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Looking for new ski boots for the kids who’s feet seem to be growing by the day. The usual 2nd hand options not got the right sizes this year. There’s only one shop locally I found that have kids boots for sale and wasn’t that impressed when I went in there today. There’s a bucketload of options on Sport Conrad, who have 25% off today. Anyone got any models they’d recommend for 8 (size 21) and 10yrs (24) old, good skiers, free skiing as opposed to racing gates. Thanks for any ideas.

https://www.sport-conrad.com/en/skiing/boots/?makairaFilter%5Bgender%5D%5B0%5D=Kids&count=36&offset=0
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My son loves his Tecnica Cochise junior, tho I paid about e150 from memory, somewhat less than the Conrad price today.

Nice walk action, he’s used them for a few long day tours now, as well as everything else from powder to gates.

Fitting wise, he’s normally a perfect Lange fit and the Tecnica seems very consistent with that.
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snowdave wrote:
My son loves his Tecnica Cochise junior, tho I paid about e150 from memory, somewhat less than the Conrad price today.

Nice walk action, he’s used them for a few long day tours now, as well as everything else from powder to gates.

Fitting wise, he’s normally a perfect Lange fit and the Tecnica seems very consistent with that.


Thanks, good to know. Not sure he needs Touring boots yet so think I’m going to go for the Lange RS 70’s
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@snowdave, actually they have his size in last years model for a steal. It says 90 flex, although assume they are lighter construction. How old/heavy is your kid and was the flex ok for a youngster?
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He’s 13 and about 45kg. His previous race boots were rs70 and he uses rsj65 on dry slope in the U.K. (he actually prefers the 65 t the 70) and the Cochise flex is fine for him, no complaints at all. I’d say they are very similar to the rs70 in flex.
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snowdave wrote:
He’s 13 and about 45kg. His previous race boots were rs70 and he uses rsj65 on dry slope in the U.K. (he actually prefers the 65 t the 70) and the Cochise flex is fine for him, no complaints at all. I’d say they are very similar to the rs70 in flex.


Great thanks
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@BobinCH,

my son was in Lange XT 80s( the bright green ones) for the past couple of seasons. They seemed to work it pretty well for him. This year he's in whatever replaced those (90 flex I think).
He is 12 but pretty big (his boot is bigger than mine! Shocked ), and definitely on the aggressive and very competent end of junior freeride.

For our (much lighter!) 8 year old, still in a 3 buckle Boot - 4 buckle would have been getting a bit stiff, and not sure that they have the strength/weight to really flex them. It's a Rossignol one, because that's what fit best, but Lange RSJ50 probably would have worked if they had them - older one has always been more of a Freerider than racer, and that's what he had.

I forget what they are called but Nordica also had a more freeride focused jr boot iirc, main advantage was the slightly more grippy sole which is better for billy goating and hiking, than the solid moulded race boots style sole.


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Have you considered the adjustable roces boots?
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For us, there wouldn't be a lot of value in adjustable boots. Just get boots that fit properly each season and tweak as they go.
Shops mostly have 50% back schemes for kids, or surefoot have a good scheme called "growing pains" (I think). - @BobinCH, you might want to check that out as if your kids are starting to ski at a higher level it also includes proper footbeds and proper adjustments until they are 18.
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I think @BobinCH's kids already ski at a reasonable level, the roces boots are great for beginner/lower level (my kids started out in them) but they are very soft - I think ?flex 30?
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stuarth wrote:
@BobinCH,

my son was in Lange XT 80s( the bright green ones) for the past couple of seasons. They seemed to work it pretty well for him. This year he's in whatever replaced those (90 flex I think).
He is 12 but pretty big (his boot is bigger than mine! Shocked ), and definitely on the aggressive and very competent end of junior freeride.

For our (much lighter!) 8 year old, still in a 3 buckle Boot - 4 buckle would have been getting a bit stiff, and not sure that they have the strength/weight to really flex them. It's a Rossignol one, because that's what fit best, but Lange RSJ50 probably would have worked if they had them - older one has always been more of a Freerider than racer, and that's what he had.

I forget what they are called but Nordica also had a more freeride focused jr boot iirc, main advantage was the slightly more grippy sole which is better for billy goating and hiking, than the solid moulded race boots style sole.


Great feedback. They’re both good skiers and spend most of their time off piste looking for jumps, but are both back seat riders, particularly my daughter. She currently has a 4 buckle Lange boot and I wondered if she might benefit from a softer flex.
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I've got a pair of salmon Quest/Access 70T boots if you think they could work let me know
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And I have my youngest's pair of size 24 Salomon Max 60T link here
Worn for 2 weeks and 2 days last season. PM me if you're interested
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I think I'm lucky, I just buy any boot in roughly the right size that's on sale and wait for my son to grow into them. I've had no problems so far. Currently using the Atomic Redster 60, although he doesn't tighten up the power strap as then he can't get them to flex enough.
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@doddsie, not a bad idea that. Mine actually still fits into his roces (he has small feet) but I feel he needs some more stiffness, 5'3" & 52kg. So may bite the bullet on boots if we get to go skiing.
Can't complain, he has had 4 years out of the roces
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Jonny996 - My son had 3 seasons out of a pair of Full-Tilt adjustables between 5-7, it was only when he started racing that I got him a 3 buckle boot. The last 2 times he's moved up in boot size it hasn't been because his feet have outgrown the boot, but because the boot is too small to fit into adjustable binding on his race skis and I don't want to re-drill the race plates.
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Just trying to remember what boots my daughter was in when age 8 and 10. Probably 50 and 65/70 flex langes respectively. She's a junior racer.

I would say for a competent junior skier I would be looking at a 50ish flex for your daughter in something like the 3 buckle lange unless they were tall/heavy for age where the 4 buckle would be probably be ok. You are right to be wary of going too stiff. For your son maybe up to 70? From memory the 70 flex lange is the first race specific boot, (stiffer, hard plastic sole rather than replaceable pads and sits a bit higher on the leg), in the junior line up so just be wary about that although if he is technically pretty good and it fits could be a good option.
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Thanks all for the advice. Went for the Lange options and splurged on a touring rig for junior

@snowdave, the missus isn’t happy that I’ve spent her 2020/21 ski budget on junior Twisted Evil

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Btw, the best bargain I got in buying kids ski boots was getting a new pair of Salomon Performa T for the equivalent of £26 in of all places, the Jelmoli department store in Zurich but it was a while back and the exchange rate was a lot better
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@BobinCH, Nice! Just a quick flag on the Cochise - worth checking with Conrad to make sure the 24.5 comes with pin holes on the toe; I think there's a size point at which they don't have pin mounts and also some models that don't (I got my son the ones without as they were cheaper and he's using F10s so it didn't matter).
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@BobinCH, 2 mistakes:

1. spending the missus equipment fund

2. soon junior will be burning you off uphill as well as down!

Wish I'd grown up with a N+1 quiver and easy access to the slopes.
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@BobinCH, Nice! Just a quick flag on the Cochise - worth checking with Conrad to make sure the 24.5 comes with pin holes on the toe; I think there's a size point at which they don't have pin mounts and also some models that don't (I got my son the ones without as they were cheaper and he's using F10s so it didn't matter).


Thanks for the tip. I checked and they confirmed low tech inserts so think we’re good!
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@BobinCH, 2 mistakes:

1. spending the missus equipment fund

2. soon junior will be burning you off uphill as well as down!

Wish I'd grown up with a N+1 quiver and easy access to the slopes.


Good point! Maybe I’ll mount them with my old Duke 16’s Toofy Grin
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@BobinCH,

Out of interest why did you also get the Lange boots in the 24.5? Cochise Jr seems a pretty good allrounder for everything.

Do Salomon do Shifts in a lower DIN yet? I was pondering a mini-touring setup and would have prefer them over old-school pin bindings, or a frame binding - think Shifts only start at 6 though and though I'd also worry about him testing them to destruction, that is a bit high.
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@BobinCH,

Out of interest why did you also get the Lange boots in the 24.5? Cochise Jr seems a pretty good allrounder for everything.

Do Salomon do Shifts in a lower DIN yet? I was pondering a mini-touring setup and would have prefer them over old-school pin bindings, or a frame binding - think Shifts only start at 6 though and though I'd also worry about him testing them to destruction, that is a bit high.


Cochise states 90 flex so wanted to hedge my bets with a lower flex traditional boot. If he prefers the Cochise I can sell the Lange locally for what I paid for them so little downside.

This is the lower din Shift https://www.sport-conrad.com/en/products/salomon/s-lab-shift-mnc-3-10-incl-stoppers.html

I wanted to keep weight down as much as possible and the ATK’s save almost 600g per boot which is significant for the little guy
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BobinCH wrote:
stuarth wrote:
@BobinCH,

Out of interest why did you also get the Lange boots in the 24.5? Cochise Jr seems a pretty good allrounder for everything.

Do Salomon do Shifts in a lower DIN yet? I was pondering a mini-touring setup and would have prefer them over old-school pin bindings, or a frame binding - think Shifts only start at 6 though and though I'd also worry about him testing them to destruction, that is a bit high.


Cochise states 90 flex so wanted to hedge my bets with a lower flex traditional boot. If he prefers the Cochise I can sell the Lange locally for what I paid for them so little downside.

This is the lower din Shift https://www.sport-conrad.com/en/products/salomon/s-lab-shift-mnc-3-10-incl-stoppers.html

I wanted to keep weight down as much as possible and the ATK’s save almost 600g per boot which is significant for the little guy


Nice Cool That's good to know those now exist - I heard a rumour they were going to make them Smile
I think I'd go with the shifts despite the weight as I don't go that far either so weight not too big an issue! He skis very hard so I'd be pretty worried about him on pin bindings - would be worried enough on shifts, as he sees everything on the mountain as a potential jump/drop!! Madeye-Smiley
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There was discussion around kid-compatible touring kit here:
https://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=152648

@spyderjon had some useful commentary around binding reinforcement zones on skis etc. that is worth taking into account.

I still haven't resolved what to do for my youngest (10, size 25 ish). Seeing as she's smaller, equipment weight matters even more as a % of total weight, so arguably she should be on the lightest things possible. However, she will also get the least use (both in # of trips, and in # of years the kit lasts for) so I failed to get to an answer, and potential lack of skiing this season has enhanced my procrastination. Maybe by the time we can ski she'll have stopped growing Happy
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@snowdave, if you come to Verbier she can borrow Logan’s!
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@BobinCH, thanks! Once things reopen (21/22?!) we'll definitely be over, tend to drive over from Argentiere every week or so to make use of our free days on the ski pass!

Would be fun to do a kid ski tour.

Equally if you're near Cham, give me a shout. We have an excellent, very kid-friendly guide for longer trips.
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I'm planning on buying my boy boots at xmas which will mean a pair of Lange RS90 SC in (I think) 25.0 will become available. Won't have access to them until NY but if anyone is interested let me know
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