Ski Make: Head
Ski Model: XRC i.13 Chip
Ski Length: 165
Snow Conditions Used In: Man made, hard pack and frozen over
Number of Days Used: 5
Your Ability: PSIA 9
How Many Years Have You Been Skiing: 20
Avg. Days per Year Skiing: 45
Other Skis You Like: Atomic Beta Race 9.20, Volkl 5 and 6 star, Blizzard SL (race stock).
Your Height/Weight: 5’8”/ 200
First off, I have not skied skis this short since I was 12 years old and it has taken time and the good eye of fellow instructors to get me balanced on these shorter skis. So here goes my impressions.
This is a great front-side ski. Edge hold is fantastic in all of the even hardest conditions at all speeds. Carving is its specialty but don’t park and ride these babies they will get away from you. You need to stay in the front seat, drive them down the mountain and stay active throughout the entire turn.
The harder you drive them the more they give back. Arc-to-Arc they are quick and my carved turns have never been better. Rebound turns are there but at the higher end of this skis ability. It is very stable for such a short ski. Slice and dice. They are easy in turn initiation but will punish up unweighting. Flex at the ankles and roll them over; that’s all it takes for these skis to find the new direction. They respond well to turn shape variation and you can go long or short radius fairly easily. They also ski very well at slow speeds, which is great for my application. They make demos for lessons easier and more consistent.
I have not found an upper speed limit on these shorties in our limited terrain. But I am going to take them out to Jackson for an afternoon on JH’s limited groomed area and let them rip so stay tuned.
So, Do I like these skis? Hell yes! They are just plain fun. The are Fast, Quick, Stable and Versatile on the frontside. I would recommend them to anyone who looking for a shorty to rip it up on piste.