Pros: Very Responsive
Cons: Can't think of any
Pros: Very Responsive
Cons: Can't think of any
Pros: Quick, smooth, damp, powerful, easy at slow speeds, rock-solid at high speeds
Cons: A little narrow underfoot for REALLY deep snow. Some feel it's a little soft for a heavier skier but I don't share that opinion. I'm 6'1", 195#.
I live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and ski essentially every day at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. I use the 177cm SuperShape Magnum as my main, everyday ski for this mountain. I use a pair of 187cm Head Mojo 94's as my "deep snow" skis, but I probably spend 70% of my time on the SS Magnums.
As far as credentials, I'm a part-time instructor at the Jackson Hole Ski School and I spent a bunch of winters as an alpine guide for backcountry skiing here at Jackson Hole. I love ANY kind of skiing at our mountain, from hard, smooth groomers through crud and powder in trees and chutes.
There are many things I like about the SS Magnum. It's a "forgiving" ski at slow speeds. I can very easily skid it, smear it, switch it, wedge it, or any other slow-speed maneuver. Despite that, it's a ski that feels super-solid and comfortable at high speeds on any surface. I ski them all over our mountain and I believe the ski responds extrememly well as long as there is a base of some sort. It's quick enough to be a pleasure in bumps and trees and chutes, but it's stable enough to go pretty darned fast when you're out cruising and the trees along the side of the trail are just a blur.
A ski of this width underfoot (71mm) is not going to be as easy in deeper, softer snow as a fat ski, but I find the SS Magnum to be very skiable in anything up to boot-top powder and crud. It is truly my ski of choice for any skiing I'm going to do if I expect there to be a foot or less of powder or crud. As proof of that, I've spent the last three days skiing my Magnum's out of bounds here at Jackson Hole, and I never felt I needed something wider.
I just think this is a truly great all-mountain ski. It's hard-snow responsiveness will help you learn better carving skills, but it still has that characteristic crud-eating "feel" that many of the Head models share. Give this ski a try. Practically everybody likes it.
By way of full disclosure, I'll also mention that I'm an on-mountain rep for Head skis/boots here at Jackson Hole. You should try the skis yourself to decide whether my opinions are objective or not.
Pros: smooth, damp, steerable
Cons: heavy (but what do you expect for a smooth, damp ski?)
Pros: Do-it-all skis: boilerplate to powder, trees to gates, these skis are quite capable.
Cons: Not as tenacious with edge hold as SS Speed or a full-on race ski, topskins a bit delicate.
Pros: Full laminate. Great front side ski that can still go into the bowls and chutes. Responsive and very stable.
Cons: Heavy but doesn't affect performance. Not cheap.
I was looking for a pair of skis to replace a pair of 05 Supershape WC that were stolen. I skied on Rossi 9X WC, Stockli Laser Pro, Head Monster 78, and The SS Magnums. Each of these is a great ski but it depends on your needs. My boys are into racing so I spend a lot of time with them on the front side groomers. I ended up with the SS Magnums in a 170. I weight 165, love to ski fast with strong carving turns. The Magnums are not like my previous skis. THey are wider underfoot and have a more even feel throughout the skis. My previous skis where a slalom cut, very quick from edge to edge, and stiffer in the tail. The Magnum are somewhere between a SL and GS ski. I took them to Lake Louise for 3 days. Conditions where cold, (10F, -12C), no snow in a few days, packed and groomed runs, some fresh snow still left in the bowls. The skis was exceptional on the first run. Steep, packed with ice under about 1 inch of snow. It carved well and held an edge on steep ice. I was very surprised. The skis builds confidence when you put it on edge at high speed because it rarely lets go, even on ice. After a few more runs we headed to long wide open blue/black runs. This is where the ski really came to life. No matter how fast we cruised, the ski never seemed to vibrate. Long GS turns were a brease. Tighter turns were also fun but required a little more effort, partly because of the ski being wider underfoot and not quite as quick to intiate a turn. We later headed into the back bowls. The first part of the run was skied out a little with 6" of crud. The ski handled it well and just blasted through everything. The lower half was untracked and the ski still handled it well but you really needed to be on top of the ski to steer it through. Unlike the Monster 78 which was more at home in the bowls that in the front hard pack.
Overall I love the ski. It is not the greatest ski in all areas but it does everything well. I had a pair of Volkl Racetigers RC and Head Monsters 72 in my ski box and I never even thought of taking them out. Great all around ski for instructors and dads who like to follow their little speedsters around the mountain!
Pros: Does a little of everything well
Cons: Obviously you'd want something wider in the deep stuff
Pros: Holds the edge ... groomed, hardpack, ice
Cons: Stiff, hard to engage ... Not for the 'soft stuff'
|Lengths||156 / 163 / 170 / 177|
|Dimensions||121/71/107 @ 170|
|Turn Radius||13.5m at 170cm|
|Construction||Wood Sandwich Vertical Sidewall|
|Core Material||Wood and Liquidmetal (tm)|
|Binding System||Head Freeflex Pro 14|
|Recommended Use||Mostly frontside but will handle anything short of DEEP powder|
|Recommended Binding||Head Freeflex Pro 14|