sweet all mountain ski for the not so good days or maybe the east coast but u would definately need a pow ski to compliment it on the west coast
this ski is my choice for icy days when i hit the park and pipe, i ski hellbents on soft days =). its great all mountain except a bit of hard work in the powder. can be done though. i skied these in waist deep in japan. but i wish i didnt have them then. ahaa
the 176 was a good size for the park but id go longer if i could
too stiff for buttering or anything like that but great flex for big jumps and the pipe. also sweet for bombing the groomers at mach speeds
this thing is unbreakable i swear, great for rails and huge jumps. stiff flex combined with incredible durability combined with a wider platform for stable landings than most park skis make this a sweet big kicker ski.
Not a 9 because I think they could have been stiffer. Not a 10 because it is a compromise of sorts depending on the conditions and what part of the mountain you are skiing.
They ski switch VERY VERY nicely. I can't emphasize how nice this is especially considering they are not centermount.
They are stable in the air.
Turn fast if you want- or take it easy both pretty offortlessly if your a bigger guy.
Did I mention they RIP through all sorts of conditions??!!?
I like this ski a lot. It does what I want it to when I want it to do it. I ski anything in bounds or back country except large cliffs and I am a pretty big guy- 200 lbs, 6'1".
My first time on the ski was hiking back country. For thick fresh powder, the ski is a little slugish, but overall pretty decent. I knew it wouldnt be a great ski for powder before I got it. I think part of this is the sidecut is a little much for powder. If I was going to mostly ski powder with this ski I would want to have gotten the size bigger. I got this ski to take me wherever I want to go on the mountain and be responsive and fast in every day non backcountry conditions. I like the shape of the tips and tails, they are pretty curved up.
Today Wolf Creek Ski Area re-opened just for the day. The coverage of the snow was good but everything was frozen this morning. The ski took everything I could dish out too it. Big long sweeping turns across frozen crusty mogule fields. It cut through the most intense ice-crud as I skied FAST and generally in control (partially thanks to the ski)... Wolf Creek had been closed for 2 weeks so the snow was crusty and frozen. That didn't stop me from enjoying the morning very much and overall I skied way fast the whole time (good thing there weren't that many people). The nice sharp new edges stayed where I put them. For everything other then deep/thick powder, I like the shape to these skis a lot. At one point, I was pulliing so many "G"s in a turn that the very bottoms of my feet pressed flat was the only thing I could feel in my boots. The transfer edge-to-edge is great. With the simple roll of my ankles I could navigate these skis pretty much wherever I wanted.
Then things got warm and soft. I hit some mogules and was pretty impressed. I was able to turn on a dime whenever I wanted to. Skiing mogules was as simple as an edge transfer. It felt almost as I was snaking my way in the ruts effortlessly. I got going fast and hit air off a mogul and got my skis in the air at about a 45* angel. These skis are stable in the air. They also ski switch (backwards) very nicely, especially considering my old skis were mounted more to the center then these are. They do chatter around at high speeds but if you dont look down at the skis, you dont notice. I would recomend this ski for anyone who wants a twintip ski that they can take all over the mountain and rip through all sorts of conditions. I would not get this ski if you want to ski A LOT of thick deep powder, and there are probably other skis that are better at more spicific things. This ski seems to do well with many different conditions and different skiing but its not extremly good at any one thing. Its just the ski I want right now and I am happy with my ski decesion. Hopefully Head skis are as bombproof as everyone says they are.
I like the somewhat aggressive sidecut, tips, and tales. The graphis are nothings too special at all, but the part on the tails is sort of cool.
At $460 I got these skis cheaper then I thought I would and on top of that, I really like them. Im not sure how much they were at the begining of the season, but I would say they are worth almost every dollar. That being said, I don't know if I would pay much more then $560 for them (and that goes for next years model assuming it doesn't change much form this one).
The flex is more consistant throughout the ski then I am used to. I had Lines and then I had High Societys. Both were softer at the tips and tails then the Mojo. They also felt stiff and FAST side-to-side or edge-to-edge, especially considering how wide they are.
I hear they are durable. They sure seem to be holding up so far, but its only really been a day and a half skiing on them. They are wood which is better then foam. The topsheats seem to have a majic coating of glossy clear plastic which seems to keep its gloss as it gets scratched off but WHO CARES -I suppose its kind of nice but it would be nicer if the graphics they were protecting were better.
Overall I really enjoyed these skis, I think if they had proper bindings instead of some shit demo bindings that I would have given them a better review. The bindings did ruin the day a bit, even though I cranked the DIN up, I still had one double eject and 2 singles, none of which were deserved. The ski's were great though, and I would recommend them to anyone, and I am in fact considering them for myself for next season.
The ski's performed well, I tested them in the pontiac race center, they performed well there however they are not race ski's. They were narrow enough to be a decent ski in the moguls. They were light enough to throw around in the park and on groomers they ripped. Unfortunatley there was no fresh snow when I was demoing these skis, but overall I was very impressed with how they performed.
They looked beautiful, I reall liked the design, especially the embossed name. The skis were well designed to perform in most conditions.
I got them for the day for free, so ya, great value there.
I felt these skis were stiff enough, however, in the morning, charging some frozen crud I wish they were a bit more powerful to bust through it.
They survived a tough day, from the park, to the couloir extreme, to gates and everything in between and never complained.