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05/06 Head iXRC 1400 Chip SuperRailflex II

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I had a chance to demo the iXRC 1400 in a 170cm over the weekend. Me - 41, 191cm (~6'4"), 108 kg (~235lbs), advanced/expert (level 7?, 8?). I think I would have preferred the 177cm, but it was not available.

Back to the demo. With the poor weather this year, none of the black diamond runs were open over the weekend, so I was only able to evaluate the skis on intermediate runs. They were stable at moderate to high speeds (no really steep runs open) and held a good edge on ice (with the weather this year there was lots of ice to evaluate them on). I found them to be easy to turn, whether it was short, medium or GS types of turns and they were quick edge to edge. While running straight at lower speeds, they seemed to wander a bit and wanted to be on edge, but nothing that wasn't manageable. No bumps to try them in. Overall, I thought it was a good all around on-piste ski, but not what I'm looking for. I like to feel the ski pushing me (41 but in my mind I'm still 18 and racing) and I just didn't get that from the XRC 1400. The demo'ing continues - Salomon Crossmax V12 this weekend.

Small sidebar here - it was going to be Saturday but high winds Friday night knocked out the power to the ski hill until about 1:30 Saturday afternoon, so we went Sunday instead. The weather swings have been crazy this year - Friday it was +8C (~46F), pouring rain and winds gusting to 90km/h (~56mph). By Saturday morning it was -10C (14F), clear and sunny with winds gusting to 70 km/h (~44mph). Sunday morning it was down to -17C (~1F), back up to -10C (14F) by the afternoon with winds gusting to 60km/h (~37mph) throughout the day. What can you do?

--flexbert
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I personally liked the 1200 SW much better.

Get on them if you can.

Also the Elan Ripstick may be of interest to you.
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I demoed the 1400 Chip in a 163cm and they seemed built for speed and long turns. They felt stiff, heavy (with lots of swing weight) and would probably be next to impossible in the bumps. But then I weigh 165lbs, not 235lbs. Also, they were rather damp (normal for the category) for my preference.

I demoed the iSupershapes (160cm) next and it was a completely different ski. Much lighter, much more lively with tons of rebound. At 160cm they felt somewhat short(ish) to me and I really love short skis. What sets the Supershapes appart is their ability to pump out short turns and still remain reasonably stable in long fast turns. I am not into high speed skiing, but these skis do give the confidence to open it up a little. The Supershapes could be managed in the bumps by a very skilled driver. For me, they would be very stiff and demanding in the bumps.
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iSupershape

I also demo'd the iSupershapes (160cm) a few weeks ago and I thought they were a lot of fun - great edge hold, awesome in the short turns and very capable in the longer turns. I found they had a good kick coming out of the turn and you had to be very strong to recover if you got back on the skis at all. The demo's were probably a bit short for me, but that was all that was available.

--flexbert
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