I posted a thread a bit over a month ago with some short videos of the 2011 Head ski models. I had just been trying all the new models at Snowbasin and I made little videos of the models I tried, mostly so viewers could see the new graphics and geometry. Other than that post, I've done no publicizing of any of the videos.
So here's what I find very interesting...
I posted videos on seven new models. Two of those models are rockered, one is a PURE carver, and the other four would fall into the carver category if you were to poll the regular viewers of this gear forum.
I have the viewing stats on all seven videos.
The LEAST-viewed video by a huge margin is the most-rockered ski of the group, the new Head Jimi. 127 views since Feb 12.
The second-least is the new Peak 88 with 260 views.
Third-least is the other rockered (mild rocker) brand new model, the Jerry with 301 views.
Next most popular is the new Peak 78 with 305 views.
Then we get into skis that most on here would say are way too narrow underfoot to make for a "versatile" ski. Strangely enought, viewership of these next models blew away the wider skis...
Next on the ascending scale is the new and improved SuperShape Magnum with a healthy 694 viewers.
Second-most viewed is the all-new SuperShape Titan with a whopping 960 views.
And the most-viewed model of all (and undoubtedly the LEAST likely to be considered by many on this forum as an example of the FUTURE of ski technology) by a crushing margin is the 2011 iGS RD - a GS racing ski. 1168 Views.
I'm utterly confused.
If rocker is the future, why do so many of these anonymous viewers seem to be FAR more interested in seeing what the "traditional" new skis look like than the rockered ones?????
For those of you who don't want to click through to the original thread, here are the videos:
One big new model for next year is the SuperShape Titan. It's a natural progression from the SS Magnum. The Titan will be 78 or 79mm underfoot, with a turn radius of 13.5m to 14.7m depending on the length. VERY cool ski that I liked a lot. Here's what it will look like:
Another new model for 2011 is the JERRY in the dead rock star line. I don't have the exact dimensions but it's about 105 plus or minus underfoot. It has a SMALL amount of rocker in the front and a bit of early rise at the tail. Turn radius in the mid 20m range. Sandwich construction. I absolutely loved this ski because it really liked going fast on groomers but you could actually roll it over on edge and feel it carve. More on this one later, but here's what it looks like (sorry, but I didn't have any Grateful Dead music:
One that hardly anybody will buy but I really enjoyed nonetheless is the 2011 GS race ski, the iGS RD. For 2011, all of HEAD's race skis and the SuperShape line have a new feature that I think is replacing the Intelligence chip. The new system is called KERS, for Kinetic Energy Recovery System. This is some black-box technology that they've brought over from Formula 1 racing and Lindsey Vonn has been skiing this for the last three weeks. More on that as I get details. Here's the GS ski:
Here's the Peak 88 for next year:
And the Peak 78:
New graphics for the SuperShape Magnum, along with the KERS system:
And new graphics for the Jimi (along with a couple of minor tweaks to the geometry):