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Thread Starter 

I'm interested in the iSupershape GS. Has anyone out there skied it? If so, what can you tell me about it? I'm interested in how it performs off the race course. I'd also like to know the size skied and your approximate weight. If you're skiing this ski, I already surmise you are an expert skier. Thanks.

post #2 of 8

Hi, MD.

 

I ski on a lot of Head skis, but I'm not exactly sure what model the iSuperShape GS is.  Can you look at this website and clarify which model you're asking about?

 

http://www.head.com/ski/ski.php?region=us&tag=racing

 

The reason I'm asking is that as far as I know, the only "GS" ski Head produces for adults is the iGS RD, which is a race-stock model that you would typically have to buy from a special race shop (or order through a Head dealer).  The iGS RD is a heavy, fast, technical ski that is a hell of a lot of fun if you're skiing fairly open spaces.  

 

I have a pair of iGS RD's that I ski fairly regularly here at Jackson Hole.  Mine are from about five years ago, but are in almost-new shape because I probably only ski them between 5 and 10 days a season.  I occasionally ski fast, open race courses on them, but mostly I free-ski them here at JH.  The one thing about them as a "recreational" ski is that the turn radius is quite long, so they really don't start to come alive until you're going pretty darned fast. Mine are 185cm with (I think) about a 27.1 meter turn radius.  I weigh 195#.

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

Bob,

 

The ski I'm looking at is the iSupershape Speed SW SP13. It has a turn radius of 14.6 @ 170 cm. I'm currently skiing on 7 year old Rossi 9X Oversize @ 181 cm, but I'm only 150 lbs and am looking to go a bit shorter. I've heard a lot of good about the new Heads, but no-one seems to talk about the racing skis that are a step down from the world cup skis. I've used racing skis for all-mountain skis for most of my adult life and just haven't much cared for anything else.

 

I think the RDs probably filled the same slot in Head's roster several years ago that the iSupershape Speed SW SP13        fills now. Unfortunately, as you point out, they are hard to find. I was hoping some racers mignt be selling some on e-bay, but haven't found any yet.

 

Mad Dog fi

post #4 of 8

I took that ski for a ride back when it first came out.  I've also tried the 9X-Oversize.  I tried the Head SS Speed in 177, I weighed about 170 lbs at the time.  I can't remember what the 9X Oversize length was but it was not too far from that. 

 

Going from memory, and comparing the Speed to the 9X Oversize, I found

  • The 9X Oversize was pretty agreeable and willingly did what you wanted, without any surprises or problems, but did not do anything really well.  It seemed to be the "every-man's" GS ski, fairly forgiving and easy to use no matter what your preferences or skill level (barring of course absolute beginners), but still competent to perform the task at hand.
  • The Speed on the other hand begged to be skied fast.  It felt solid and locked in on a carve and gave me the impression it would not be fun for someone who did not know what they were doing,   If I had more money I would have bought this ski on the spot. 

Compared to the 9S-Oversize, the speed feels more solid, has more beef and better grip, but won't be forced into a skid as easily and will reward you for taking charge.

 

Other opinions are valid, the above is just my opinion.

post #5 of 8
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Thanks, Ghost. The way you describe the Head Speed it sounds like just what I'm looking for. You also hit on one of my peeves with the 9X Oversize; too often it skids out. One of the reasons I'm thinking of going a bit shorter is because of that skidding. Like I posted earlier, I'm only 150 lbs and skiing a 181 cm 9X.

 

Did you ski the Head on anything other than groomed runs? If so, how did they perform?

post #6 of 8

No.  I skied it on groomed hero snow and also on an icy south facing slope that had been scraped off by boarders and put through a few freeze-thaw cycles.  It held very well on the ice hardpack.   I imagine it would not be the best choice for soft snow (too stiff).  If your snow is usually over 8 inches deep, look elsewhere.  It's a little too stiff for bumps too, but unless you spend a significant amount of time in bumps, I think the sacrifice is worth it.  I would rather have a ski with some beef in it when skiing fast and live with it the rest of the time than the other way around.

 

(edited to correct reference to ice it was not real ice; there were no fish beneath it.)


Edited by Ghost - 5/16/11 at 5:19pm
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by Mad Dog View Post

Thanks, Ghost. The way you describe the Head Speed it sounds like just what I'm looking for. You also hit on one of my peeves with the 9X Oversize; too often it skids out. One of the reasons I'm thinking of going a bit shorter is because of that skidding. Like I posted earlier, I'm only 150 lbs and skiing a 181 cm 9X.

 

 

  I would be cautious about going down in length if you are concerned about skidding out.  170 is pretty short if you want a good GS feel.   @160# all my GS skis are all in the 181-188 range. YMMV
 

 

post #8 of 8

I'm 145ish and anything under 175cm feels too short for my GS skis.  I'm skiing on 176's right now, and will probably bump up a few cm for next year

 

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  I would be cautious about going down in length if you are concerned about skidding out.  170 is pretty short if you want a good GS feel.   @160# all my GS skis are all in the 181-188 range. YMMV
 

 



 

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