Me, 68, 180lbs, level 7 or 8 depending on the terrain, love high speed carving. Very aggressive.
I have been looking to demo racing cheater skis for a couple of years but never found any to try. Can you believe at our little 300 ft hill in Ohio most of the manufactures show up with cheater skis. I start of with trying skis under the cheaters from Head (titan) , (I race) Rossignol, and Blizzard. They are all good, hold ice, carve well but not much difference compared to my skis. No Wow factor for me.
Now it is time to try the 2 skis I have zeroed in on. Head Rebel World Cup SL and World Cup Rebel I speed. These are the cheaters just below the FIS skis. I wanted the Head I speed in the 180 to try and they had it.
First run on the SL at 165 and I was in heaven. I haven't been on a racing SL for about 20 years and my thought was I would never be able to bend one correctly. On my 300 ft hill these things just carve it up. Make any size turn you want, very good rebound at my new weight of 180 and at 41 MPH (according to ski tracks app) absolutely rock solid. I will buy this ski in a 170 for the East. I have been told by several good skiers to buy a racing SL for the east and I see why.
Next up is the Rebel I speed. (Rebel Cheater GS) Its like a new world opened up for me. I am back to the feelings, fun and excitement of my Volkl P9 days. The energy feel is incredible. The rebound dynamic. The edge hold is glued to the snow and I mean glued. The ski as described by reviews is play full and exciting and it is all of that. It does not demand any turn shape but wants to stay in a carve just to make you smile and grin. I am in love!
World Cup Rebel SL 165 11.5 radius
World Cup Rebel GS I Speed 180 18 radius, both skis are full camber, no rockers here!
The skis have been totally redesigned for next year. I talked to a shop owner I know and he thought the new skis were to stiff compared to this years models. Has anyone skied both? I can get a deal on this years model.
So now my skis are not so much fun and I am bummed as I have to wait 9 months to get on these skis. There is no way I will not own these skis for next year!