On my 5 day trip to Colorado (Winter Park) this year I've demoed few different skis - K2 Recons, Salomon Tornadoes, Furies, Rossi Phantom 87s and '10 Head Peak 88s. The ones that I liked the most were Head Peak 88's that worked well in powder, hard snow, bumps. Coming back to reality (East Coast) and my old skis (Salomon X-Wing 6) I realized how much better Head Peak 88's were. Eventually, I found myself contemplating a new skis purchase. I was looking at 2010 Head line up - Peaks and Chips. I also started looking at little bit narrower models (78-82mm) since conditions where I ski are primarily hardpackish. I zoomed down on 2010 Head Peaks (82 or 88) and 2010 Head Chip 78. Unfortunately having demoed only Peak 88 I don't really know how the rest of them will work on East Coast hardpack, crud (+ occasional trips out to CO or UT :) ). My guess is that Peak 82 will be pretty close to 88s with quicker edge and faster turns - is it worth considering? As for Head Chip 78 - I've not seen many reviews or feedback on it, but from what tech specs say it could be the best choice for me due to my East Coast geo bias. Anyone had experience with 2010 Head Chip 78? Does it even make sense to consider Peak 88's for East Coast skis?
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3/12/10 at 9:01pm