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2010 Head SuperShape Magnum Skis


Pros: Very Responsive

Cons: Can't think of any

I demoed these twice last season.  Great ski - very responsive, very stable at speed, although my 'at speed' is not really all that fast.  I did find that it's stability, responsiveness and short turning radius instilled a lot of confidence in my skiing and I increased my 'typical' skiing speed substantially.  My son skis on Head Supershapes and loves them.  I was soooo close to buying a pair, than decided to go fatter under foot (81 -87 range).  I may still pick up a pair one of these days  - absolutely nothing wrong with these skis.  For what they're designed to do - and their dimensions - I would venture to say that they're probably one of the very best skis out there (from my modest demoeing experience and other reviews I've read).


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?)

 They feel relaxed, amiable, almost soft.  Then pick up some speed and lay them over and WHOOSH!  Suddenly you're on rails.

Apparently it's that Head Intelligence stuff.  They seem to get stiffer as you go faster.  And of course they have that famous Head dampness that allows one to ski faster through rough snow.

Not that I'd intentionally ski off-piste with these-- they're the carving ski in my quiver-- but they're soft enough do OK in the unpacked.

It's carving on hard snow where they shine.  My pair are only 170's, but they felt fine on a steep groomer at 40mph.  Like a soft GS ski, but good for shorter radius turns.

PS: they were $300 because they were used.


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.

These skis were a bit of an impulse buy, but I love them.  They work well in the east, where boilerplate rules the day, and also do well in the west, where the powder falls like endless manna.

The topskins are a bit delicate (I've had to repair mine after a run in with a stump), but the skis hold their camber well from season to season.


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

Right now, this is my favorite ski I've ever owned.  I'm not that big into tighter slalom side cuts as I don't have quick reflexes but this ski makes very nice longer-radius turns for a ski with R=13.5.  Some tighter-radius skis I've been on are only fun if you turn turn turn all the time.  These, I can lay off and cruise when I want.  Then, get a bit higher on edge and get on them to bend them a bit and they'll lay down some tighter arcs.

I find it fine in the bumps and trees too.  It can carve or you can lay off and slip if you want.  I love bumps and trees and really like the skis in those conditions in addition to ripping up groomers.

I find it odd that this ski is listed under Head's Race category.  It really does make a fine all-mountain ski.

I would definitely recommend these to anyone who wants an all-mountain East coast ski for most conditions.  Sure you'd want something wider for the deep but this is a do-most-things ski.

I'm on the 170cm and it's a fine length for east coast skiing for me.

PSIA-E L2 alpine (I guess that must make me at least about level 8 huh)
ski 35-45 days a year

2010 Head SuperShape Magnum Skis

Head SuperShape Magnum carving and all-mountain skis.

Lengths 156 / 163 / 170 / 177
Dimensions 121/71/107 @ 170
Turn Radius13.5m at 170cm
ConstructionWood Sandwich Vertical Sidewall
Core MaterialWood and Liquidmetal (tm)
Binding SystemHead Freeflex Pro 14
Binding IncludedYes
Recommended UseMostly frontside but will handle anything short of DEEP powder
Recommended BindingHead Freeflex Pro 14
Recommended LevelAdvanced
Additional Info
Model Year2008/09
Binding Type
Recommended use
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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