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Head Worldcup i.speed rebel (looking for feedback/comments)

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Anyone running these non-FIS skis?  Would like some feedback/comments on them.

post #2 of 11
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sorry... hit send to soon....

 

looking at these as a second ski for recreation racing ASRA/NASTAR.  Currently have Racetiger Speedwall GS in 185 R19.8, I'm 6'0, 230#.

 

Looking to get these to go with a pair of Raptor 115 race boots.

post #3 of 11

While I am a fan of Head carving skis, I've not skied the Rebel I Speed, but with that in mind....

 

It's more a cheater GS ski, so my first thought is that it's too similar to your existing GS skis. What length are you considering? What change are you looking for? Check out the Supershape I Speed which is also a racing ski with a smaller turn radius between GS and SL which should help you refine your carving ability on a racecourse. Personally, If I have a quiver, I want flexibility. 

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I'm looking for something that flexes a bit easier than the Racetiger.  I'm looking for a second pair of GS skis to have set up for different conditions.  One to have a tighter structure for cold weather and another with a medium/deeper structure for warmer weather. 

post #5 of 11
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Bueller???  No one has any feedback on these?

post #6 of 11

Really nice ski, I have been on it a couple of times. This is a great option for a "cheater" GS or even if you like the feel of an old school GS ski without the desire to go to a full 30M FIS ski.I think this will fit the bill for what you are looking for.

post #7 of 11
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Philpug... any feedback as to how it compares to the Racetiger Speedwall GS?  I have the previous seasons version (2013/2014)... red with white and silver graphics... 19.8R... if I were to get the ispeed rebel id get the same length 185... R19

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Hi. I have a pair in a 180cm length. I'm 5'10", and 210. I love them. I also have a pair of 178cm Dynastar Course Pro's, which have a 74mm waist. I've skied and owned Fischer, Stockli, and Blizz Cheaters.

 

The Head is essentially the same layup as the GS ski that is available to most of us. Pretty beefy, and certainly adequate for 98% of those who race. It's a real GS ski with an 18M radius. It's described by many as being very "damp", like any good GS ski. Don't confuse damp with dead. I find that it's easy to tip up on edge, and that the tip really engages easily, and locks right into the turn shape. I've heard some people say that the ski isn't that quick through transition, and I think that's BS. It's plenty quick. If you're centered, and on the front of the boot, it's great. The KERS may help. Dunno about it. It skis, and feels like a real deal GS ski, but with a much shorter radius, so a bit quicker everything. I think PP's comment is right on the money. 

 

For me, the Course Pro is more versatile, in terms of free skiing a GS cheater. My race career ended with the 1976 US Nationals. I spend a lot of time around the race world though, and I've skied an awful lot of Head and Volkl race skis in recent years, as my now adult "kids" were on them. The Head Cheater, IMO, is a bit more of a one trick pony, which it sounds like you want. It's a short radius GS race ski. I free ski more often on the Dynastars. If my home hill {a big one} is rock hard and buffed, and I'm going to be skiing wide open "firm" groomers, I'll grab the Head's. If I were thrown in a short radius course, like NASTAR, on a hard surface, I'd pull the Heads. If the snow were a touch softer, maybe the Dynastars. 

 

The one thing that throws me off is the comment about a "softer" ski that the Volkl. I don't see it as being that ski. I have a hard time believing that a guy of your size with good skills wouldn't really like the ski, though. I would also start with looking at the 180cm length. The ski seems to ski differently in both the 175cm and 185cm. I've skied it in a 185cm, and really didn't like the feel. My brother has skied mine, and a 175cm, and felt the same. Two guy's opinions, no more. 

 

Hope that helps rather than confuses. Just to add to the mix, my brother's new hard snow ski is the Atomic cheater. He's a great skier, and a gearhead, and he raves about that ski. I have not skied that ski yet. Hope to try his in a week or two. 

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Originally Posted by dadskis21774 View Post
 

I'm looking for something that flexes a bit easier than the Racetiger.  I'm looking for a second pair of GS skis to have set up for different conditions.  One to have a tighter structure for cold weather and another with a medium/deeper structure for warmer weather. 

i.speed is very stiff! 

 

Try Atomic Redster Non-FIS D2 GS  or new D2 3.0 Gs with Ramp TechThumbs Up

 

Atomic is easier to ski and has better edge grip! (I know my Screenname, but I skied heads exclusively for 5 years)

post #10 of 11
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thanks Atomicman   appreciate the insight.

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thanks Atomicman   appreciate the insight.

So, what did you buy and how is it?

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