Originally Posted by RadRab
I only saw the Head iSL (or iSL RD?) in the picture at the bottom of the page for "Herren SL" along w/ the other brands. Where are the other two Heads that you referred to?
Also, could you please see reply #106 above.
The skis pictured in the link I posted are the i.SL RD (you can tell from the way the intelligence design is painted on the topsheet rather than being a plastic piece glued on, and from the plate on the womens version). The only Head slaloms pictured there is the i.SL RD, in the Men's version (Herren SL) and Women's version (Damen SL). Only difference is the length, and the women's version may be slightly softer (not sure about that, just a guess).
Originally Posted by RadRab
Whoa, was I tuned out! Thanks for the clarification.
I am in the market for a Head SL ski and was considering the Chip or the Supershape (which I think is also a sandwich construction).
I own and love the 1100 Sandwich (RD), and just assumed that the iSL was the SL RD as oppossed to the Chip w/ its cap (when demoing both, I just didn't notice that the iSL was also a cap). So, liking sandwich construction, I might like the iSL RD. Could you tell me a little more about how it skis?
I found the iSL Chip more versatile (softer and easier at slow speeds) than the iSL. But, that the iSL was a stronger carver and more stable at speed - more like my 1100 SW. So, where does the iSL RD fit in? Being that I have the 1100 SW, I thought to get the Chip for slower speeds and bumps etc.
I can't speak directly to how it skis, as I've only read other people's thoughts, and haven't skied it yet. However, based on reviews of last year's ski (and I understand it hasn't changed that much for this year), the one overwhelming factor I keep hearing is very very stable. I've also heard from some people that it's great outside of the course for a race stock ski, and is fairly versatile (at least on reasonably well groomed/hardpack snow, ie not powder or lots of crud). I'm taking a risk buying it without trying it, but I've done that in the past, and I find if I know the sort of ski I'm getting, I generally do fairly well (worked in the past with 1100 SW - love that ski, and others). But as always, your experience may vary.
Originally Posted by darekkkk
In my opinion in this photo is i.sl (not RD)-I am not sure because of low resolution. I suppose head was asked to send one slalom ski to be tested and they chosed one of three.
ALL head 2005/06 ski graphics, dismansions, radius you can find on the site I mentioned above (this Polsh one-there are also 2004/05 skis if you want to compare).
As far as supershape is concerned -I doubt it's sandwich. Sandwich is rare in retail (is expensive in mass production). 1100 SW is an exception. I.sl RD is not a retail ski- you can not even find this ski in the European head catalogue or head site.
Do not forget that RD means race departament. Sl RD ski is a real race equipment. It's rather a ski for hard snow, short turn and high speed than allmountain ski. Strong muscles are necesary.
There are also same durability limitation of RD skis mentioned in #96-thin edges, race base etc.
Nice civil sandwich skis (not only RD) makes stoeckli. May be you should look for one of their ski if you like sandwich.
If you're referring to the photos I posted, I think you're wrong about this being the i.SL and not the i.SL RD. There are three reasons. 1) You can tell from the pictures that it has the intelligence badge painted on (as opposed to a plastic badge being glued on, as in retail skis), and that the top is completely flat (the retail skis have raised sections in places on the topsheet, in front of the binding). 2) If you look close at the pictures, you can see that it's not a cap construction (compare with other pictures of the retail skis, and you can tell the cap construction from how it's rounded at the edges of the ski slightly). 3) If you look on the women's ski, the plate is clearly a VIST plate, and not Head's retail CarvePlate 13.
Secondly, the Supershape is in fact a sandwich ski. I know this from the Head catalog, as well as having seen a pair in person.