2009 (or so it would seem) Head SS Magnum and XRC 1100
Originally Posted by Squawker
Brand new and provided by a Head rep? There's no 1100 in the current range, so I guessing they're an 09 model.
So spill the beans, what were they like?
In retrospect I guess that should have been obvious - now I wish I'd paid much closer attention...
This was the first time I've been on Head skis, so I can't compare them to previous models. Furthermore, I had only 2 runs on the Magnums and 1 on the XRC's before being diverted to bunny slope duty with my 4-year-old daughter. Though I'm sure you'll be thrilled to hear that the 1100's handled the bunny slope just fine, after a couple runs there I began feeling really guilty about hanging on to them under those circumstances, so I gave them back and stayed on my own skis for the rest of the day.
My very general and limited impressions are as follows: Both the Magnums and XRC's were 170cm (they only had these and 177's on hand), which would not have been my first choice given that my skis have been in the 158-164 range (I'm 5'7" and ~137lbs) and I've followed the recent threads about the Magnums in particular being nonideal for lighter skiers. They sure didn't feel longitudinally any stiffer than my 158cm Atomic B5:11's. I can't say whether the length and stiffness would have been an issue in moguls or tight spaces, but both the Magnums and XRC's seemed lively and very easy to ski on the groomed.
I think that the Magnums were the same dimensions as this years. I don't know about the XRC's though - the numbers were almost microscopic and after a few seconds trying to make them out I gave up and opted to just ski them instead of stare at them. So I don't even know if they are the equivalent or last year's or if another name switch has taken place. They certainly were a fine looking shade of red though...
BTW, this was a 50 degree spring skiing day in Tahoe, but it was morning and the snow was still a couple hours away from turning into a giant Slurpee. With the Magnums it was one blue run through a GS course set up for the kids' ski team followed by one moderately steep groomed black run, and with the XRC's it was once down the same groomed black. The Magnums were great at carving big turns through the GS course, but at the end of the run I really did get the sense that they would be more at home on something steeper and faster. On the black run, with both the Magnums and XRC's I started with the intention of trying a variety of speeds and turn shapes, but each time that idea lasted about three seconds, at which point my willpower was overcome and I surrendered to an overwhelming impression that it would be much more fun to just go really really fast. And each time it was. I lack the experience to give a really technical review of either ski, and the whole experience was short enough that, for example, though I found one to be more determined to adhere to one turn radius than the other, I can't remember which it was. But I can say that both the SS Magnum and XRC 1100 were easy to ski, both were great at speeds much higher than what the vast majority of recreational skiers attempts, neither felt too long or too stiff, and as soon as I'm in the market for another pair of skis I will be watching for a good deal on either one.
Sorry I can't tell you anything more substantive.