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Buying children boots

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For the first time ever we will be skiing twice this season and I am trying to weigh up buying my kids possibly second hand boots vs renting twice.
Son is just 14, 5’7, 9 stone, good skier, went all thro ESF to competition class (which wasn’t for him). He’s a 27.5 fit which seems to be adult size but not sure if I should be buying him an adult boot that is more beginner as I’ve read stiffer flexing adult boots may be too much for young teens even if they aren’t small?
Daughter is 11 and a 1/2, 5 foot and only 5 stone but in a 25 boot. Also quite proficient but similar question, should she be in a softer flexing boot as she doesn’t have any weight to flex her boot.
Or just hire them?
Thank you.
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@reh_stuff, I have had quite a bit of experience with fitting kids, but I would always defer to Colin at Solutions4Feet, who you can email for an opinion. Adult softer boot would be fine for your son. If he can flex the boot by applying forward pressure, standing without skis, then they are not too stiff.

Your daughter is different - a 70 flex e.g. Salomon X3 or Nordica Doberman youth boot would be fine for her. Again, you should check whether she can flex it when she is standing. 25 kids boots will most likely have adult DIN plates front and rear, so you should check compatibility with the bindings of the skis which you use.

But as I say, Jon Coster (spyderjon) or Colin have very thorough experience.
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Thank you valais2, that’s really helpful. I saw your selling post, shame you didn’t have any in 25! Thanks again.
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@reh_stuff, no problem - yes mine have just moved up into the 24+ boots in the kit mountain....
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I have a similar situation here. My son is 12 with a boot size 27.5 (his previous boot 26.5 just appeared too small) so I'm thinking going straight to 28.5 as he grows very quickly at this stage. He's 167cm, 55kg. So adult boots are the only option. But which flex? My local shop sells Nordica NXT NX flex 60 and Nordica Sportmachine flex 90. He can ski most runs and is in good shape as he plays football actively but has very limited (3 days) experience on big mountains (we ski mostly locally here in Finland). We are going again to Austria in 3 weeks for a short break.
I'm tempted to go with the stiffer boot for better future proof. But what does a 'too stiff' boot do for a developing skier? Backseat? Better confidence? Or is the general fit more important after all?
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@lmu2002, ....too stiff a boot will impact adversely on young joints, and throw him around a lot. Too soft a boot will collapse, with the same outcome. So how do you get it right? You have enough time - 3 weeks. The answer is to get to a good boot fitter and try said boots, putting him in 'the skiing position' and see how easily he can flex the boot by forward pressure. Interestingly, too soft a boot tends to put people into the back seat since they can't dependably exert decent forward pressure, and get 'signals' from the lower limbs that the the boot is collapsing. I have given up future proofing with my two kids and just accept that I need to get 'just right' boots for every time on the hill, and sell them on later. That's why we have kit mountains in our house...

For reference, I am 5 foot seven, and 59 kg - I use a 110 boot - Lange (RX110) Atomic (Hawks). I can collapse anything less than that with ease.
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I've been buying boots for my kids for a few years. They've now got big enough to use my wife's cast offs and my 15 year old boy is skied in a semi-retired pair of mine at Xmas (although I'm having some second thoughts about that).

First off I'd point out that they grow really fast. If a boot fits decently it can be a bit painful when they grow out of it before your next trip. Fortunately my kids have similar shaped feet (and to my wife) so we've been able to hand down.

I've never bought new boots for them. One pair were unused but VERY old stock and we got them very cheap. Ski Bartlett used to sell second hand kids equipment but stopped because ebay works so well.

The best approach I've found is to ask a rental shop in resort if you can rent a pair and buy them at the end of the week if the child gets on with them. On the two occasions I've asked they have happily said yes and have sold them to me for less than one weeks more rent! To be fair these have been older scuffed up boots but perfectly serviceable.

On flex, both my kids ski pretty well so have been able to ski comfortably in my wife's boots (despite the fact she is considerably heavier - don't tell her I said that!). My boy is 15, very lean but putting on a bit of muscle but still only 52kg or something. I was initially a bit nervous that my old 110 flex boots might have been too much for him but he actually skied fine. TBH they are probably a little wide/packed out which is why I'm having second thoughts - may just rent in Feb as he won't be with us at Easter and may well have grown again by Xmas!

@reh_stuff, I might just have a pair of outgrown 25 boots that would suit your daughter. Nothing glamorous but perfectly serviceable (4 clip etc). They don't owe me anything so if they are the right size you could have them for postage and a little donation to snowheads. I'll check size tonight
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Jedster, that would be great, thank you. Sorry, I have no idea how to tag you! I’ll wait to hear from you on size.
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Sorry - got home really late last night - will get on with it tonight
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@reh_stuff, got two kids. Did buy one new pair because they were quite cheap and they could be handed down. Other than that we've used second hand. Not paid too much attention to the flex. I reckon kids aren't too fussy and if they are decent skiers/experienced just adjust to whatever they use.
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@reh_stuff,
Ah, I’m afraid that the boots are 24.5 (24 Shell / 24.5 liner). Think you are after 25?
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I am Jedster, but thanks very much for looking.
Thanks for your comments too Layne.
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@jedster,
Terry certainly still sells second and skis, don't know about boots though.
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@reh_stuff, I've got a pair of 25 boots that my daughter hardly used. The shells were used for 3 weeks but the inners are brand new and never worn! An accident (non ski related) resulted in her using different inners due to her injury.

I've posted them on the Buy, Sell thread.
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Thanks Muppet. I’ll have a look.
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