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Head 06 iSL RD - some advice please? :D

post #1 of 9
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Hi Guys,

I have the option of purchasing some slightly used Head 06 iSL RD with FF17 on VIST plate.

I understand that it is a slalom ski and have only been skiing for a few years. I'm currently skiing on Head iM78s and was looking for something with a shorter turn radius and this seems to fit.

It's not very likely that I will be putting these through gates or racing any time soon, however, I was wondering how well they would be a ski for just your average groomers.

I ski mostly in Australia making a trip overseas once a year and was keen to find out whether they would be too difficult (for my skill level) to ski. I'm not quite sure what scale is used but by most charts i'm a level 7-8 skier...

Was hoping that I might be able to get some direction from people who have been on this ski as my searching so far hasn't turned up any detailed reviews. Though considering the audience this ski would be directed at, I really shouldn't be expecting many!

Thanks in advance!

Len
post #2 of 9
The i.sl RD is a very demanding slalom race ski. The RD is the Race Stock version. Stiff and very specialized and one dimensional. I own the a pair. You must be a a superb techically proficient skier to enjoy this ski out freeskiing.

Try to find just a store stock WC i.sl or a WC i.Supershape. (Not the Speed or the Magnum) Just the plain Supershape.
post #3 of 9
I would be skeptical about the slightly used bit. Did the little old lady break her leg on the first ski day and never ski them again?
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Originally Posted by Atomicman View Post
The i.sl RD is a very demanding slalom race ski. The RD is the Race Stock version. Stiff and very specialized and one dimensional. I own the a pair. You must be a a superb techically proficient skier to enjoy this ski out freeskiing.

Try to find just a store stock WC i.sl or a WC i.Supershape. (Not the Speed or the Magnum) Just the plain Supershape.
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I would be skeptical about the slightly used bit. Did the little old lady break her leg on the first ski day and never ski them again?
Ghost's point is worth considering. If that pair of skis has a few hard days on them, they might be softened up enough to make them a pretty nice ski for most relatively good skiers. I would assume that the pair the OP is considering is relatively cheap. If they are, there wouldn't be too much risk to buying them, skiing them, and then throwing them away if he doesn't like them.

I was skiing my '08-model iSL RD's the other day and swapped with a friend whom I wouldn't exactly call a superb technically proficient skier and he had a riot on them. We skied some groomers, some bumps, and a fair bit of off-piste and he really enjoyed them.
post #5 of 9
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Thanks for all the replies guys.

Unfortunately, they aren't that cheap (about 500 aussie). Well at least not bargin bin cheap . I've been told that they retail for a lot more, but this is the 06 model.

I've spoken with the seller again, and they are actually un used. The binding isn't even mounted on the plate.

Given the ski has not been used ever, how much trouble would i have "softening them up"? Would I just get bullied by the ski? I have never done any racing before, though i do like going fast
post #6 of 9
I have a 2006 SL RD, and it's a fun ski. Relative to newer models, and some other race stock slaloms, it's a little softer, and more inclined to free skiing. That said, it's still a race stock ski, and unless you're sure you want to get into it, there are probably better choices.
post #7 of 9
Good ski if you know what a race stock slalom can do. With that said, most people who are going to get the most out of a ski like this are racers or ex-racers.
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Thanks for all the replies guys.

Unfortunately, they aren't that cheap (about 500 aussie). Well at least not bargin bin cheap . I've been told that they retail for a lot more, but this is the 06 model.

I've spoken with the seller again, and they are actually un used. The binding isn't even mounted on the plate.

Given the ski has not been used ever, how much trouble would i have "softening them up"? Would I just get bullied by the ski? I have never done any racing before, though i do like going fast
I may have missed it, but did you give us any numbers on your height/weight and the length of the skis? If the length is appropriate for your size, then it's worth doing.

That said, I think that a 2006 race stock slalom ski (skied or not skied) would be fairly hard to sell. Hold out for a (much) better deal.
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
I may have missed it, but did you give us any numbers on your height/weight and the length of the skis? If the length is appropriate for your size, then it's worth doing.

That said, I think that a 2006 race stock slalom ski (skied or not skied) would be fairly hard to sell. Hold out for a (much) better deal.
after giving it some additional thought, it seems like i should probably wait for something better. sorry for the metrics, but i'm 170cm and 70kg. That would be 5'7 and 155 pounds (i think!). length of the ski is 156cm

I've been hired as a newbie ski instructor for an aussie resort next year and was hoping that I might also pick up some race training/join a masters program somewhere along the way.

thanks for the advice guys - really appreciated. with any luck in a season or so i should be able to make the most of a ski like the iSL!

cheers guys!
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