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HEAD Big Easy Skis

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Has anyone had any experience with these skis? How would you rate them as to ability level, speed, responsiveness, stability and fun level? Do you like them or hate them? I think they are about a 2002 model year; and designed for maybe an upper level beginner - but not sure. Also I think Head have used the same name for a more recent year's snow blade.

Thanks for your comments.
post #2 of 9
For 2005, Head's Big Easy series is mostly (if not completely) rental. It is their base rental ski, dimensions of 120/71/108. I haven't skied it, but I imagine it would suit a beginner OK. Then again, if the person purchasing them is serious enough to buy skis, they are probably serious enough to ski several times a year and improve beyond beginner status. I would probably recommend a forgiving ski that would grow with them, such as a Cyber C140 (lower intermediate ski) or Cyber i.C 160 (great ski, from intermediate all the way to solid advanced level skier).

I tend to steer most people away from beginner skis, as I find they get outgrown and replaced quickly. A learning skier isn't that far away from intermediate status (espcially after a couple of lessons) and they should be able to handle a forgiving intermediate ski, IMO-it will last much longer and not be outgrown so quickly.
post #3 of 9
I skied on this for a few days last winter before I knew any better. Rentals, but they had a good tune after I paid the mountain shop to fix them up.

They hold up just fine on the greens and very easy blues, but if you try and ski fast, steep, crud, bumps, ice, anything else but an easy groomer they just give up on ya. Probably works very well as a learner's ski becuase it tolerates a lot of skidding but would still let you carve some decent turns. Two of my friends that are fairly new to skiing and have a lot of skidding in their turns had no problems on them.

I would not recommend purchasing these for anyone serious about improvement as a skier. You will simply outgrow them too fast.
post #4 of 9
Pretty much what they said. My wife has only skied 5 times and liked them compared to other rentals she tried, so we picked a pair up at a swap this fall with bindings for under $100ca. For that price, they're a decent ski for a beginner or someone who just wants to make short turns and stay slow on blue or green runs.
post #5 of 9
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My wife and I began skiing on Fisher straight skis in 2000. For the past 2 years we have enjoyed these Head skis. I think the comments offered so far are quite accurate in that these are great skis to learn with. We have found them quite forgiving and for the cost, they have provided lots of fun. I have found that the speed comments were accurate too as these skis almost seem to have a maximum speed capability - although one day was spent skiing with some advanced skier friends for whom speed was the target - and I did manage to keep up with them. They did preform well on the limited black runs I've tried. We did demo some Crossmax Pilot8's which were awesome both in preformance (in comparison to the Fishers) and in cost. (For the cost we settled on the Heads.)

I have a pair of Atomic 9.20 beta carve GS skis to try out this year. Do those of you with experience care to offer a comparison of these against the Big Easy and predict the new fun level and what differences I might experience.

Any more comments of the Heads ?
post #6 of 9
Any more comments of the Heads ?
Have fun on them - they're yours, so they're better than any rentals could be.
post #7 of 9
You are right about HEAD also using the name for a snowblade. That is the Big Easy 94'.

The full size skis I have seen called the Big Easy R or the Cyber 90 (although I am not sure thats the same ski or not).
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
And you're right about the best speed performance on the well groomed trails. The day spent with my "speedy" friends was the middle of the week with few people on the well grommed hill in ideal (weather and snow) conditions. However the wide "bow" on these skis usually helped to glide over everything else and I put and lack of speed down to my in-experience. Do skis have a maximum "hull" speed similar to boats?
post #9 of 9
Yes and no. Skis themselves don't really have a maximum speed limit that is a function of their length unlike boats. Maybe they do in deep powder though?

However, skis do have a practical speed limit in that softer skis with a lot of flex will be overpowered by the forces created at high speeds. Skis that are built for skiing really fast will be much stiffer than skis meant for short fall line turns.
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