Originally Posted by hobbes429
Thanks for the note. I read your link below as well. Maybe you can help me make sense of some of the '07 and '08 Head models. Can you compare the i.M 72 from last year with the Xenon 9.0 of this year? What is the target skier level for each of these? Is the SS Magnum really targeted at an Expert level skier? Finally, while I've got you, what is your opinion of this year's i.M 78, again, especially in terms of targeted skier level.
Thanks for your help.
I think the 72 and the 9.0 are very different skis. The 9.0 has a lot more "pop" to it and a much higher energy. It's a really snappy ski and I think it's kind of hard to compare it to the 72.
The Magnum *is* targeted at a very proficient skier in that it has the guts to perform at a very high level if the driver chooses to give it those inputs. Like the SuperShape, however, I think the Magnum is very suitable for a lower-level skier. I think both are pretty forgiving considering how well they'll perform for someone who puts their weight in the right places at the right times. I guess I would summarize by saying that I don't think a strong intermediate has anything to fear from either a traditional SuperShape or a Magnum.
I haven't skied the 78 enough to really have an opinion. I only skied it a portion of one run last spring. It seemed like a very nice width for an "all-around" ski. It seemed to be a bit more nimble than the 82 so it *should* be a slightly better on-piste ski. I would love to ski it some more, but the shop I work with isn't carrying them this season. I wish I could tell you more.
Originally Posted by dp
I wonder if when they named these skis anyone at Head knew that xenon is a general anesthetic? Not exactly the image that I would want for marketing!
I wondered that too. I also wondered if it was a lame attempt to make it sound like the Rossi Z-9.