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Quick Ride: 2013-2014 Head Supershape iTitan ERA 3.0s

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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.

 

Some pics:

 


Edited by ExoticSkis - 1/31/13 at 8:29pm
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Great review.  I have been trying to decide between last years(2012-2013 the white one) and this new one I knew was coming.  There is early rise in this new (2014) version. 1  Apparently this is not a drawback based on your report over the excellent performance and popularity of the old one.  2  The old one was 78 under foot and this one is 80?  3  Old one at 170 (my choice of size for my small midwestern hill) was 13.5 radius (again my choice)So is the 2014 the same or did they change it?    Would appreciate your help, Exotic. 

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Exotic,  Oops on my part.  Missed the specs at the top of your post before I sent the last one.   Would still appreciate your thoughts on comparison to the old one. 

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OK, so this is next years availability? Don't see them on the Head website.... Can you compare them to the Rev 85 era? 

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And there is suppose to be a new Rev 78 that might be closer in comparison to examine for 2014.   I am sure none of these are on the web site yet but demo days around the country are coming up soon for dealers and any feed back would be helpful.

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I really liked that ski at the demo.  It was quick, precise, had the traditional Head dampness yet still with a high fun factor.  They were really good in the trees too, except for the somewhat hooky tip.  The only weakness I found was that I overpowered it on scraped off end of day manmade snow at high edge angles.  Went back to the tent, grabbed a pair of i-Speeds in 180cm, problem solved! 


Edited by dawgcatching - 2/7/13 at 7:00am
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wait till you get on the titan rallys;. a phenomenal ski.  Head is making some great skis. 

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Originally Posted by Marpa View Post

Exotic,  Oops on my part.  Missed the specs at the top of your post before I sent the last one.   Would still appreciate your thoughts on comparison to the old one. 

 

 

I think the new one is more versatile...but really really similar...not an earthshaking difference.  I think it is a mere refinement of a proven formula.

 

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Originally Posted by Carving Lance View Post

OK, so this is next years availability? Don't see them on the Head website.... Can you compare them to the Rev 85 era? 

 

No comparison to the Rev 85 era...I found the Rev 85 to be somewhat dull and uninteresting..perfectly capable, but no real fun factor.

The SuperShape iTitan era I tried was a silky, addicting racecarver for hardpack surfaces, while the Rev 85 seemed like an all-terrain ski which compromised excellence in all categories so it could be "just OK" in all categories.  I would take the Rev into soft snow conditions before I took the iTitan into 3D snow...definitely,

 

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

wait till you get on the titan rallys;. a phenomenal ski.  Head is making some great skis. 

 

I heard the same thing from a buddy of mine at the Stratton show....phenomenal is the same word he used to describe the Rally.  He was very impressed with the performance of the new Head lineup for the coming season...

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

wait till you get on the titan rallys;. a phenomenal ski.  Head is making some great skis. 

Found one photo of this with no info on dimensions. Is it a 70-something? 

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Found one photo of this with no info on dimensions. Is it a 70-something? 


The Rally is the middle of the series @ 76mm. The Titan has been widened somewhat to 80mm while the Magnum remains @ 72mm. All three are spectacular examples of this genre and within the category, among the best skis that I've ever tested.

 

SJ

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The Rally I think has a 13.6 turning radius in a 170 according to the Head rep.  That puts it right there with this years Titan in a 170.  I'm trying to choose between these 2 skis.  I think for my small midwest hill ( Perfect North Slopes ) the Rally would get the nod.  If I lived back out west, the Titan would be more versitile.  Now, where can I demo them is the only question? 

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just returned from stratton and tried many of the heads. winner was the rally, which at 35-40 mph was stable,a great cruiser and capable of any turn shape even tho the radius may be tight. the titan, (which i wanted to really like) was a bit slow to come around and was more of a bigger mountain ski.

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Demo'd the iTitan at Mammoth on dry, hard snow w/ no one on the mountain. Boy are they heavy to tote around...Excellent stability and good edge at speed but the width and bulk of the ski when trying to go from carving to short swing was troubling. Should have stayed on for more than two runs but had to get back on the Blizz's for their lightness and quicker responses. Will look forward to trying the 76 ski next year.

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These and the magnums were a real blast to ski.. By far some of the most fun skis I have gotten a chance to ski over the past several years.

The rally was a lot of fun also. I only got one run on these so I never really found my "sweet" spot on these. Mike Iman loved them.
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How do these work for the heaver chap?  Im 220' without kit on and a pretty aggressive skier, Ive used the Salomon 24 Hours in 178 in the past and I love them (damp, stable and responsive with a 19m radius) perfect for the steep and fast slopes in Europe.  I bought a pair but they were delammed and im looking for somethig new for next season with their short radius im worried I might over power the heads.  My last pair of piste skis used were Fischer World Cup GS Skis in 176 with a full metal race plate on them, fun but way to aggressive for day to day use.

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I just purchased a pair of the titans 2014 model for club racing... i wanted a high performance ski that would be content on the slalom and GS courses and i didn't want to have to take them off for general skiing during the day.

These ski's RIP... the grip is mindblowing, the ability for short and long radius turns is astonishing. The extra width at 80mm waist not to mention the broad tip and tail lets you take them pretty much anywhere.

 

I have the 170cm length weighing 99kg at 173cm ... no vibration or any concerns... let em rip.

 

Skiing is Australia usually means we see all conditions most days... slush, ice, crud, light powder... no prob at all.

 

 

My other skis are a pair of blizzard bonafides go anywhere skis that are great but if you really want to carve the ititans rock and roll.

post #18 of 24

The 85 rev pros are much softer more forgiving with a quarter of the grip and a different radius.

 

The titans are more for people who can handle the grip whereas the 85's are more cruisers for intermediate/advanced skiers.

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Did someone tried it in the 177 version?

 

And did someone tried it in bumps?

 

Marpa: the tip rocker on the titan is very light...

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I know this is an old thread, but someone just gave me a pair of these skis, flat. Anyone have a binding recommendation?

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I know this is an old thread, but someone just gave me a pair of these skis, flat. Anyone have a binding recommendation?

 

I've owned the last two versions of the Titan and virtually every Supershape ever made.  I never knew the Titan was sold flat.  I've always seen them with the Head PRD binding.  Something with a little stack height would be my recommendation.

 

http://www.coloradodiscountskis.com/store/Tyrolia_17_PRD_11_Kit.html

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Thanks. They're lightly used and the binding has been removed; that's why I need a new one. I'm not sure what year they are, but I'm thinking 2013 or 14.  They're 156 long, and 129-75-107.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanks. They're lightly used and the binding has been removed; that's why I need a new one. I'm not sure what year they are, but I'm thinking 2013 or 14.  They're 156 long, and 129-75-107.

 

 

 

 

 

That's the Rally not the Titan.  Fun groomer ski.  The Head PRD would probably slide right on the rail.

 

 

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Yep they are 13/14's and came flat or with a Head 12 din binding.
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