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Head Johnny 94/Twin tips

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hello!

 

I am looking into buying skis around this may, for next season, and I am seriously considering twin tips. From what I've read, they seem to be just as good on the mountain as all mountain skis, while having extra versatility in the park.

 

Does the Head Johnny 94 sound like a nice one for a primarily [one or two trips to the west coast] east coast, advanced intermediate skier? Does anybody have any suggestions of other ones? Also, I have Atomic Hawx 90 boots - would these be alright with twin tips? Take those into consideration if you have any skis to suggest!

As for price, I'd like to get skis I could find for under 500/600ish dollars.

 

Thanks so much!

post #2 of 11

I'm curious as welll.  This is one of the skis I've started to look at, in addition to the Scott Punisher.


I read that the soft tail makes the Johnny not that great for steeps.  Maybe someone who owns or has tried a pair can comment.

post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

That makes sense, anyone have any experience with them, or similar skis?

post #4 of 11
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Originally Posted by esso View Post

I'm curious as welll.  This is one of the skis I've started to look at, in addition to the Scott Punisher.


I read that the soft tail makes the Johnny not that great for steeps.  Maybe someone who owns or has tried a pair can comment.


I've used a pair of Johnny's (the model progression started out as the Mojo 94, then became the John 94, and this current season was the Johnny 94) for three seasons.  I think it's a great all-mountain ski that works well for almost everything.

 

Personally I don't find the tail to be significantly softer than most any other all-mountain twin in that 90mm to 100m-underfoot category.  I just skied it a couple of days ago on a pitch that I measured at 57 degrees.  That's pretty steep and I didn't find that the tail gave out on me in any way.  There are a number of people here at Jackson Hole who ski the John/Johnny as their go-to ski for any day of less than boot-top or deeper powder.  They seem VERY happy with them.

 

disclaimer: I'm an on-mountain rep for Head.

 

post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 

Bob Peters -

 

They sound great - how are they on varying conditions that are often icy or at least hard packed? [East coast].

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Bob Peters -

 

They sound great - how are they on varying conditions that are often icy or at least hard packed? [East coast].


I don't think we get what you Easterners would describe as "icy" conditions, but we have pretty hard snow from time to time.  I think they work quite well for that.  Enough so that I don't mind running into those conditions when I have the Johns on my feet.

 

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

So would you classify them as more park or more all-mountain style skis?

post #8 of 11

All-mountain that would do okay in the park.

post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 

They sound amazing. 

 

Last question - any reason they wouldn't work with my Atomic Hawx 90s? And should I ski them long or short?

post #10 of 11

No reason the boots wouldn't work.

 

You describe yourself as an advanced intermediate.  IMO, a shorter relative length will help you make technically better turns.  I would save the longer lengths for when you would comfortably describe yourself and an expert (whatever THAT is).  

 

The ski DOES ski somewhat shorter than its nominal length because of the turned up tail, but I don't think that's enough to warrant jumping up a length class.

post #11 of 11
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So if I'm a bit more than 5'8" next year, and probably around 140ish lbs, would the 159cm or 166cm size make more sense? I'd like them to last a while if possible.

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