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I have a pair of Head Radial SL. They are from the Calgary 1988 Olympics. They have the original colour scheme tyrolia bindings on them and they have never been skied.

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Does anyone know the history of the Head Calgary 1988 Radial SL skis and how many pair of these skis were made.

 

I had them given to me from a great friend and promised I would keep them safe and give them a nice home here in my living room.

 

The only reason my entire ski collection stays here in my living room is because I am a single guy, as soon as I find a girlfriend or wife,  I am sure the whole collection will be booted out into some old garden shed out in the backyard or buried in the basement , will  be a very sad day.

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 3 pics of my world famous ski collection that my 16 year old Daughter is not too excited about getting when I head up to Heaven.  I told her that this collection is going to be worth some serious money one day.  At $5.00 per pair from the thrift store I have some pretty serious ching ching tied up into this collection.   Hey, it's great wall art for the living room.

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Add this to the 'more retro memories' thread.

http://www.epicski.com/t/69076/more-retro-memories/6960#post_1880061
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 3 pics of my world famous ski collection that my 16 year old Daughter is not too excited about getting when I head up to Heaven.  I told her that this collection is going to be worth some serious money one day.  

 

 

Teach her how to tune them.    Start with the FOs maybe. 

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Love the Z Forza's on the 7M's..I don't have that color combo.

 

I see the Calgary skis have the matching bindings, cool.

 

Dude, sweat socks at tip protectors? Seriously? 

 

Check out the Retro Memories thread, these belong over there! 

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Hey, I only have the socks on the tips just to keep the skis from scratching up the wall, just renting the joint and don't want to scratch up their wall.  Does anyone know how to post some pics over to the retro memories section?

 

I also have a pair of Rossi ST COMPS Equipe with Salomon 444, I took them out last season,  lots of good chit chat and memories in the lift lines on those babies.  

 

Thanks,

Darwin

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ST 650. One of my favorite all time skis. Had them my junior year of high school. My, I'd love to take them out for a couple of runs.

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Does anyone know the history of the Head Calgary 1988 Radial SL skis and how many pair of these skis were made.

 

I had them given to me from a great friend and promised I would keep them safe and give them a nice home here in my living room.

 

The only reason my entire ski collection stays here in my living room is because I am a single guy, as soon as I find a girlfriend or wife,  I am sure the whole collection will be booted out into some old garden shed out in the backyard or buried in the basement , will  be a very sad day.

suggest you hide the collection before you bring prospective wife/girlfriend home.

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Originally Posted by skier guy1964 View Post
 

Does anyone know the history of the Head Calgary 1988 Radial SL skis and how many pair of these skis were made.

 

I had them given to me from a great friend and promised I would keep them safe and give them a nice home here in my living room.

 

The only reason my entire ski collection stays here in my living room is because I am a single guy, as soon as I find a girlfriend or wife,  I am sure the whole collection will be booted out into some old garden shed out in the backyard or buried in the basement , will  be a very sad day.


The Head Radial was constructed like the radial tires of that day, two diagonal layers of glass that crisscross and one horizontal layer and that was wrapped on a wood core.  If you look up the inventor of the radial tire Arthur William Savage you may see a cut away of the tire and the pattern of the layers. Head used that construction for a short time.  I am not sure if the direction of the glass makes a difference.  Your ski is a SL so it should have all the characteristics of a SL ski.  The paint job was for the 1988 Olympics only and they did not use it after that year but the ski was made with a different paint job.  The bindings are the Tyrolia 490RD also with a 1988 Olympics paint job.  The paint job was only available one year and not to the general public.  I have a pair that came from the Tyrolia tech rep for the shop I was working at the time but I did have to pay some small amount.  I am sure that I did not have to go Pro-Form for them.  I have them mounted on my VR27's.  The Tyrolia 490RD was made for years and I always liked them and own a pair of the traditional red and white ones as well.  They were mounted on a pair of Fisher RC4 Vacuum GS skis that I just got rid of back in December 2014.  In the photo they look short, what length are they?  Do you know if they have been tuned yet?  You should take your setup out for a spin next winter they should ski well on hard surface trails.

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Hello,

I have skied on the Head Radials since 1988 with Marker Rotomat bindings from maybe an earlier year. I love them! I do not know how good the Tyrolia bindings are (google time). However, these skis will turn (i.e., CARVE) when and how you want. I have used them in Switzerland and in Tuckerman's Ravine.

 

Granted, the mogul fields today have very little distance between the moguls because today's "skiers" use very short skis. I skied at Mt. Watchusett once this year and saw the "skiers" on the wide tips-and-tails. I noticed the parallel tracks that never kicked up any snow. The skier probably had slow wax on them.

 

I doubt this type of ski will appeal to those who want to "ski" after one lesson. One fashion-conscious woman on a chairlift at Attitash thought I was a big risk taker because I had the old Rotomats. I chuckled as I went down a nice black diamond trail. -)

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With a purchase price of about $5 a pair, I bet you can sell them and double your money.

 

Nothing I'm interested in.

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