Hi Mr. Whiteroom:
This sounds similar to the 09 ObSethed. the ObSethed had 15 degrees of tip and tail rocker over the top and bottom 20cm of length. The Head you allude to has 5cm more rocker in the tip and tail. Maybe a MAGIC RATIO of rocker, camber and side cut is in the offing??
BTW how was the DPS Lotus 120 in Tight Ec Trees: Beyond Beaver Pond, Timbuktoo Glade and Kitzbuhl@ Jay Peak or Deep Mtn Jag Glade At Wlidcat??
I know you have been all over this tight tree EC dealio and I value your impressions.
QUOTE=Whiteroom;924537]Head has a ski in the works that is really, really good.
110mm waist, about 20cm of rocker in the shovel (about 2cm of lift) and about 10cm of rocker in the tail (about 1cm of lift), slight camber underfoot, traditional sidecut. It has Head's usual damp solid feel yet is VERY playful. James Heim is the man behind the design, I skied a pair with him in mid April at Whistler, there was about 5" of duff over a rock hard base. So far this is my favorite 'fun shape' I've skied... should make it to market late next season as a 2010 model.
I've skied the Katana 183cm on numerous conditions, we have a shop demo. I like the surfy feeling shovel, I like the solid turn completion from the tail on trail... not sure I like thew surfy tip/ hooked up tail combo in eastern woods.
Chopstick just isn't my cup-o-tea, but I wasn't on it in powder, more like slush (where the Katana 190 just KILLED it).
I LOVE the DP, I think it is an unbelievable ski, it's the best eastern wood ski I've ever been on, stable, solid, super light, ridiculously quick. You can shut down forward speed in an instant by diving the tails (ala Burton Fish). The only negative is... they are clumsy on harder surfaces, the torsional stiffness combined with pretty much zero sidecut means they want to go straight/ pivot/ go straight, arcing turns is not happening. I skied them at Revelstoke, where we had powder up high and in the trees, wind slab on open faces and firm groomed snow lower down. The 2000' vertical run outs at SG speed was 'interesting'.[/quote]