I just spent half a day on Head Mojo 94, so I thought I would share my initial impressions.
Me: 38y/o male, 6ft/185lb expert skier, ~15-20 days every year at Squaw Valley, but this year will be 30 days. Daily driver ski: Dynastar Mythic Rider, 178.
Ski tested: Head Mojo 94, 180, mounted w/Marker demo bindings on the manufacturer’s line.
Conditions: Typical Squaw few days after the storm- some soft windblown snow, some cruddy patches, everything off-trail is bumped-out but still very enjoyable.
I took out the 180 as the length of the running surface was identical to my own MRs, and I felt that it would fit the same quiver slot- a daily driver that would encounter a variety of conditions on the same day or even on the same run.
First impressions: I was instantly comfortable on this ski, all it took was literally one turn and I felt like I had it dialed in. Mojo was a very good carver, although the impression was more of deliberate and damp confidence, rather than of the snappy pop of the more energetic skis. The top end was there if I pushed the skis, but not “in your face”. The sweet spot was very large, but not infinite, if you get to far back on those skis, they will kick your butt without much warning.
On a few runs off Headwall chair the Mojos handled the steeps very nicely, turn initiation was very smooth, and again the feeling was of quiet confidence. I did notice that the skis were again very quiet; they did a very good job of damping the impact. Transition from turn to turn was very smooth. The ski tip pulls you into the turn nicely, although again it is not as lightning quick as with some of the more aggressive sidecut skis. I felt that the payoff was in stability and a quiet ride. This is still a quick turner, I took it in a medium-sized chute and had absolutely no problems making tight turns on the windblown snow. I didn’t notice any tail washout on steeps, and the ski tip didn’t feel hooky.
I was surprised how well the ski handled frozen crud- it just went over it as if it was not there. My Mythics are great crud skis, but when you ski crud on them, you have a distinct impression that you are busting through it. Mojo felt like an equally adept crud ski, but the feeling was different, almost as if you had a suspension attached to your skis.
Mojo was also very, very good in bumps- they had just enough give to make going through the bumps enjoyable and give you that little bit of wiggle room to tolerate some mistakes. I would say that it is a better bump and tree ski than Mythic.
One of my runs took me to the soft chopped-up snow in a bowl below the Mainline Pocket, which turned into a frozen cruddy field just below, and then dumped me on a groomer that was used as a race practice course earlier in the day (you Squaw guys know what I am talking about…) and the ski never missed a beat, just doing reliable confident turns on just about anything. The impression was of ski getting out of the way and making you enjoy where you are going. My last surprise was getting back on my Mythics- they felt a bit planky and bigger. They also were more work to turn. Compared to the Mythics, Mojos have a very different personality- it is softer and damper, but still just as confident, I didn’t go crazy fast, but I was not able to find the top end. I did notice on a fast groomer run that the Mojo tips move a bit more than the Mythics. On the flip side, Mythic transmit more of the snow imperfections to your legs, so Mojo is easier to ski. I can easily see skiing the Mojos hard all day and still being able to walk to the car at the end.
Construction and finish: This is a moderate twin tip, full vertical sidewall wood-metal laminate, so it feels like a solidly constructed ski. My skis felt heavy, but that was likely due to the Marker Demo bindings. The topsheet graphics is very minimalist, with just black dimpled surface with some kind of schizoid-looking snowflake upfront. Not quite exciting, but at least tasty (unlike some other Head skis that feature naked babe topsheets or weird colors).
Overall: This is a very, very good ski. The only place that I would rather be on my Mythics is a frozen steep slope; that is where I would want to have a straighter and stiffer ski. In all other instances, it will be a great daily driver in an area like Tahoe. I was planning to hop on the Blizzi Argos later in the day, but I was having so much fun on the Mojos that I didn’t even go in to switch.
Bottom line: Confident, capable, fun all-mountain western ski. A real sleeper ski this season.