Well, it's been a couple of weeks, but I finally got a chance to get out again and ski on the re-tuned John's this weekend (yes folks, we're still skiing full-on winter conditions in the middle of May in Banff, with all lifts and runs still open at Sunshine Village).
After my initial experience, I put a 3 degree side and 0.5 degree base bevel on them and it made all the difference in the world. The huge width difference compared to the skis in my (everyday) race quiver still takes some getting used to, but once you get the hang of the bit of extra time and effort it takes for the edges to engage (hugely improved now with the new edge angles compared to my earlier experience) they are a very rewarding ski. Conditions this week were a combination of packed powder and ungroomed (about a foot and half of new snow in the previous five days) so it was an ideal test for this sort of ski. No ice or early morning crust to be found.
I have to say, coming from someone who started racing in the mid-sixties at Squaw Valley (yes, this body is now 56 years old) and has only ever skied on full bore race equipment (my everyday sticks are FIS race stock slaloms and boots are 150 flex FIS Atomics... just retired my 190 flex Langes) if these Heads are any indication of what's generally out there I am extremely impressed with how recreational ski technology has changed and how good the equipment is. I had a ball on them and was extremely impressed with their versatility as well as their ability to arc some very sweet GS turns on the groomed. I could be as relaxed on them as I wanted to be, but whenever I decided to push them and load them up in full-bore race turns they were able to answer the call... at least in the packed powder conditions I skied them in this weekend. I daresay it would be a different story if it had been hard and icy, but that test will need to wait for another day.
My girlfriend managed to snap a few shots (weird saying "girlfriend" at age 56, but that's what divorce does to you). She calls them my "Yellow Submarine" skis due to the graphics and wild color combo of the Mojo 15 bingings.
(Kudos to Lou Rosenfeld at Lou's Skiing Performance Centre in Calgary for the smoking deal on the ski/binding package)
Doing a little "Inspection"
Sweet and smooth transitions, even if they they are awfully 'chubby'
They 'load up' nicely
A bit too much 'old-school' happening with the inside leg.... old habits sometimes creep back
YEP.... I think these are keepers
Edited by exracer - 5/10/10 at 8:35am