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Induction Certificate Number:   74020120831-307
Induction Date:   August 31, 2012
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   Roces 6-in-1 Adjustable Childrens Ski Boot
MSRP:   $123-$130 USD
Company URL:  http://www.roces-snow.com
Rating: 

Roces 6-in-1 Adjustable Childrens Ski Boot

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Product Evaluation Specialist
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  08/31/2012

The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boot is changing the way parents buy and rent ski equipment with technology never seen before in the ski industry. The boots are exceptional due to their ability to grow with children and accommodate their unique and changing needs.

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Sporting Goods - Activities, Equipment, Toys 2008 Consumer 2-5 years Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) - Index



Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Cost Benefit Durability Innovation Level Marketing Value Orthotic Quality WOW!Factor™
5 5 5 5 5 4.5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



Critical Evaluation Information

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About Our New Inductee
A quick yet informative glance at what this New Inductee is all about.

As always, we strive to feature the latest and greatest in products which have passed our evaluation. With no hesitation I can calmly state that this product is by far the most impressive product we have evaluated to date, which has what it takes to be inducted into The Toy Man Product Guide. Introducing The 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boot...The image below is an example of the ski boots in actual use.
Image of Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots - Pink
"I am more than pleased with these ski-boots. The price was fair and in the long run I'm saving money. They'll grow with her and keep her safe."


* A quote from one of the mom's at one of our consumer hands-on evaluation events.  She bought her daughter a pair on the first day of our 3 day event.
The IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots, manufactured by Italy-based Roces, is available in the United States this ski season after a tremendous response in Europe. The unique children’s ski boot is changing the way parents buy and rent ski equipment with technology never seen before in the ski industry. IDEA is exceptional due to its ability to grow with children and accommodate their unique and changing needs.

Just imagine for a moment, not having to go purchase new ski boots for your child as they transition in their growth from a toddler to kinder age. I shudder to think of the costly expenditure for the ski boots again and again as a child grows. The IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots create an entirely new perspective.
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Additional Details and Perspectives
More than just a cursory glance with aspects of relative importance.

The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots are more than just another set of children's ski boots. They are setting a trend by solving ski industry issues and concerns with children’s ski products. This is accomplished by way of the ingenious design of the boots which is like no other product on the market!

Whoever heard of and "adjustable" ski boot? Well, if you haven't before, you have now! The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots adjust with the growth of what is considered an "average" child’s foot from around toddler age to adolescence, (pending on height, weight, and bone structure of a child, as the Orthotist evaluator expresses in his report which follows this section.)

The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots are quite simple to use and adjust in three easy steps. Just open buckle, choose the size that fits best, and close the lever on the first boot, then the second. The simple adjustments available with the buckle, enable you to quickly change length, width and cuff height while at the same time create a level of maximum comfort for young skiers within the target age range for which the product was developed.

Day trips to the mountains or family ski vacations are now far easier and more enjoyable with the children’s ski boots. Unlike many other ski boots on the market today, with a few simple modifications, kids can be ready to ski in a boot that is not only familiar to them, is is safe as well.


An image of the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots  
"I found it surprising to see that these ski boots are not just another slipshod design which paints a false illusion of quality and functionality at a low price. These ski boots which could very well create an entirely new segment in sales of ski boots for children."

* A quote from one of the independent evaluators in his analysis of the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots.


No matter which way the wind may blow in buying trends, skiing isn't a recreational sport which a child will cease in a prompt manner. The years of use and enjoyment on the slopes will incur enormous costs for replacement of ski boots for a child each year. The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots cut that expenditure and time lost and replace it with more money and time to enjoy a greater abundance of visits to your favorite ski lodge or resort each year.

IDEA Children’s Ski Boots Are Eco-Friendly?

According to the ski professionals we interviewed and other qualified sources, children get an average of three seasons out of one pair of boots on the average. When you consider that, and then the fact that the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots reduce the number of pairs of the ski boots which are generally discarded when a child grows out of them, what you have is an Eco-friendly product.

To fully grasp the immensity of the positive contribution the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots provide in regard to ecology, why not take a wild guess of how many pairs of children's ski boots are discarded in a one year period across the globe as children grow out of them.

Good Boot Construction and Competitive Price = Good Value and Investment

According to Roces staff, "The boot’s construction makes it very safe and the competitive price makes it an extremely good investment. The IDEA boot is becoming popular in ski rental shops by allowing retailers to carry fewer boots, freeing up space for other items. The boot is also helpful in satisfying customer’s requests with exceptional comfort, performance and quality construction. The distinctive aspects of the IDEA boot help save resorts and rental shops money and resources."

Roces, is based in Italy, and is a widely recognized worldwide leader in the design and production of in-line and ice skates. They have applied their knowledge, technology and expertise from their past successes in the creation and design of the IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots exclusively for children.

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Independent Evaluator Reports Icon Independent Evaluator Reports
Extensive independent study and analysis by credentialed scholars.
The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from inclusive detailed Evaluator Reports pertaining to this New Inductee. These reports have been prepared by top credentialed scholars from their own extensive independent study and analysis.
 

Orthotic Research Specialist, MD,PhD
Director of Pediatric Orthotic Research and Development

"The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots are not just another slipshod design which paints a false illusion of quality and functionality at a low price. These ski-boots could very well have created an entirely new segment in sales of ski boots for children with the highest level of quality and innovative design.
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"There is nothing more pleasant to the mind for a person such as myself, than to see a structural design which speaks of quality at first glance such as the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots. With their meeting the highest level of orthotic standards in ski-boots for children, there is virtually no risk of weakening of the spine in any manner from repetitive use of these ski-boots."


"Even though it is adjustable, the form of the boots is such that any potential pinching, bruising, or other discomforts are virtually non-existent. A child's circulation in their feet will remain steady and nothing but the strongest support is provided at all primary points of concern."

"The primary feature of the IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots is that they adjust with the growth of what is considered an "average" child’s foot from around toddler age to adolescence, (depending on height, weight, and bone structure of a child.)

Parents can rest assured that these ski-boots will not influence the creation of any damage to their children's feet, legs, or spine which will be carried on into their adult life. They provide the support that is needed in all appropriate places to make the child's skiing experience a pleasant one, yet doing so at a competitive price."


Ski Boots Design Engineer BS, PhD
Director of Product Research and Development

"The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots Shoe were the first and are still the favorite ever designed when it comes to adjustable ski boots for kids.  Since its first introduction to the U.S. market in 1998, the IDEA ski boot has solved ski industry issues and concerns with kid's ski boots."

"There is no other product on the market like the IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boot. The boot adjusts to accommodate for the growth of a child’s foot from roughly 2 years of age to adolescence.  The design of the boots represents simplicity to the finest degree."

"Adjusting the boots can be done in 3 simple as well as easy steps that don't require a rocket scientist to figure them out.  You open the buckle, select the specific size setting that fits best and close buckle." 

"The IDEA ski boot allows for adjustments of length, width and even the cuff height to create the maximum level of comfort for young skiers as well as a safer skiing experience. This helps define what makes the IDEA ski boots so unique."

"What many consumers are not aware of is that each ski boot manufacturer sizes its children's ski boots slightly differently. This can result in the creation of painful blisters from use of the boots and this is just the start.  Repetitive use in skiing will incur a domino effect process of progressive damage to the spine and other lower extremities. The IDEA ski boot resolves this problem."

"When you consider the extended use capability, the increase in the level of safety and the superior quality design of the IDEA ski boots, it's plain to see that they are by far the most suitable ski boots to buy for children.  They can be used not only for one child, but siblings to follow later as well."


* PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate evaluation report summary, (ERS). All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member or division of Epiphany Communications and the International Parenting Institute.



Consumer Hands-on Evaluation
Details about the experience at our consumer hands-on evaluation event.

The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Adjustable Children's Ski Boots provided an unusual experience for our staff and volunteers across the pond in reference to our consumer "hands-on" product evaluation process. As the title of this section implies, this was more of a "Feet-on" product evaluation process with the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots. Plenty of snow and cold to go with it, it made this consumers hands-on evaluation quite unique from most.
Image of Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots.  
"The adjustable ski boots were simply splendid. Thank you for the opportunity for my son to enjoy such a wonderful product."

*  A quote from a mom whose son got to try out the blue Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots




There were plenty of challenges to embrace for this event, getting a location and participants for the event itself was easy.  The more difficult part was to how to get a ski professional out there to assist our staff and volunteers in this segment of our evaluation of the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots. Despite the challenges, they still managed to get everything put together.

The young who lady who assisted our staff managed to convince our first little girl to participate in our evaluation of the ski boots. The little girl wasn't big on being photographed or being on skis with her Mom watching.  Although she was frowning much of her time on the skis, she still made it clear the experience was "...fun, and my mommy really liked the pretty boots."

When our consumer segment was completed, it was quite enjoyable to see so much positive feedback from the people at the resort and surrounding areas in their feedback forms. All of the families who participated enabled our staff to get a good sampling of valuable feedback from the kids and parents. 

Our child psychologist was assisting our team again and delivered a "brilliant" report which was a valuable asset to assist us here in the States in this segment of our evaluation.  In her report she made a very good point of how the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots can contribute extensively to a child's critical skill development as well as primary motor skills.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and other peripheral information, it was so simple to establish that the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots passed this segment of our evaluation quite comfortably.
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Evaluation Category Rating Scores and Summary
A sampling of the evaluation category rating scores from the product review itself.
There are a total of 357 evaluation categories in our entire evaluation process.
(Not all categories apply to any one product or service under evaluation.)


COST BENEFIT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Cost benefit these days, whether a corporate buyer or consumer, the rules still remain the same. A buyer must be a bit miserly and has the task of establishing a judgment of the cost benefit in buying a product. Just as with other products in the past, it comes down to two questions: "What do I get for the price I am paying?" and "Is the product worth the price?"  The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots were a shoe-in for this category.

What you have here is a superior ski boot concept that rivals everything else out there! Best of all, it is sold at a price which is literally a "given" as far as appeal and popularity.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for COST BENEFIT




DURABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots were put through a number of repetitive tests to push the limits of durability for the clips, boot material, and foundation, yet they still held up with no real visible signs of wear and tear. According to the Orthotic Research Specialist, the material used was designed to last for the full term of use, yet still provide a contribution to being Eco-conscious.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots had what it took to manage a perfect score of [5] stars for DURABILITY.





INNOVATION LEVEL: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

There is not the slightest hint of question in regard to The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots innovation level in this category. The concept of the design and function of  the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots is nothing short of impressive. Original in design and delivering a positive influence in regard to Eco-conscious concerns with expandability for longer term usage for a child, this is true innovation at work.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots achieved a perfect score of [5] stars for INNOVATION LEVEL






MARKETING VALUE: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The marketing value of  the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots is an undeniable point of perfection. The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots promise a very strong potential in sales with the innovative design and visual appeal as well as expandable ski boots for children.

The potential sales markets are more of a specialty in a sense, due to the nature of use for which they were designed. With an excellent MSRP, and a WOW!Factor™ that captures the eyes of every child who see them. The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots have easily proven they capture the attention of kids and adults alike.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots pulled its weight all the way to an almost perfect score of [5] stars for MARKETING VALUE.






ORTHOTIC QUALITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

According to the "Orthotic Research Specialist", The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots are not just another slipshod design which paints a false illusion of quality and functionality at a low price. These ski-boots could very well have created an entirely new segment in sales of ski boots for children with the highest level of quality and innovative design." 

As you can obviously see, the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots excelled so dramatically in regard to ORTHOTIC QUALITY.  Innovative design and quality that wowed us all in our evaluation process with the product.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was clear to see that the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots screamed in the gates with a perfect score of [5] stars for ORTHOTIC QUALITY.






WOW!Factor™: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 5 gold  stars4.

WOW! is the name of the game in this category! In every evaluation environment, The Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots were a "must-have" product that parents were prompt to inquire where they could buy a pair for their child or children. From the very first moment that everyone, including consumers and retail sporting goods store managers saw the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots, the first word out of their mouths was "WOW!"

Although there was plenty of "WOW!" in the evaluation process, it was short lived and replaced by a more serious analysis of the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots.  It appears that with products such as this, the focus is more on the design and functionality.

After reviewing all feedback forms, video tapes, staff notations and category rating sheets, it was determined that the Roces IDEA 6-in-1 Kids Adjustable Ski Boots fell short of a perfect score by half a point, yet achieved an incredible [4.5] stars for WOW!Factor™.
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EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
       
    Overall Rating:   5
     
    Seal of Approval:  
     
    Recommends Award:  
       
       
    eco-Recognition™ Seal:  
     
    Award of Excellence:  
     
    eChoice™ Award:  
       
       
    S. T. E. M. Award:   
     
    Mom Approved Award:  
     
    Award of Recognition:™  
       



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