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post #31 of 38

Indeed Noodler, I did the same thing on my 2008 Monster Chip 183 skis.

Moving the binding to the +15 point on the railflex just changed the ski completely!

 

As per the iTitans, I pulled the trigger on the last 177cm available in the Montreal region

and tried them today for 20+ runs and over 4 hours.

 

The verdict? Just plain frontside awesomeness!

 

3 things stand out:

Grip on all surfaces:

After a snow-rain-snow episode in almost

all of southern Quebec, carving on irregular and changing surfaces

was very confidence inspiring and with a lot of aplomb.

Ice was soft, but laying razor tracks was effeotless.

 

Very quiet:

Yes, there is a chip and it does have a race plate.

Do these two things combine for a smooth, very poised ride?

40 mph in variable conditions seemed effortless and easy.

 

Variable turn radius:

The ski answers the call on any radius requested!

Simple hip angulation will generate 20m turns, but

as you angle the knees and load the spatula,

it can go down into the 12's! Very responsive as well.

 

Conditions were too soft to really experience Kers,

however a very lively ski without excessive chatter.

 

Strong hold and not tiring to ride.

post #32 of 38

Hello DonDenver,

 

You wrote, "The piste performance is somewhat similar to the Magnum " and "they’d also get left in the dust when the going gets steep and firm" and "I think for a top end piste ski I’d want to see and bit more bling and a little less lego. " I have been skiing for several years on 181 Rossignol 9X oversize. I have really liked the ski; it's fast and holds well on the firm, yet blasts through the deep and the crud. I'm only 5'8" and 155 lbs but always ski hard and pretty fast. I've been looking to drop down in size to 170, but want to make sure the ski will perform. I was strongly thinking about the Titan until reading your comments. So here are my questions for you:

1.  For someone who pretty much skis a GS/Super G style, is this enough ski?

2.  Have you skied on the iSupershape GS? If so how did it do in areas other than hard groomed?

 

Thanks for any additional insights you can offer.

 

Mad Dog

post #33 of 38
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Hello DonDenver,

 

You wrote, "The piste performance is somewhat similar to the Magnum " and "they’d also get left in the dust when the going gets steep and firm" and "I think for a top end piste ski I’d want to see and bit more bling and a little less lego. " I have been skiing for several years on 181 Rossignol 9X oversize. I have really liked the ski; it's fast and holds well on the firm, yet blasts through the deep and the crud. I'm only 5'8" and 155 lbs but always ski hard and pretty fast. I've been looking to drop down in size to 170, but want to make sure the ski will perform. I was strongly thinking about the Titan until reading your comments. So here are my questions for you:

1.  For someone who pretty much skis a GS/Super G style, is this enough ski?

2.  Have you skied on the iSupershape GS? If so how did it do in areas other than hard groomed?

 

Thanks for any additional insights you can offer.

 

Mad Dog



The radius at 170 is only 13.5m. Could be a bit 'turny' compared to what you are coming from couldn't it? The 177 may be more simliar although a lot of reviews do suggest skiing this ski a size smaller to take advantage of the quickness and pop it offers out of turns. Personally I like short turns, the more the better, so I ski it short for this reason and I'm 140 pounds so didn't want to over ski myself. Longer turns going fast it definately holds on and tracks but not as staunchly as a racelike GS ski would, it's quite a smooth vibration free ski still though. Sounding like a broken record but a very very fun ski.

 

post #34 of 38

Hello everybody,

 

I am thinking of buying the Head Titans since the shop owner I went to recommended them to me. I am looking for a ski that will perform well on piste as well as off piste (in the powder snow). I've been skiing for 15 years now, every year at least 1 week of skiing. I've skied some slaloms (Chamois and Fleche in France) and really like to go off piste whenever possible. However I never bought my own ski's as I was stil growing. I am a 21 year old girl, 174cm and 53kg and the shop owner told me to get the 170. Do you think this would be a good ski for me, or do you recommend another one?

 

Thx!

post #35 of 38

By my calculations, that would put you at 5' 8 1/2" and about 117 lbs. IMO, that's very light to be on a 170, especially in that ski. Bob Peters on the forum here has a lot of days on that ski. He's skied it in both the 170 and 177, and he's over 6' and close to 200 lbs. His advise was to go a little shorter than you normally would with that ski, just because it is fairly powerful. Our own Dawgcatching also warned about going too long with that ski. He said he felt comfortable on the 170, but the 177 kicked his butt. I'm thinking a 163 would be the longest for someone your size, and even that might be overkill. Hopefully someone else with some experience with the ski will jump in here, but if I were you, I'd stay away from the 170. 

post #36 of 38

Yes agreed. I'm around the same weight as you and even taller and I ski the 163 version. A lot of people say this ski is "a lot of ski" which scared me a bit as I didn't demo it but bought it on it's dimensions and reviews at NZ season end 2010. I have 25+ days on mine and actually it's not a scary ski at all, just super quick and fun with a lot of energy off its edges. In hindsight I think I could ski the 170 but wouldn't be able to get it to do what I can on the 163 though as easily and I've never felt underskied on the 163. I've skied it on a 30cm powder day too and it's not a heavy powder ski so you aren't buying it for that hopefully. 6 inches of new snow though, no problems, so depends where you go?

If you have skied slalom orientated skis before and liked them go the 163cm (12.7 radius). I reckon in about 20m and 4 turns you will be smiling big time. 

 

post #37 of 38

I'm interested in picking up a pair of the Supershape Titans but I'm not sure what size would be best. I currently ski on Solomon Enduro 850XT 177cm and am an advanced intermediate. I've been reading a lot of reviews that talk about dropping down a size with the Titans, what do you think???

post #38 of 38

It would be helpful to know what size you are, but generally speaking, if you have to look up at the tip, it's probably too long. I'm 184 cm tall, and the 177 length comes up to the lower portion of my forehead, right about eyebrow level. If you're an advanced skier, that's personally what I would shoot for.

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