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Head Cyber IC 160 Ski Of The Year??

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Tech Support For Skiers has relased its' best skis of the year list and the Head Cyber IC 160 is rated as the ski of the year. It is described as the swiss army knife ski to have if you could only have one ski in your quiver. I am an eastern skier currently skiing Atomic 9.22's in a 180, but I am looking for a better eastern ski on the hardpack. I am planning on demoing the Atomic Supercross, but I am also thinking of tgrying a slalom carver type ski. I am not familiar with the Head skis. Any insight out there on this ski. And, if so, what length to try. I am 5"9" 180 lb. and about a level 8 skier.
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Gostan: My experience, which isn't too long on this forum is that Head skis don't elicit much of a response with most people here. Perhaps because of Head's reputation for tenacious edge hold, it's thought of an "eastern" ski and most people in the forum are western powder skiers. Or maybe most skiers don't know as much about Head skis as they do about other brands. Atomic's got such a good reputation from all their victories on the World Cup tours lately they don't leave a lot of room for the other makes to make an impact but Fischer and Head seem to be slowly making a comeback.

To answer your question: If you are going to be skiing on hard pack, the IC 160 is an excellent choice. If you're going to experience a fair amount of crud, you might want to look at the IC 180 or 200.
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Gostan - I haven't tried the cyber ic 160, but I can say that I tried the im70 during our last season. Being an Australian skier, most (98%) of my skiing is done in Australia. We have icy conditions more often than powder, and the week I went it was like the mountain was an ice-skating rink, but they skied over that ice like I couldn't belive.

I am not very knowledgable when it comes to the technical stuff but the difference in dimensions between the two is (ic 160) 112/64/95 and (im 70) 113/70/102. As for the length and I apologise, because I only know the metric system I am 160cm and I was using a ski that was 163cm. They absolutely flew down the mountain, and I can confidently say that I was in 100% control all the way.

I can't tell you if they are a good ski or not, as I think that is an individuals decision, but I can tell you I would have bought these ski's had they not been so expensive.

Hope this helped. Oh and with the inteli thing that HEAD are now doing. I don't know if they really work, or they are just a gimic but they are a great ski, and if they feel good then they are doing something right, whether it is the micro chip or the ski design - who cares!
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Coincidently, I just posted my review of the Head XP-100 Ti a few min ago. You might also be interested in this ski.

Tom / PM

PS - BTW, I didn't know about Keelty's award when I posted my review.

PS#2 - AFAIK, the xp100 is the same ski as this year's IC200. If anyone has other info on this, I'd appreciate hearing about it.

[ January 04, 2003, 02:26 PM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]
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Originally posted by PhysicsMan:
Coincidently, I just posted my review of the Head XP-100 Ti a few min ago. You might also be interested in this ski.

Tom / PM

PS - BTW, I didn't know about Keelty's award when I posted my review.

PS#2 - AFAIK, the xp100 is the same ski as this year's IC200. If anyone has other info on this, I'd appreciate hearing about it.
PhysicsMan: Very good review! I can say this, because I own a pair of XP-100's. When I demoed them last year, I determined after my first run that I was going to get a pair of these.

I agree, that you don't need iron legs to ski these all day; that is unless, as you said, you muscle them all over the mountain all day long.

Oh yeah, they are fast!! That's why I bought them! Check my signing line below.
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Haven't skied the IC 160, haven't found anyone that carries them yet, but have skied the IC 180 and the Monster IM 70. The IC 180 had great grip on ice, but was fairly stiff and seemed to be a bit of work in the crud. To be fair, I only made a couple of runs on them, and I plan on trying them again when I have some more time. I skied all day last Sunday on the IM 70, liked it very much. Did well in just about everything, steeps, ice, crud bumps, groomed, although in the trees, their perference for longer turns became more noticable. Also have skied the Atomic Supercross, fun ski, but I wouldn't exactly call it a light and lively slalom. You might want to try the Volkl T50 Supersport. I think that would fit the description of what you are looking for. Excellent hold on ice, quick and lively, lots of pop out of the turn. In my opinion, the perfect eastern ski for the narrow icy trail skiing that we encounter most around here. You might want to save your Atomic 922's for the powder days, but other than that, I think the Volkl is definately worth trying.
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