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2016 vs 2017 skis... are the upgrades really worth the extra $$$

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hi!

 

Have a pair of Head rally 177cm that I love but  are on their last days .

 

Learned from  this site,  Head is changing the Rally, Titan etc... by adding Graphine?

 

It has been a poor snow year in Vermont and the sale season should start in March.

 

My guess is by the end of the season I should be able to pick up a pair of the rally  in the $500-600  range or possibly cheaper.

 

Is there that much of an improvement in the ski to warrant upgrading to the 2017 model and paying possibly about $400 extra for the ski?

 

I wish this site would do a comparison between 2016 and 2017 models  and give an opinion of " is the upgrade worth the extra  cost."

 

I think this would add value to the site and save members $$$.

 

Thanks for your help!

 

CJ

post #2 of 8

Tough call. My approach is that I generally pay for the latest frontside trench-digging ski, since I'll keep it for 3 seasons, and it won't take a lot of abuse.

 

OTOH, for my off-piste skis, I tend to bargain hunt for the simple reason that I beat those skis up a lot more (rocks, etc.).  I don't want to be worrying too much about skiing where I want, when I want because I have new $1,200 Kastles.

post #3 of 8

Paging @Philpug .  Or the OP can post the question on Pugski.  Some folks over there went to SIA recently and got to find out more about 2017 models.

post #4 of 8

How are your Rally's on their last days already?

post #5 of 8
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How are your Rally's on their last days already?

Could be year 3 on them. Enough days and/or lack of snow, it adds up.
post #6 of 8

I am going to wait to 2017 and buy the new Head Titan. If money is a major factor go for the 2016's.

My rationale: My current ski is the Kastle MX 88. Its 3-4 years old but still skiing well. I will probably ski 20-25

more days this year.  I will get more value out my Kastles the more I ski them, The money saved can applied to the 2017 model.

post #7 of 8

My wife skis the Superjoy, which has the graphene.  Very light and surprisingly stiff.  Is it worth paying extra for it?  Not if you can get a great deal on the previous year model as far as I am concerned.  How often do we really care about weight on predominantly on piste skis?  Probably less than we think.  Plus, it is hard to beat the tried and true, well proven wood and metal laminates; they just work.  I have a solid 100 days on my Rossi Hero STs and they are still going strong.  I expect to easily get another 100 days out of them.  I love wood and metal.  

 

But then again, there is nothing wrong with the latest and greatest.  

 

 

Pete

post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 

About 100 days on them. Also base damage from a bad tune ... 1 ski is done.

 

Anybody skied the 2017 version?

 

CJ

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