Originally Posted by Dauntless
Originally Posted by Paul Jones
For the level of performance, these skis are easy to ski. When I skied them at Stowe last Spring, I ran them though bumps that were ice hard with a few inches of pow blown around. The were fantastic. It's a soft ski compared to other similarly performing skis. They hold an edge and can do tight turns and faster almost gs turns. I think the ski could be an East Coast all mountain ski. The softer flex allows a bit more float than you might expect.
Paul Jones: I think your post is the best explaination of the SS Magnum I have seen. The Magnum is a very good Eastern all mountain ski, and has much higher performance than most skis that are marketed as "all mountain".
---- I sold my AC40's and obtained the Magnum as their replacements. The AC40's seemed lumbering, and required much higher levels of skier input for, what I feel, was less performance than the Magnum. I am using the AC40 as a comparison as it is a ski that I am familiar with and has received some good reviews on this forum.-----
As you have stated the softness of the Magnum makes it relatively easy to ski but it somehow maintains a high level of performance. I have not skied many skis that were as easy to initiate slalom turns at low speeds, that could maintain their stability at relatively high speeds. It would appear as if the "Intelligence Technology" marketed by Head must work. The Magnum is also ,surprisingly good in the bumps.
Not sure who's writing what up there with the new posting system it's confusing.
The thing to know about this ski is it it very soft. I haven't had many skis that when you walk them to the lift bases put together and touch the tails on the ground the whole ski flops around bending. That's with a 170cm too. Having said that though, the ski is not a hopeless noodle at all. Far from it!
So I think a lot about this ski depends on your weight and what size ski you get. I'm around 200lbs.
For edge hold, it's just not going to be there compared to others. You're taking a soft ski with a lot of shape - that's not a great recipe for edge hold on steep icy slopes.
For the east coast I would agree about this ski being a great all mountain ski. Not for the west for me, but I know BobPeters loves it at Jackson Hole.
The huge problem for me came taking this ski to BigSky and skiing steep (40deg+) terrain with soft snow. Possibly the 177cm would've been a lot better, but my 170 was a disaster. The ski would flop at the bottom of the turn like a dying fish out of water. It gave no confidence at all in a place where the last thing you want to think about is your damn skis wigging out on you. I probably spent a total of 1 day with it in those conditions. I would not recommend it at all for that.
Interestingly, the ski I ended up with for a couple days was the Volkl AC40. That's a much stiffer ski. Frankly, way too stiff for soft snow. I don't get the appeal of that ski at all. I would not give it a good review other than it's reliable. For the steep terrain with soft snow at least it didn't start flopping around. It did what it did without fuss.
The SS Magnum does not have the chip in it but it has the Intelligence system.
The SS Chip has the Intelligence system with a chip.
The intelligence system may be why you can have a ski that soft and yet it can handle way more than you'd think.
I guess the intelligence system has to do with the fibers. Here's the description:
HOW IT WORKS
Intellifibers positioned at 45° in front of the binding transform mechanical impulses into electrical energy. The harder you ride, the more energy is produced.
The electrical energy is led back to the Intellifibers. This causes them to stiffen up, putting more rebound and torsional stiffness into the ski.
WHAT IT DOES
Their 45° position in front of the binding increases
the ski’s torsional stiffness, pushing the edge
into the snow in hard turns.
Intelligence progressively stabilizes the entire
ski at high speeds.
Then there's the intelligence system with chip. The chip gives that "extra boost". I guess it's kind of like making the volume knob go "to 11" to put you "over the top".
Here's what they say about that:
INTELLIGENCE CHIP TECHNOLOGY - THE EXTRA BOOST
Some HEAD high-end skis boast Intelligence Chip Technology. Here, the electrical energy produced by the Intellifibers is not just recycled, but accumulated and released bit by bit through a pre-programmed chip – individually timed to match the oscillation properties of the ski.
Thus, the effect of Intelligence is multiplied, providing even more performance relative to your skiing sty[le].
From what I've heard the SS Chip is about 20% stiffer. Whether it's deader I don't know. It's a pretty rare ski I think.
Here's what they say about liquid metal. It works, but their 'explanation' is exceptionally poor.
Liquidmetal takes advantage of the fact that a liquid molecule structure (unlike the solid structures fibers and alloys) cannot break and cannot be compressed. Thus, Liquidmetal delivers asolute rebound and shows no breakdown over time.
Max rebound. Max agility.
HOW LIQUIDMETAL WORKS
When Liquidmetal is flexed, the low ratio of compression provides instant rebound. Given its liquid molecular structure, molecules that are compressed or stretched simply reposition themselves. No breakdown of molecular structure occurs.
THE LIQUIDMETAL EFFECT
Immediate effect: No energy amortization. Absolute rebound.
Long-term effect: No breaking down of rebound over time.
Lastly I'd have to say that this is an exceptional ski. For me it's got serious problems in some situations, but it has a very unique feel to it. Lighter skiers will probably not have the problems on steep terrain with soft snow. It truly shines when there's packed clumps of powder to go over. The response of the ski along with the feel for the snow is amazing and truly a joy. Makes you just want to rewind the run and do it over. It has a fantastic responsive feel when you reengage the snow after small air on those clumps. Really makes you glad to be skiing.
Edited by Tog - Fri, 06 Feb 09 20:58:15 GMT