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New or demo Head 78's?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I have an opportunity to pick up a set of new Head Peak 78's new at 50% off retail or a demo set at an additional 60% off. New comes with a one yr warranty, so it is a virtual no-brainer to go new.

Problem is the ski shop only has new in 177 and demos in 171 and 165. I'm 5'11" and weigh about 170. My initial reaction is to get the demo 171's based on my size/weight, but would prefer new.

 

Any thoughts on best way to go here?

post #2 of 12
 I am 6'1" 200 lbs, and had the 177cms.  They skied too short for my tastes, and I sold them.  Would have bought a new pair in 183cm if I found a good deal (because otherwise, I liked the skis a lot).

Depending on what you want to use them for, and what level skier you are, I'd say 177cm should be fine for you.  These skis can be sized nose to head height for good skiers, no problem.
post #3 of 12
I am 6'0 and about 160 lbs and demoed 171s and 177s, went with 177s. Agree with above poster that they ski a bit short, but 177 seemed a good combination of stability and quickness. The 171s liked to turn TOO much for my taste. I would suggest the 177s, I don't think you'll regret it

My 2 cents
post #4 of 12
 please demo them first........  i had a bad experience with the im78's. if you do buy them, have them tuned ASAP.......
good luck, there are many bears here who love this ski, i bought mine based on the reviews, my loss........
caveat emptor.......
post #5 of 12
I weigh 160 and had no problems on the 183 im78... YMMV
post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 
I'm not an expert skier...mainly looking for something that's easier turning.
post #7 of 12
I skied the new Peak 78 at snowbasin on sunday.  I'm 6' 145, and the 170 length felt way short to me, as well. go with the 177.
post #8 of 12
Well, I'm 5'9 and about 170lbs and I love the 171's. At first they "felt" short, but they handle everything great. Do a search on this forum and you'll find the consensus is the 177 is a very different ski: much more of a longer radius, gs ski. You should really try the two, as they ski very differently. The 171 will be much quicker in the moguls, handles groomers just fine, and is very stable. But my time was limited on the 177's and I probably could have got used to them, but for all-terrain, non-big powder days, I'm very happy on the 171's.
Great ski, but yes, the factory tune truly sucks. Have them reground and retuned right away, which is a pain in the butt. Again, you can search for all kinds of input on this.
Good luck, you can't go too wrong, question of feel and terrain preference. That said, I was advised by some that I should get the longer Length for "fast skiing at tahoe", but the ski is so stable you can get away with the shorter length. You could pm dawgcatching for a more refined analysis as well.
post #9 of 12
Just noticed this, 171 no doubt. Harold Harb loves this ski, but only advises the 177 for experts. The 177 is not easy for quick turns, it's a high speed railer.

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Originally Posted by swisstrader View Post

I'm not an expert skier...mainly looking for something that's easier turning.
post #10 of 12
You should check into the warranty.  Often demo skis are warrantied for one full year after you purchase them.  Ask in the store and if they do not know ask them to find out.

our demos carry one year warranty from the time we sell them.

Mike
post #11 of 12
One more time, the 171 is plenty of ski. We skied 6-8 inches of powder Friday at Sugarbowl and they were fine. Perfect even. At first I wanted to find a problem with them, wishing I had my bigger skis, but I never had an issue. We were bombing the steeps and chutes all day.
Cheers.
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Originally Posted by squawbomber View Post

Just noticed this, 171 no doubt. Harold Harb loves this ski, but only advises the 177 for experts. The 177 is not easy for quick turns, it's a high speed railer.

 



 
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Demoed the 171's on Sat, bought em on Sun Also because the only 171's they had in stock were demos, got them at 60% off list!

I don't think I ever owned a true carver....in my quiver I have Volkl Bridges (aka fat skis!) and old school (and very heavy!) Volants, so to put something underfoot like the 171's was truly shocking. The skis were wildly responsive almost to a fault...overcooked a few of my first turns because they required so little effort to turn and this was in really crap snow...I can only imagine how they'd perform on blue groomers or "normal" conditions. Also zero chatter when I turned it up a notch and very stable through whatever I threw at the ski. I was truly impressed.

I'm not in love with the graphics (or lack thereof!), but I just took my skiing to a whole new level...just a shame the season in the NE is basically over
Edited by swisstrader - 3/31/10 at 6:14am
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