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Ted Ligety's new Orange HEAD Display skis

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 

Ted Ligety has been carrying around an orange HEAD display ski recently.  Does anyone know if this is the design for next year's race stock lineup?  This is a major redesign from the characteristic black-and-white HEADs of recent past.  If these are not next year's race stock design, what ski is this?

 

 

If nobody has any clue what I'm speaking of, either check out the link below, or just look at the screenshot I've displayed from the Universal Sports rebroadcast stream of the interview with Ted Ligety on his GS globe.

 

http://www.universalsports.com/video/assetid=78f1146e-57fe-4b33-b64b-69df914e3376.html#2011+world+cup+finals+ligety+gs+globe

 

Ted Ligety interview.jpg

post #2 of 23

That's the GTO. Not a race ski.

post #3 of 23

Has he been racing on them, or just carrying them around?

post #4 of 23

Nevermind, check out http://www.fall-line.co.uk/videos/201112-ski-review-head-gto-200-sw

200cm, that's a serious ski.  

post #5 of 23

Dude....those skis are like cheater Super G skis.....200cm..wow....860 quid = $1394 !!!!   Whoa!

 

Head going back to yellow/orange colors. 

post #6 of 23
Thread Starter 

A serious ski... WOW indeed.  And illegally narrow at 63 mm.  Hopefully this is not just a european model (all reviews and talk thus far have come from Euro websites).

 

Also, I couldn't understand much of the british gentleman's talk... did anybody catch the radius on these things?  Also, I hope "taking out metal" means just thinning dual laminates, rather than removing one.  I think we all appreciate double lamination here.

 

And to Richie-Rich (in reference to SG ski thread you started), if you are not planning on doing FIS/USSA SG next year (i.e. no equipment specs), then this just might be your ski

post #7 of 23

I had yellow and orange Head skis back in the 70's . HRP Comps. They had a limited production race ski a year or so before that was orange and yellow the XR-1.  It's hard to believe that was 40 years ago now.

post #8 of 23

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Originally Posted by BoredAtBMBW View Post

 

And to Richie-Rich (in reference to SG ski thread you started), if you are not planning on doing FIS/USSA SG next year (i.e. no equipment specs), then this just might be your ski

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Originally Posted by Richie-Rich View Post

860 quid = $1394 !!!!   Whoa! 

 

Or I'll hook you up with some SG Racetigers for like $250 er I mean $1000, see you'll save $384!!

 

I really hope they're not like the Blizzard R-Power (G-Power, but 63 underfoot) which is only sold across the big pond.  Either way, it's not like these will ever be top sellers anywhere
 

 

post #9 of 23
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Originally Posted by BoredAtBMBW View Post

A serious ski... WOW indeed.  And illegally narrow at 63 mm.  Hopefully this is not just a european model (all reviews and talk thus far have come from Euro websites).

 

Also, I couldn't understand much of the british gentleman's talk... did anybody catch the radius on these things?  Also, I hope "taking out metal" means just thinning dual laminates, rather than removing one.  I think we all appreciate double lamination here.

 

And to Richie-Rich (in reference to SG ski thread you started), if you are not planning on doing FIS/USSA SG next year (i.e. no equipment specs), then this just might be your ski


'e said they took a bit ov the met'l out ov'em, not all the metal.  They made them a bit bendier, but not too much bendier.

 

post #10 of 23

As the British gentleman in question, here's a tad more info. These are what we'd class as novelty skis, because they're entertaining, good to ski but way to expensive to hit more than a couple of stores in this country. Radius is under 20m - 17, I think, though they don't feel like that when you first try them. Time to try them in powder, just for old times' sake, I reckon.

post #11 of 23

^^^^ Like your site. Some of us over the pond can actually understand the Queen's English. biggrin.gif

post #12 of 23

As a Brit, I know the Queen and all her family. We have tea. It gives her a chance to practice her English on poor people.

I don't get to look at this site anywhere near enough but it's got a good feel.

post #13 of 23

Really?  Any thoughts on the dementions of this thing (well tip and tail, given that we know it's 63 undefoot)

It looks pretty straight

 

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Radius is under 20m - 17

post #14 of 23

Nevermind the skis, what's up with those shades?

 

1000x500px-LL-6befa6c0_TedLigetyinterview.jpg

 

They remind me of the time my two year old put on my Aviators haha  Oh, and the old Carrerra 70s porn star shades.  I actually have some kinda like this but don't have the stones to wear them anymore.  Are they back in?

Carrera.ChampionA.16077.jpg

post #15 of 23
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Originally Posted by Fallliner View Post

As a Brit, I know the Queen and all her family. We have tea. It gives her a chance to practice her English on poor people.

I don't get to look at this site anywhere near enough but it's got a good feel.



no such thing as a Brit, anyone who calls themselves that has the misfortune to come from the bottom half of the island......duel.gif

post #16 of 23
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Nevermind the skis, what's up with those shades?

 

1000x500px-LL-6befa6c0_TedLigetyinterview.jpg

 

They remind me of the time my two year old put on my Aviators haha  Oh, and the old Carrerra 70s porn star shades.  I actually have some kinda like this but don't have the stones to wear them anymore.  Are they back in?

Carrera.ChampionA.16077.jpg


They are in, go into any better dept store and you will see Carrera sunglasses only now they stil cost a lot but are made in China. But those on Ted are prob from Shred.
post #17 of 23

Here you go - just dug this out of the press release. Doesn't feel like a 17m radius when you first leap aboard, but you get round to it eventually. And they do make a short one, but what's the point...

 

Technical Data

 

Model         Lengths (cm)               Sidecut (mm) / Radius (m)

GTO 200         170/180/190/200           118-63-100/ 17.6 @ 200

post #18 of 23

These skis are being marketed as a man's ski as opposed to unisex or womens ski.   Saw some of the other Head offerings interesting stuff.   Chip skis look awesome as usual.   Now they have a Motorhead series and a Jon Olsen series with a picture of his Lamborghini on it with Gumball 3000 decals. 

post #19 of 23

I want to try these!

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Model         Lengths (cm)               Sidecut (mm) / Radius (m)

GTO 200         170/180/190/200           118-63-100/ 17.6 @ 200



 That looks like a dangerous amount of fun. I want. cool.gif

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Head gto 200 - a marvel
Peter j. cesnik
As the 67 years old ex ski coach and downhill racer I love long skis. The new short sabres of the new carving generation did not take to me and I in fact do not like them. Now Head placed on the market something for real skiing enthusiasts; in fact the ones who swear by the "lances". The ski does take a few runs to get the proper feel of it and its capabilities. To say that the ski is rather quick is a gross understatement. It is hellishly fast, yet with firm hold in all conditions. It is extremely nice and responsive in hard ice - Slovenia presently due to the lack of natural snow and cold weather has planty of boiler plate stuff. The ski is like a rally 4x4 sports car. And above all it does forgive small mistakes but not at slow speeds. At slow speeds it does need guidance, at speeds it travels almost on automatic: you look left and the ski goes left and you look right it goes right. It dos not like weddeln style skiing without a fair amount of work involved on behalf of the skier, but in skiing style bordering on GS it is just superb. The best ski I have ever skied in my 60 years of skiing.
post #23 of 23

Just saw a pair of 190cm's in a shop on a 60% spring sale. Its still quite expensive compared to old stock race skis that can be bought for 200USD but the consept is unique. A long GS ski with a tight turn radius. Nothing like this arround by other manufacturers. True racing skis are made to FIS rules and up untill last year you had the womens 184cm long R24m sis and the mens 187-193 long R>27m skis. Nothing in between or out of the range. Like this GTO that has a turn radius shorter than the womens skis but are longer than the mens skis. That means a stable run and easily carved turns on hard groomers or race courses. Since the new >30m and >35m WC skis are out of the question for all of us Masters and Beer Legue racers the manufacturers will finally be able to make dedicated skis for this segment of skiers. Should I buy? 500EUR!!!

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