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Thread: head im88 review
05-19-2007, 05:11 PM #1Registered User
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head im88 review
Short: Very high speed limit. Excellent no new snow/ groomer/crud ski. Buy them.
Long version: Ever since I sold my Wizard Explosiv to get some prophet 100s, I have been looking for a somewhat burly, go fast ski for groomers, crud etc. Prophets are great in powder and soft but do have a speed limit. At the beginning of this year, I got some PEs based on a bunch of good reviews. They worked OK in park/pipe for me but have a VERY low speed limit (in my opinion). My review here http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=74224 Lots of people love PE in longer length and thats fine with me. YMMV.
Later this year I demoed a bunch of skis and thought the LP in 186 was the most stable but overkill for my local terrain. I liked the Head's in that demo the most http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/s...ad.php?t=79670 the most because of the damp feeling. I was going to buy them next year but Ptex1 had too good a deal to pass up (Thanks man, sorry about bad season in Montana) so I got them in early May. BTW, great service from Ptex1, skis came very fast and well packaged.
Construction: Sandwich. Fair bit of metal. Ridiculously damp. 126/88/112. 175 stated length but actual contact is longer than my Prophet 179 and same as Gotama 183. They ski like a 180. I am 5'8, 140-145. Px12, Krypton. Mid body is quite stiff. Tip is medium stiff (much stiffer than my prophets or PE). Tail is quite stiff and will punish bad techniqe. There is a pin tail (tail much narrower than tip), so feathering is possible and doesn't lock you in a turn radius.
Groomers: Couldn't find speed limit. I have been radar'd on race snowboards and skis (but not on these) and have a decent feel for actual speed. No issues at 40-50 mph making actual turns (not in tuck). Basically feel like a GS midfat ski.
Crud: Main reason I got these. They are ridiculously damp. At low speeds, they feel dead and don't have much pop. Exact opposite of my PE which pop like crazy out of turns. However, as speed build up, these come alive. At about the speed my PE start to deflect and chatter, these start loading up and rebounding. Very confidence inspiring. I was worried about the excessive sidecut and that is something to watch for if you are straighlining. They don't ski crud like my explosiv (whihc were much straighter, stable but less damp) but in a different good way. These do like to turn but are still stable. Pintail helps you change radius quite easily. Tail is quite stiff so it will launch you if you go backseat.
Steeps: Not enough terrain inbounds in mid May. I hiked the Wy'east face on Mt Hood. I like a stiff, straight ski on steeps for edge set and to slide on ice. These are stiff but not straight. They worked fine but with warm weather, snow wasn't icy enough to really test.
Powder: One day of 6 inches in early May. They were fine but more testing needed in deeper snow. My intution is they will be OK but not great. Flex is quite stiff and may not float great. I am not too worried though with Prophet 100s and Praxis for next year, these won't see much deep powder.
Bumps: Ver little real bumps available. Not a good bump ski with the flex pattern.
Overall: Very happy on groomers, crud and speed. If they work well on steeps, I will be fully stoked. Highly recommended based on my days so far.
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