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Head Collective vs Icelantic Shaman

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Male, 6ft, 150lbs.  I am an advanced ex racer who skis fast and aggressively.  I am looking for a ski that I can use most powder days in Vermont (not the over 1foot dumps) to rip the glades/trails, and I am thinking of mounting an AT binding on them for short side country trips (maybe marker kingpin when it come out).  I have Volkl Bridges (reverse camber, 98), Kendos (no rocker, 89), Line Prophet 90s (tip rocker, stiff tail) and Liberty Double Helixes (tip rocker, 121).  

 

I can get a good deal on both the Head Collective (105, 20%tip rocker, 80% camber) and the Icelantic Shamans (110, all camber).

 

Has anyone skied either of these?  What would you recommend?  

 

Thanks for the help in advance.  You guys always give great advice!

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Never skied any Head skis. Made a few runs on the Shaman and love them. Great tree skis that really let you make quick turns. Super damp feel. Didn't do so well making larger gs style turns. I prefer more rockered, slarvy type skis personally, but I have a couple friends on some Shamans and they love them.
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Head collective... Too much rocker and sidecut to be a slarver, so if that's what you want, wrong tool. That said, I've skied the 191 and thought is was a nice powerful tool. Be aware that the mounting point is way forward. I skied them -4. The local rep skis them -6. Anyhow, they felt very stable and damp to me, but I only got a couple runs on them. This seasons has a stiffer tail than last, and that's good. I may well be skiing a pair this season.
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