The Volkl Racetiger GSL R junior skis with the plate are a young skier's first foray into the world of a real-deal race ski, complete with a Speedwall wood core and dual metal laminate. Available in a 118 cm length, these skis are ideal for GS racers looking for their first ski for legitimate racing, making emerging athletes feel like they're part of the club, making some of the cleanest, roundest turns all over the mountain, and especially in the GS course. The Speedwall wood core is made from a blend of poplar and beech wood, allowing the young skies to still be able to bend the ski, but at the same time, providing enough power and precision to stand up to rugged racing and carving conditions. For a ski of this size, having the dual-metal laminate makes it strong, stable, and stout, creating a powerful platform for skiers to push off of, allowing them to carve and create some serious edge angles, even on the hardest and firmest snows. The waist width of 64.5 mm generates a 7.5-meter turn radius, so these things are sharp and round turners, built specifically for junior racing and the appropriately spaced gates. For entering the crazy world of ski racing, there's not much else out there better-suited for strong GS racing than the Volkl Racetiger GSL R junior ski setup.