of moving around a heavy ski bag.
- the maintenance of the skis. I do this myself, but it is yet another thing to do and probably takes me about an hour per pair of skis per week skiing.
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Link to the Roces boots: https://shop.roces.com/gb/children-ski-boot.html

You can probably get them cheaper from some other sellers.
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SnowKT wrote:
We fly but we were thinking we’d get away with stashing them in the ski bags with our skis...
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Last few times we have flown with BA and managed to get 4 sets of poles, 2 sets of adult skis and 2 sets of children’s skis into our double Dakine ski bag, which came in under the 23kg baggage allowance with them.
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And you think even to pass down between 3 they’ll still be ok for the youngest by the time they get them?

Absolutely. They'll have had a lot less use than the average rentals. But you do need to think about servicing.
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The extra weight of boots wouldn't be a big consideration for me - you'll have a ginormous baggage allowance for your whole family - far more than you need for a week's skiing.
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Yes, I don’ttravel light yet find it generous weight allowance for all 5 of us
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Re Roces, thanks, will look at those. I’d seen the Fulltilt but not those.
Anyone got a view on a comparison between the two?
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If you chose to go with Roces boots, I have a pair size Eur 30 - 35 that I really should get round to selling. PM me for details, pics etc if interested.

Paul H.
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Great, thanks. PM sent
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@SnowKT, I've bought stuff second hand off ebay, gumtree, here, facebook marketplace... but also new from glisshop and ekosport.

Definitely worked out cheaper than hiring though bear in mind we drive so no ski carriage costs and I service them so no service costs.

Can recommend K2 Juvy ski's.
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Another consideration is if your traveling at peak times ie school holidays there may be less choice on hire kit, that's what we found last mid term only crap left with the attitude take it or leave it.
We bought a mix of second hand and new gear (eg. £70 new rossignol frozen skis)

If looked after gear will last for all 3 boys to use.
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Surely you are still going to need to rent or buy new skis and boots for the eldest each time? (And ditch skis the youngest was using). That’s a lot of hassle every time you go. Even if the skis can be passed down and used for a year or two, the boots won’t. You’ll end up back in the rental shop buying/renting boots and have skis adjusted every time.

Will you always have free ski hire? Do you have a magic pass or would you have to stick to certain carriers in future to guarantee it?

Personally, I’d rent for the next few years.
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@foxtrotzulu,

I tend to agree that gear for kids only makes sense if you ski several times a season.
But if you do then 2nd hand ebay/pass down/resale shuffle is a no brainer
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It seems to me that boots etc. from older children won't even have to be sold on ebay, so the youngest child can still ski in it. If you are considering this option, then the purchase of equipment becomes very profitable
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