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Head i supershapes first impressions

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Gotcha!

Don't have any first skiing impressions yet (stay tuned maybe) but what greeted me when I arrived home after a busy morning of errands was a sweet looking box from Oregon. Some clown at work drove into my beloved, nearly new Subie this week - one of the errands this morning was hunting down a body shop to do the work....gonna get it fixed and trade it in, so new skis were perfectly timed therapy!!! I got my sights firmly set on a new WRX this time around!!!

back to the skis.....

Yep, the dawg express! In the box was my minty new Head 170 i supershapes with free flex 14 bindings set to perfection. Free toyo straps(nice touch) holding them together. The skis of course were tuned and buffed to perfection as expected from such a quality operation as dawgs. I inserted my beloved Tecnica TNT explosion 8's, set the din and we are good to go.

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I have never seen a set of these in person(Heads not seen a lot these days in these parts) and they are flat out gorgeous. I thought they were cap skis, I was surprised and pleased to see the vertical sidewall/ race style construction. Look a lot like an ol pair of my Rossi 7sk's, just as gorgeous only red and white vs yellow, white and black.

Dawg highly recommended these for me while enduring my rambling, obnoxious emails (kinda like my posts on epic)and Kevin was equally polite on the phone.

Top notch all the way around. Thanks Scott.

Bottom line bears is this, with a resource like dawg avail to supporters here there is no reason you all aren't on appropriate for you world class technology.

Do it.

I hope to get them to wa first chair tomorrow, if not maybe I'll slide over to YV for a couple of runs on Yellowjacket

If there is any indicated interest maybe I'll post a review.

Sorry, no video to prove my worthiness as a reviewer will be provided



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post #2 of 5
You're not going to sleep with them, are you? hrstrat57 with a wrx is a bit scary. I'm not sure but I think Ice Queen and I may need to find a safer neighborhood. Shame about the car. Was it damaged that bad? Wow, I like your Subie.
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You're not going to sleep with them, are you? hrstrat57 with a wrx is a bit scary. I'm not sure but I think Ice Queen and I may need to find a safer neighborhood. Shame about the car. Was it damaged that bad? Wow, I like your Subie.
Sleep with em?

I used to sleep with my baseball glove as a kid, not a bad idea:

Moron drove directly into the car, prob about 10 mph....

ms hrstrat57 took one look at it(she was pissed) and said...

"fix it and get rid of it"

so there it is.....that white wrx I been lookin at.....:

might just have my name on it

yep, hiyo silva is one good ol car tho...
post #4 of 5
If you like the way they look, wait 'til you ski 'em! I've only had three outings on my 170's, but, no doubt, they are FUN. I messed up my knee a little, so no more ski for me this year (yeah, it sucks! ), so go and rip it up with yours, and I'll live vicariously!
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i supershapes

Just some quick impressions from 1st full day skiing on new head i supershapes 170

I bought these from our dawgcatching(outstanding) on Scott's pretty firm recommendation based on what I was looking for.

Wanted a ski that retained the ability to hit about 25 mph in a medium to long radius arc at my wt (180lb) without chatter, yet was easier to initiate shortswing turns on steep icy eastern terrain than my current prefrd ride - 175 Fischer RX 8's. Wanted also a ski that rewarded modern technique vs old school moves.

Dawg delivered big time.

The i supershape however demands good input. On upper Flying Cloud at Berkshire East(steep black) I got rocked a bit back of center and the skis provided feedback....that's crappy skiing hrstrat57 get forward, focus and engage our red and white tips early.

In other words, tip these skis while engaging the tips in the turn....wham...around they come fast, smooth and hard. Crossover or crossunder whatever your teacher tells you tip again and wham...they turn. Exactly what I wanted. There is no question the skis will help me make quicker shortswing turns in the fallline, enabling me to keep my speed down and keep my wife from yelling at me for going too fast

Berkshire East steeper stuff bumped up beautifully....western like fluffy moguls where again the quick little supershapes plowed through with little effort. Nice.

Of course I opened em up and Competition slope and found no speed limit feedback chatter wise....no GPS or radar but I think 25 mph came and went: and the little red and white dawgies hung in there in big arcs.

Ended the day on Exhibition at Berkshire East where I announced to my bear buddies that I was going to attempt the ski the 12 foot radius all the way down. This remarkable feat was largely achieved until I got pooped out near the bottom and had to open up the arc a bit. The feat is remarkable because I am notorious around these parts for being one who doesn't make a whole lot of turns. This feat was achieved using no up/down movements, no rotary movements....only tipping, shoulders square to the fallline and rapid fire pole plants.

Bottom line on impressions from the first day?

These skis will make me a better skier technique wise and quickly. The feedback they provide regarding input errors is crystal. Yet, tho they serve notice of the preferred turn shape/technique they remain skiable, in fact on some steep, bumped up terrain yesterday I actually was doing jet turns, something I haven't experience in years. In other words, tho the ski clearly tells you not to ride the tail, it doesn't quit on you when you find the tail...or choose to jet or rebound off the tails. She is rock solid the whole length of the ski.

This sweet ride will encourage me to get in better shape so I can bang out those 12' radius turns down the entire pitch, not poop out before I get to the bottom....

It is easy to see why this steed is the prefrd ride of the tipping camp. Tip and turn. Done. Extreme ski design.......gonna be a fun ride!!!

Have fun out there!

Thanks for reading....I'll post some more as the season winds down.....:
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