I happened to be at Winter Park yesterday dodging the Grand Prix crowd at Copper. Im in the search for a nice frontside/groomer ski to compliment my 2014 gotamas. I have the habit of riding the goats as an everyday ski. I find them very versatile in everything but really hard courd like conditions were that morning. Demo days were going on but vendors were very limited. Head was on site and happened to have two skis that ive been eyeballing for the last few months, the Supershape iTitan and iRally.
The booth only had one pair of each and both were 177cm in length. Im 5'9" 190 and ski aggressively so i decided to check em out even though they were a bit long.
First I strapped on the iTitan. Standing on the ski and at low speeds I was very comfortable. It felt a lot like riding on my gotamas. Not quite as free as that, but very loose and turny. I didn't expect that looking at the broad flat rudder like tail they carry. At speed this ski was the smoothest, dampest, fastest ski I had ever had under foot. A true rocketship. I liked the ski but it seems like all it really wants to do is run really fast downhill. After thinking back on the runs I made on the ski I think it may have felt this way due to the extra length. I didn't have any trouble controlling the ski at all but what felt really good was just destroying the hill in record time making pretty large arcs. If I owned this ski im pretty sure I would be in trouble with patrol at some point in time. To boot I really want something a bit more playful while I cruise with the family, but I think I might have that if the ski was shorter? IDK, that's why im here asking for opinions.
Next I traded the titan in for the iRally. Immediately I could feel the extra camber and pop under the ski. At slower speeds they seemed to be a bit unpredictable. If I wasn't paying attention and running the ski flat it had a tendency to blow out or slip under light turns. I first thought it was a tuning issue, but im not sure. The ski felt like it had a ton of tail, unlike the looser feel of the titan in the same length. I think this may be alleviated in a shorter ski. The rally was really stable at speed but it felt like it really had a sweet spot speed wise and when you would really tip and rip the ski it produced big smiles on my face as it would shoot you from turn to turn. Its certainly not a lazy mans ski from what I gathered.
Both skis were very fast, very damp, and extremely smooth, but I don't think theyre what im looking for. I would love to have them in my quiver...either one, but I think each ski is a bit too specific I think in what theyre good at even if theyre REALLY good at doing it. They just don't fit my bill for what I need even if theyre what I really want... if that makes sense. If I skied alone or with a group of rippers every time I went out I wouldn't even hesitate and run with the iTitans. I like to go fast, they like to go fast, sounds like a winner. I just really wish they would of had the ski in a bit shorter length so I could have test ran it.
Im looking to replace my 2011 K2 Rictors which have become way to tip flappy and now that ive advanced I just really don't like the ski or the way it feels. Ill be primarily using whatever ski I choose to ride with the family. My wife is an above average beginner confidently skiing groomers only. My son is a little ripper and loves skiing bumps and going fast on anything single diamond and below. I would like something that's poppy enough to have fun carving courd while the misses skis slow behind or in front of me, works well in the bumps with the kid, and isn't too soft at speed. Is a shorter iTitan what im looking for?
Any other thoughts are welcome. Ialso want to check out the Blizzard Latigo.