Head i.SL RD 166
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Head i.SL RD 166
I'm actually going to try them again tomorrow. I fell in love with the SL's, but I am curious. So maybe they're not retired yet and maybe I started this thread under false three-tenses.
If you get the chance, post your thoughts on the 8.0CA after skiing it again.
Okay hobbes here goes. Bear in mind these skis have about 125 days on them,so might have lost some of their life.
I skied the same dark blue run on firm, but not icy conditions. 1st run the SL's. 2nd run the Magnums.
They felt like planks. I felt like I was skiing on 2 X 4's in the belly of the turn, no turn shape, no grip. Of course they're 17m turn radius as compared to about 13m.
They may fit a purpose for me, fresh snow, but not enough of it to ski the Soul 7's, or maybe glades - but the Soul's may win out for that too. The SL's blew away the Magnums on the groomer.
I have more than two pairs, but my main two for this year have been:
2015 Volkl world cup SL - 165. Daily driver. Used mainly for coaching, ice, groomers, and the even park. I take them in the trees and crud if I don't have the Mantras with me.
2014 Volkl Mantra - 177. Pretty much used exclusively on powder days. They were perfect for this past weekend.
The other pairs are a variety of Volkl world cup race skis from the past few years, and some 4FRNT MSP's from a few years back.
Last season was 85% on a Rev85 pro, 14% on an Nrgy 100, and the other 1% on a Blizzard WRC or Bodacious.
Next season, probably will continue to use the Rev's for the work main stay. Not sure about pair two... probably 98-105... Maybe a Monster 98 or Collective 105. Who knows? Maybe even a Rebels iSpeed + Monster 88 and mount the Rev's telly... Depends what and where work happens. Doesn't look to be shaping up to be much of a fat ski season in the PNW. I guess I just hope we have a season.
The more you drive them, the more they give back. But if you don't drive them, you're going to have a bad time...
I had to create an account just to support this, I have had the Collective 105 for 2 seasons and it is the best ski I've ever owned. Cant even feel landing hits/small cliffs, they effortlessly absorb the impact and are very durable while also being nimble enough for all but the tightest of trees.
Head Supershape in 170
MX78 in 184
Atomic Nomad Blackeye ti in 181 (bought last summer on a whim ... I might like them, might not)
FX94 in 186 (re-mounted 2cm forward this season after being 6mm behind the line last year)
Armada JJs (don't know why I have these, I've never found the conditions locally to make them work)
Heading to the snow tomorrow for our demo weekend. It's supposed to snow all weekend down here (we need it)
Keen to try the new Enforcer, Elan's new (3D titanal) Amphibios, cambered RTMs (apparently), Powertrack 89 mounted on and behind the line, Head's Monsters, the new lengths for Kastle's MX and FX series, and the list goes on.
Last season was 181 cm GSRs and 179 cm PE's (80mm version) mostly with a sprinkle of 170 iSuperShape WC.
This season I'm thinking 179 cm CaBrawlers (bump ski with a GS sidecut) and 192 cm m777 (87mm version), again with a sprinkle of 170 cm iSuperShape WC.
Deep Holiday exception for 192 cm m999s
I think with me it was definitely lack of imagination
Head Rev 78
Head Rev 90
My 78's are now gone. The more I skied the 90's the more and more I liked them. Thanks for your input on the 105's. It has been suggested that the Rally and maybe the new Monster 98 would be good choices for me. I know I want to demo the new CPM 82 but right now leaning to the Stockli Laser AX and maybe finding a deal on the 105.
Barring any serious loss of self-discipline (which could result in ski gear "investments") I'll probably stick with my Rev 85's @ 177 and Rev 105's @ 180 for the 15-16 season.
That said, I did have the binding toe piece lifted 8mm on the Rev 105's to zero out the ramp angle, and loved the results. Any time I hit soft snow I seemed to have been leaning in the back seat to compensate for the forward lean due the ramp angle; once I made that change at the recommendation of my boot fitter the skis felt completely different and much more balanced. I think I need to raise the toe piece 5mm on my 85's.
My guess is that when I demoed, the demo bindings may have had less delta than the binding I bought with the Rev 105's (not knowing what I know now); the 85's I got on a consignment sale from the StartHaus.
So in a way, it's like getting new gear.
Now, if I was to look at a new two-ski quiver for 15-16, there would be some fun choices. I demoed the Salomon XDrive 8.8 and thought it was pretty capable. I also tried an Xrace which was pretty exciting on the hard piste but not as versatile as I'd like.
I'd like to demo:
Head Rally maybe Fischer Progressor,
Head Monster, Head Collective (Maybe Cyclic), Nordica Enforcer, Fischer Motive 95, Already tried Stockli Stormrider 95 (pretty awesome skis, pretty much out of my budget).
Getting hard to pick one... but generally laughing at Fatskis. Atomic165 FIS SL's = Brutal, No Lubrication. Blizzard S-Power = Easier yet Serious. Head SShape Magnum = Very smooth instr.skis. Volkl AC 50 = Dumb at first then moved binding Fwd 13mm = smarter. Fishcer RC4 WC RC = Just better enough to feel smug. Atomic Nomad Savage= great carver on piste and verra versatile. Fischer 193 GS= Smooth at 50mph... 50 ? woah. Oh yeah: Rossi Avnger 82 = Easy yet productive early season ski. Head M77= Decent GS. Head Mojo 94= Meh... Dumb and Dumber like the Mantra.
Have italicized the relevant word. Bet most here, regardless of quiver size, spend most days on one of two pair for a given area. Or for that matter, just one. Seriously, that why it's called (drumroll) a "daily driver." The second ski is for either unusually firm (if you're a fat ski guy) or usually soft (if you're a narrower ski guy). The other, oh, say 5 or 8 pairs are for fondling, wish fulfillment, hopes of an epic trip ahead, some esoteric sidelight, like racing or skinning, or represent hoarding disorder (now recognized by DSM V).