my 7 yr old daughter (who is a decent skier) wants to get into snowboarding (because she hates ski boots ). Do you guys have some general recommendations for kid's gear, seeing as how most stuff is on sale now? We went to the store just to look around, and kid's boots seem to be pretty different from adult boots. The Burtons we looked at did not have an interior liner, just the outside shell. Also, the part of the boot that covers the shin did not have laces; there was just a big velcro strap.
And what about boards? At her age, is it even worth getting a board since kids grow so quickly? Or should I consider leasing or renting the board/bindings? How do I pick a suitable length of board for little kids? The smallest board in the store was a 130, but even that board was a bit taller than she is.
thanks! I'd also be interested in hearing about your experiences in bringing young children snowboarding; how quickly can they pick it up, at which age do you start them (I heard that it's better to start the really young ones on skis, and around 7-8 years old they are developed enough to control a snowboard).
I have 3 kids and all have there own stuff including my 4yo. I guess there spoiled. With the price of rentals it is cheaper to get your own stuff in the long run. watch ebay for stuff world industries makes alot of kid boards that you can get cheap on ebay. boots look around for a good deal cause they wont last long. for binding burton makes these ones called burton scout binding my kids had better luck with these then the trad. 2 strap.
At her age, rent first. As a 7 year old, it's going to be difficult for her to pick up snowboarding, because of lack of development for more subtle muscle control. If you can make her wait until she is 8 or 9. If you do decide to get her gear, buy used, since she will be growing like a weed anyhow. Board length wise, it is like any other person really, it goes by weight, and not so much height.