Head Supershape iTitan ERA 3.0s
133-80-111 r=14.3m @170cm
I was lucky enough to get a bunch of runs on the 2013-2014 Head Supershape iTitan ERA 3.0s in 170cm. I have to say this ski blew me away...and I love trying lots of kinds of carving skis.
Briefly, this handsome ski (my opinion...your mileage may differ) had a stunning ability to grip firm surfaces with absolute security and a slick composure, executing short and long radius turns with a smooth, smooth, smooth personality. While the iTitan was instantly addicting, making me crank out serious ski-bending arcs across the hill at all speeds with remarkable confidence, it really did not require any real athletic input or staying power. I found you just roll them up to the desired angle, pressure them with some momentum, and they lock-in and carry the arc exactly where you point them. No deflection, no slipping, no vibration, no muss, no fuss..just pure, elegant grip and giggle-enducing centrifugal force, begging to be rolled the opposite way to do it all over again, and again.....You can vary your turn shape mid-arc, and they do exactly what you tell them to. Great stuff. Thiis model does not feel like 80mm underfoot...it feels narrower because of it's grip, but still stays on top of the packed powder because it IS 80mm...very convenient.
I am not sure if the chip technology Head has been promoting for quite a few years now really does what it's claimed to do (I am dying to dig the chip out of a pair and see if they ski any different), but the ingredients and geometry used to create this model are really, really impressive. The remarkable thing about Head's new iTitan ERA 3.0s is the low level of effort required to get it to carve intensely fun turns. The ski is light-feeling, easy handling and shows no hint of "plankiness" of heavily-dampened race-pedigree sometimes found in intense carving skis. This ski is a technical skier's joy ride. Fun fun fun. I also found the 170cm length surprisingly stable and quiet at GS-speeds, even though I am almost 6 feet tall and 180 lbs. I normally would not think of cruising at high speeds on a 170, but the iTitan really let me hang out at higher-than normal speeds with impressive comfort and security, all the time being very quite and composed underfoot. It does not have the explosive snap of some hard-core race carvers, but it has excellent acceleration in a really wide powerband, and will make tons of experts really really happy. It has been a long time since a race-carve ski really wound my clock like this one. Nothing is more fun than finding a new ski that makes you want to tell others to try it. If you can get a demo of this 2013-2014 model at one of the events this season, definitely do it.
Edited by ExoticSkis - 1/31/13 at 8:29pm