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Any info on the Head ski line: Venturi, Collective, etc.

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Did any of the retailers get a chance to demo any skis in Heads new line? Any thoughts, particularly on the 95mm Venturi?

 

I'm a fan of Heads. The middle of my quiver is currently a pair of beat up Mojo 90s I ski probably 2/3 of my days. They were demos and now have survived three years of my flogging them and skiing over any semblance of snow, so they're starting to break down and I'll be looking for a replacement soon. From what I read on here, the Rock 'n Roll 95 would have been a good model to test out, but they're discontinuing it. The Venturi seems to be taking its place, so I'm interested.  For what it's worth, I primarily ski at an East Coast resort with a strong bias toward natural snow (though not always soft snow). So it would get most of its days there.

 

Edit: Thread title should say "new" Head ski line


Edited by MarcusBrody - 3/7/13 at 4:52pm
post #2 of 13

Tested the Venturi at the industry demo at Snowbasin a couple of weeks ago.  It was fine off-piste, but was pretty average on groomed snow at speed (lacked stability and edge hold).  IMO, the Rock N' Roll is a far superior ski.  I didn't ski any of the wider models in this series, they could be much better.  But it is safe to say that the Venturi is really best for an intermediate skier and mostly soft snow.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hmm thanks a lot for the info!

 

Though I admit to being a bit disappointed.

post #4 of 13

Try to North American special make-up model known as the REV 98 if you're looking for Rock and Roll performance. The Venturi and Collective are built with 30% rocker featured in both the tip and tail whereas the REV series will carry some more torsional rigidity through the shovel and is only rockered in the tip.

post #5 of 13

The Venturi @ $499 is a great value of a 95mm wide ski. I didn't ski the bigger ones yet. In that price point, it is a viable option of a ski. 

post #6 of 13

some returns from head venturi?

post #7 of 13
Skied the 95... Venturi? It was a noodle... One of the rare skis that I'd almost quit the sport if they were my only option. Lighter skiers (140-175#) really liked them though.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by markojp View Post

Skied the 95... Venturi? It was a noodle... One of the rare skis that I'd almost quit the sport if they were my only option. Lighter skiers (140-175#) really liked them though.

Thanks for putting them on my list to try. smile.gif
post #9 of 13
I'm a 50 yr old Ontario skier. 5'9" 165lbs.
Fit mtn biker and non-racing cyclocrosser.
Skied several years in youth working in lake Louise before taking long break travelling and working and raising kids.
Past siz years back on skis and at my local hill 50-60 times a season - week nights and weekends.
I am a fast carving skier and can go anywhere anytime.
Daily drivers are Volkl Tigersharks 12ft and volkl grizzlies both w powerswitch (works!).
Also an assortment of narrower skies like 66mm dynastar contact grooves and head peak 78s.
I wanted something to ski on next trip to Rockies.
Did 14 days at Louise last spring w grizzlies and although I had fun I wanted a ski better suited to such a big mtn.
Grizz was too much work outside its comfort zone.
My first choice after research was the S7 by Rossignol.
Then come autumn I discovered the Soul 7 as the do it all big mtn ski.
But sold out everywhere before the snow could fly.
My local hill sells Head skis and Elan, etc.
they suggested that I try the Venturi 95.
Talked to a few there who loved it.
Well, I've been riding it now for a few days and LOVE it.
It rips the groomers like i could never have imagined.
Tight carves with lots of pop.
So light on my feet but lots of confidence.
Easy to roll over an holds a steep edge with ease.
No noticeable chatter at all.
Can't wait to take them to Louise or whiteface in NY this spring.
I'm always praying for snow.
Now I'm begging...
post #10 of 13

I also own this ski and think it is the best all around ski I have ever owned.  I am 6'2" 215 and it is not a wet noodle like another poster stated.  I live and ski in the Midwest but spend 10+ days a year out West and it handles everything well and carves better than skis with less underneath.  Add to it a killer price and you have a great combo without breaking the bank.  I don't know if it matters but they are made in Austria and not China like other production skis these days.

post #11 of 13
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Originally Posted by steeladdict View Post

I also own this ski and think it is the best all around ski I have ever owned.  I am 6'2" 215 and it is not a wet noodle like another poster stated.  I live and ski in the Midwest but spend 10+ days a year out West and it handles everything well and carves better than skis with less underneath.  Add to it a killer price and you have a great combo without breaking the bank.  I don't know if it matters but they are made in Austria and not China like other production skis these days.

Glad it's working for you. For the record, as a rule of thumb, I like Head skis. Love the Raptor boots. Ski the Titan. May well ski a 191 collective. The Venturi didn't work for me. Neither does the Rev 105, but I like the 90... Go figure, eh? smile.gif
post #12 of 13

update:

Friday night Jan 24 dropped 12" + at local hill.

was very dissappointed that I could not get the tips up and out of the snow.

needed a tow rope to get down hill. now, our hill is more of a bump and lacks lots of pitch.

but i was expecting more.

Sunday's packed powder was corduroy heaven with this ski.

100% confidence to rip our black diamonds with gusto.

still love this ski, as it will likely retire my volkl grizzlies as daily driver.

but will now be looking for 1-teen ski to take along with the Venturi when i venture out west in March.

maybe a 2013 S7 x188cm w 117mm waist. can be had brand new for under 600 incl bindings...

post #13 of 13

Coolhand's post above said the 95 would be best for an intermediate skier on mostly soft snow. I couldn't agree more. The Venturi would probably fold up under a skilled, aggressive skier, but for me (64, upper intermediate, moderate speed, medium turns) the ski was a blast. The 95 is easy to handle for its width, forgiving, stable, not catchy or grabby, and mellow. I was on the 181 cm length. I was apprehensive that it would feel like too much ski, but the Venturi felt good right away. Just hop on and go! It's the first tip and tail rockered ski I have tried where I didn't notice the whole rocker thing, I just skied it. The 181 cm Venturi looked huge beside my "daily driver" 176 cm Dynastar Big Troubles, but in many ways it was actually easier to ski. The Venturi offers a balanced, fun ride for the not-too-aggressive skier. I hope that more intermediate skiers will give it a try. This season I demoed a bunch of wide skis (Elan Spectrum 95, Scott The Ski, K2 Kung Fujas, Rossignol S7, Atomic Access). The Venturi blows them all away. 

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