From Dawgcatching's Short Reviews of 2011 sub-80s, 1/13/11
Head Supershape i-Titan: new 78mm ski, somewhat replaces the Peak 78. Tested in 170 and 177cm.
1st day: manmade, hard snow at Winter Park, at the US industry demo. Definitely the skis of choice for these days: most everyone was ripping around on frontside type skis, and I don't think I have ever seen such a high concentration of reallygood skiers (like ex-World or Europa Cup level) in one place. These conditions were made for the skis tested here; a good carver makes a bulletproof day a hell of a lot of fun. Definitely the most fun skis, especially on that kevlar-vest like groomer down to the base area, were the most powerful, pseudo-race skis. We all had big grins on our faces.
2nd day was in mostly softer snow and groomers, at Alpine Meadows. These skis still performed well (4 inches of crud isn't going to slow down a frontside type ski), although it wasn't the pure hard snow of Winter Park.
3rd day was mostly hard snow (rain over snow, then frozen) with some crud thrown in. Pretty good conditions to test out edge hold, although the snow wasn't as predictable as the 1st and 2nd demo. Still worth demoing these skis though, especially on groomers.
About me: 5 foot 9, 155lbs, competent all-mountain skier, and could zipper-line expert-level bumps for the first time in my life by early spring. Probably ski 40-50 days per year. I tend to enjoy big open, high speed bowls, bumps, trees, fast groomers. My skiing speed is fast to full-on.
This ski more or less takes the 78mm Peak slot, although it isn't the same ski. It felt like 2 different skis in the 170cm vs. 177cm. I first skied the 170cm at Winter Park, in some softer bumps, and off-piste (up to 6” of new wind-blown snow), and frankly, it ripped. Not the most stable ski in the world, but stable enough for all but the highest speeds, and super quick, fun, energetic, and forgiving. It was extremely fun in zipper-line bumps, smooth snow, crud, whatever I threw at it. I had forgotten how much fun off-piste skiing could be on a short, snappy ski: this ski would literally bounce you from turn to turn in the crud. On really hard snow, edgehold was somewhat lacking: it isn't the stiffest ski laterally, but seemed stable enough. It was just one of those skis that you never want to exit the fall line with. Great ski!
In 177cm, it became a lot of ski, and found a GS character that was very stout. I didn't like it as much in that length. It was more of a handful in bumps, extremely stable, but kind of burly. There is some video of me on the ski at Alpine in bigger, soft steep bumps. It also lost much of it's fun energy, and became more of a 2x4 in feel. I was much less impressed in the long length, so if you look at this ski (it deserves a look for a frontside machine) then be sure to go under head height. Ski it short, harness all of that mid-flex energy, and feel like you are driving a little 2-seater sports car.
Highly recommended, a blast to ski!