Originally Posted by Finndog
It wa a comparison of a 07 supershape and Magnum. Just interested in opinions. In reading through everything, it seems theres a general consensus, it's not as hard snow (EC hard) oriented and its a little more stable and "playful" still some feel it's fairly stiff. I forget who posted it but It really seems to be split along weight lines, heavier skiers like. Thanks.
During the 06/07 season, I used a pair of 175cm SuperShapes as my primary ski here at Jackson Hole. During the 07/08 season, I used a pair of 177cm SS Magnums as my primary ski.
Even though I had really, really liked the regular SuperShapes, our local Head dealer decided to carry the Magnum last season instead of the SS and asked me to ski the Magnums instead. So, I was kind of reluctant to switch over to the Magnum but I did it anyway. All of this is background to establish that I've spent a lot of days in a lot of conditions on each ski.
I ended up liking the SS Magnum *more* as an everyday ski here at Jackson Hole than I did the SS. The standard SS is quicker edge to edge and a shade better as a short-turn carving ski on hard snow, but the Magnum more than makes up for it in versatility in varied conditions. I found myself being much more inclined to ski the Magnums in deeper "powder" and "crud" conditions than I had with the standard SS.
I feel like the Magnum is every bit as powerful a carving ski as the standard SS. The Magnum simply is an eye-blink slower edge-to-edge and has a tad longer (but significant) turn radius than the SS. I think the Magnum can effectively and fairly easily be "muscled" into pretty short-radius turns, but at the same time you can ease off it and ski longer-radius and smeared/skidded turns more easily.
The differences are fairly small, but I think the Magnum is a better all-around ski (for its category
) and the SS is a bit more specialized.
Both are great skis.