When is it worthwhile to ditch the rentals and invest in kids' skis?
Your seven-year-old just bombed down a tricky blue run. This is the first time you’ve actually had to work to keep up with him. It suddenly hits you that it’s time to take his skiing to the next level, which might mean buying better gear. Suddenly you’re struck with the doubt shared by all ski parents: Is it worth it? Your kid is certainly still growing; in fact, he’ll probably grow out of his gear in two years, if not by next season. But without good equipment, he faces certain limitations, like when he gets going too fast and those rental skis start to shake like Tickle Me Elmo.
Everyone who does anything outside—skiing, surfing, biking, camping, kayaking, climbing—should have one of these in the trunk. (We like it because we’re tired of wrestling our kids into ski boots while they balance precariously on one foot in the snowy parking lot.) It folds up so the dirty side is always on the inside, a carabiner attaches to a backpack, and it’s insulated so your feet don't get cold. (Race gatekeepers: take note.) Qwickstand is $15, shipped to your door.