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2013 Head Rev 85: great crud ski!

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Anyone skied this? I was on this the other day, in some good snow (mostly crud), and it was really fun! Perfect ski for the conditions.Scott 4.jpg Tip was floaty, it blasted crud well, handed the groomers at speed (which were really rough and soft), and also did bumps quite well.  Really responded well to tipping that inside foot.  I would check it out!  Anyways, wondering if anyone else had skied it.  Here are a few shots:

 

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The 85 is the ski that seems to get the nod in the Rev series. Metal is good.

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dawg - what length are you skiing on the Rev 85?

 

I'm also wondering about what the differences are in the construction layup between the skis in the Rev series.  The dealer workbook only says "sandwich cap construction" for every Rev model, but I'm guessing from markojp's comment that there are differences and that the 85 (and maybe the 80) have metal in their layup.


Edited by Noodler - 3/28/12 at 5:38am
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Yeah ^^^^,  I asked this in the other thread too: Construction? Also I notice that the 85 has far fewer lengths than the 90, and less taper. Is the assumption that the 90 is flexier, more soft snow all mountain, while the 85 is stiffer, more of a wide carver? Lot of very similar designs crammed into 25 cm. 

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Yeah ^^^^,  I asked this in the other thread too: Construction? Also I notice that the 85 has far fewer lengths than the 90, and less taper. Is the assumption that the 90 is flexier, more soft snow all mountain, while the 85 is stiffer, more of a wide carver? Lot of very similar designs crammed into 25 cm. 



I believe the 85 has 1 sheet of metal. It feels stiffer in flex than the 90 and 105.  Not a super stiff ski: more of a middle of the road flex for a high performance ski.  Softer than the Elan Apex.  It skis like an all-mountain ski (similar to the Peak 84 it replaced) rather than a carver. It is a pretty solid carver on groomers (fair amount of sidecut, big tip) but doesn't have a carver feel to it.  Bigger sweet spot, better off-piste than your typical wider carver.  

 

 

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Please keep in mind that the Rev line much like the Peak has teh Pro and Non Pro version of many of the skis.  I have skied both the Rev 80 Pro in a 170 leangth and the Rev 85 Pro in a 177 length.  When the surface gets hard the Rev 80 seems less solid underfoot than the Rev 85 and the raised to seems to chatter a bit.  Of the two the Rev 85 gets the nod from me and all others who have tried both that I spoke with.  It could be the length but I suspect the Rev 85 is a better received ski.

 

Mike

 

 

post #7 of 10

OK, you're losing me a bit here. Are the REV 80 and 85 the "pro" models, while the 90 and 105 are the non-pro? 

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I was assuming that the Rev Pro models were so designated because that have the Head PRD PowerRail binding included.  These skis are also available flat (non-Pro).  It is true that this season there was a construction difference between the Peak 78 Pro and the Peak 78.  Hopefully someone can confirm this for the new Rev series.

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Dawg,

 

You had posted some review info. on the 2013 Blizzard Magnum 8.5ti and 8.0ti as well.  I am curious about how you would compare/contrast the Magnum 8.5ti and the Rev 85 in terms of terrain/skill suitability and "feel".

 

Thanks!

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Thanks for the review.    I ordered my Rev 85's - 177 cm with the Look bindings from Dawgcatching.com  this morning.   Wonderful staff - they answered my questions and fixed up my order.   (Realskiers.com also told me to get the new Rev 85's - thanks Peter!)

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