Head rep might teach you so, reality is unfortunately completely different. At least in WC skis (and most likely in others too), there's NO piezoelectric chip, which would retain kinetic energy. First, simply because rules don't allow this, and you can't use these sort of things on WC (or any other FIS race), and second, because people who are servicemen from some of top Head racers (and actively take part with ski development for their racers) would know about it. And most likely, most of Head DH skis wouldn't have top sheet cut straight over that infamous chip, if that would be really chip and not just graphics for naive people who think, there's some power boost hidden inside of a ski
Another thing is so called Atomic dominance... Is there really? These are current WC results:
Soelden GS W - Maze (Lange, Stoeckli) Zettel (Atomic, Atomic), Koehle (Fischer, Voelkl)
Soelden GS M - Ligety (Head, Head) Moelgg (Fischer, Fischer) Hirscher (Atomic, Atomic)
Levi SL W - Rische (Lange, Head), Poutiainen (Fischer, Fischer) Shiffrin (Atomic, Atomic)
Levi SL M - Myhrer (Nordica, Nordica) Hirscher (Atomic, Atomic), Byggmark (Tecnica, Voelkl)
Aspen GS W - Maze (Lange, Stoeckli) Zettel (Atomic, Atomic), Rebensburt (Nordica, Nordica)
Aspen SL W - Zettel (Atomic, Atomic) Schild (Atomic, Atomic) Maze (Lange, Stoeckli)
Lake Louise DH M - Svindal (Head, Head), Franz (Atomic, Atomic) Sullivan (Atomic, Atomic)
Lake Louise SG M - Svindal (Head, Head) Theaux (Salomon, Salomon) Puchner (Atomic, Atomic)
That means out of 8 races, one single one was won by Atomic skis/boots, so it's kinda hard to talk about such dominance, don't you think so?
Originally Posted by PlugBootBlues
Some equipment is just better.
Only a fraction of the overwhelming majority of professional golfers over the years who play Titleist balls are paid to do so. Some are, but many aren't.
Now, much like Atomic Redster boots are unparalleled in construction and performance, the same can be said for HEAD skis. No other ski has a piezoelectric chip which retains kinetic energy and stiffens the tail at the end of a turn. As a former HEAD rep teaches us the "RC4 moniker" thread, there is an "intelligence" chip in HEAD skis, and no other skis on the circuit have any intelligence.
Atomic revamped their race boot chassis, and now they are 8 for 8. That is pretty promising stuff right there.
The revolution that has begun with Atomic Redster boots will be bigger than the solid-core golf ball revolution started by the "Pro V1 392" (a then prototype name) back at Las Vegas in the fall of 2000.
I have tried these boots on, and they are indeed revolutionary.