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Probably should've asked before I bought it, but can I handle this ski?

post #1 of 19
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Wanting a narrow waist ski for hard icy conditions (which is just about every day), I pulled the trigger when level nine offered Head icon TT 80 for 75% off MSRP. It's in 176cm, which is the longest in that model year, and from what I hear usually means extra stiff. It does come with dual titanal layers and feels quite a bit stiffer than 177 rev 80 pro. But on the other hand, I'm easily 200+lb with gears on, and 6'+ so probably on the bigger end of the scale.

I'm a half decent skier, comfortable on groomers in most conditions up to 30° or so (no steeper pitch on local hill so that's a guess). Can handle soft bumps okay if it's not too steep, but icy ones kills me.

Since I can't try them till end of the year, I thought I'd ask to see what can I expect. There's surprisingly little talk about this model, though the few (one or two) I found are quite positive.

Here's the Epic product link for some numbers: http://www.epicski.com/products/2011-head-icon-tt-80-pr-pro

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post #2 of 19
great ski, fantastic price, fine length - you won't regret it. the ski is highly regarded in Europe where carving remains the measure of all things. In the US it has a small but enthusiastic following as one of the two top recommended PMTS skis. good bump ski, too. It is a very accessible ski. i would not call it stiff by frontside ski standards.
post #3 of 19

Agree fully with docmartin. Excellent frontside, hard snow and light new snow ski. Great length for your height/weight. You should enjoy them. Many riders like to ski this ski with the bindings moved about 1cm forward. Easy to do with the adjustable Powerrail Bindings.

post #4 of 19
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Thanks, now I'm really looking forward to trying it. Good to hear it's good in bumps too, since that's where I'd like to improve.
post #5 of 19

It's a very nice ski, right length, you'll do fine, and yep, it'll be fun in moguls. 

post #6 of 19
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By the way they still have tons in stock (176 only) so if anyone wants one now's the time, I think I paid more for my atomic drive 7 which is a low intermediate ski a few years back at a local store.
post #7 of 19

At 6ft+ and 200lbs+, I probably would have recommended a longer ski; however, that can be tough to do now a days with a carving ski.  The ski industry has forgotten that when it comes to stability, length does matter.  I made the change to the modern skis a couple of years ago; changed from 1980's vintage 205cm racing skis (SL & GS) to a 183cm GS ski.  I am about 5'10 and 160 to 165lbs; but, of course compared to what I was used to, this is a short ski and flexible ski.  If you don't do so already, I would suggest keeping your weight somewhat forward on the front of the skis; and, depending on the terrain and conditions, appropriately shift your weight to the outside ski when turning.   

post #8 of 19

I p/u a pair also after talking to some skiers that have ridden on them. Don't see many bargins like this come around. 176cm w/ a 14.4m TR,sounds like my kind of ski a little longer than usual for a SL and still has a tight TR.

post #9 of 19

Pretty sure the Icons are not as stiff as the SuperShapes, which are themselves relatively user-friendly.  Don't think you'll have any problem with them.

post #10 of 19
I haven't skied on the before but read good things about them. The length seems to be right for your weight too. Sounds like you got a great deal on some good skis. Enjoy!
post #11 of 19
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Yeah, I figure at my size, there probably aren't many skis that are too stiff.
post #12 of 19
Where did you buy the skis?
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Where did you buy the skis?


Levelninesports

post #14 of 19

I"m thining about picking up a pair of these for my early season groomer and bump ski.  I can't decide b/t the 80 in a 177 or the softer 50 in a 170.  I"m a little smaller than OP at 5'10 and 175 pounds, skiing in Colorado.  My all mountain skis are Head Monster 88 in a 175, now a Head Rev 90 in a 177. Not sure which would be more appropriate. L9 says the 80 is super stiff?  Any suggestions?

post #15 of 19

Heh, I was considering that deal on the TT 80's as well but ended up going with the 2013 k2 chargers. Hope I can handle them! 

post #16 of 19
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If yall are willing to wait for two more months I'll try mine and report back, lol.
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yall

 

There's something about a guy from QC using that word...:eek:D

post #18 of 19
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There's something about a guy from QC using that word...eek.gifbiggrin.gif

Ha, does it help that I lived in Arkansas for 4 and half years? biggrin.gif
post #19 of 19
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I took it out on my 3rd day on snow tonight so take this fwiw. Very easy to handle, will carve or smear on demand, doesn't feel stiff at all. Compare to rev80 I can tell it's more nimble edge to edge however it's also a bit more difficult to slide (i.e. falling leaf and pivotal slip).
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