Kids’ Ski Racing Gear – The Checklist For Your Aggressive Racer
Do you have the little Speedy Gonzalez in your family? If you’re one of the lucky parents whose kids are into aggressive downhill ski racing, you need to be sure you’ve got them properly protected before they hit the gates. Finding the right kids’ ski racing gear will help you have peace of mind during their races.
This way your kids are equipped and prepared to truly, get, set, and go!
Checklist of kids’ ski racing gear essentials every child needs:
For a typical Giant Slalom Race, you must invest in the following items:
• Helmets: Make sure that you choose one that can withstand heavy impact. Usually, liners of helmets tend to get dented with one or two strong impact situations. Also, some hard helmets may not be well equipped to shield your child from whiplash or head injuries. Instead, look for helmets that are molded properly, meet proper certification standards, and also have good energy absorption properties.
• Gloves: They need to keep your child warm but more importantly must keep their hands protected as they race through the gates. For racing purposes, pick gloves that offer padded hand and knuckle protection and have a per-curved fit.
• Slalom Chin Guard Protector and Shin Guards: Be sure that you choose high impact resistant plastic guards that are molded for comfort. Good quality guards can easily last a few seasons.
• GS Race Suit: You want your race suit to have built-in protective padding, which is an important feature to insulate your child from hard falls. All GS race suits come with forearm, upper arm, thigh and knee pads. It also should have a thumb anchor that keeps sleeves from sliding.
• Pants: To complete your package of kids’ ski racing gear, you must also get full zip pants or training pants that zip into shorts so that your kids will stay warm in between races.
• Goggles: Kids’ racing gear is not complete without a pair of good quality goggles. Choose a pair that has the right percentage of VLT (Visible Light Transmitted). Clear lenses have a higher percentage of VLT than darker lenses. However, this percentage really depends on skiing conditions. Usually, an amber lens works in all conditions. Also, consider the types of goggle straps available with the piece. Make sure that your child tries out the pair for size and comfort.
• Boots: The right pair of boots is an absolute must for aggressive racers. For smaller children, boots with 2 or 3 buckles is fine. Older children who are advanced skiers can opt for boots with 4 buckles as well. Make sure that kids can flex their feet after wearing their boots. This flexing is important to develop good racing technique.
With their complete suite of kids’ ski racing gear, your children are sure to feel their adrenaline rush while on the mountains. And you know what the best part is? They’ll be safe and comfortable while you will have peace of mind!