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56 skis tested by professionals

Ski Review 2018



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Head WC Rebels iShape Pro [click]
Type of ski : Men's recreational groomers
Best performance!Best performance!
A bit "overpowered" for this category, the iShape Pro from Head is not a tool for the inexperienced. It’s docile as long as you already have good technical skills under your belt. At medium speeds with a well-positioned rider, it’s really easy to enter and hold rock steady turns. Entering carved turns is intuitive and the ski will hold a steady speed as it engages in relatively dynamic turns. On the other hand, the iShape Pro is far less happy in slower back-leaning skid turns, hampered by its relative stiffness and somewhat grippy tail. We wouldn’t recommend this ski to beginners. On the other hand, it’s a good choice for riders who already master carving techniques (beginning of ESF class 3) and who want an easy, progressive tool to hone their technique.

Liked: Overall performance Versatile Excellent slicing clean arcs/carving Easy turn initiation Stability ...

Disliked: Lack of accessibility Demanding both physically and technically ...

Head Kore 93 [click]
Type of ski : All Mountain 50/50

An excellent surprise in the 2018 review, the Kore 93 designed by Head impressed the PROSKILAB reviewers and deserves its place among the top skis on the market. The model has no qualms about concentrating on accessibility in an area in which it's very popular. Overall behaviour both on and off piste is good, and it also has a playful nature that’s great fun. The ski is globally easy-going, and doesn’t need too much physical effort to be steered, whether on piste or in freeride. Off-piste, its tolerance, agility and transition to crud was impressive. In our view, the Kore 93 is the ideal ski for intermediary to very good, light to medium build riders, who want to discover the fun of off-piste. More experienced or heavier riders will probably prefer a different model.

Liked: A highly accessible ski Reassuring and no surprises behaviour Manages all snow conditions Versatile Agile off-piste Dynamic and playful Easy...

Disliked: Performance falls short A relatively flexible ski for light to medium riders ...

Head Supershape i.Magnum [click]
Type of ski : On-piste cruisers

The Supershape i.Magnum is very much a short turn ski, an area it excels in thanks to the fast edge to edge transfer, easy turn initiation, good bite and lively rebound. However, the ski is far less happy when we try to extend the turns. It’s a good tool for riders looking for a slalom ski that will rip down the slopes in very dynamic short turns.

Liked: Responsive in short turns Easy turn initiation Fast edge to edge transfer Great grip...

Disliked: A specialised short turn ski, it's noticeably less happy in long turns...

Head WC Rebels i.Speed [click]
Type of ski : Giant slalom

Coming in 6th in a review that tests the best skis on the market is not bad at all. The WC i.Speed is a good ski but, like its Slalom cousin, unfortunately lacks some of the oomph found in its race-inspired rivals in the category. The reviewers appreciated the ski’s overall consistency and conviviality, especially in medium turns. We recommend this ski for intermediary to very good riders who love medium turns and want to up their performance.

Liked: A well-balanced ski with reassuring behaviour Good turn initiation Very lively in medium turns ...

Disliked: Limited at high speed and on hard pack, where grip and stability may be wanting...

Head WC rebels i.SL [click]
Type of ski : Slalom

A good ski overall, but the WC Rebels i.SL suffers from a slight lack of performance compared to its more race-oriented rivals. The ski is very flexible for this category and has real qualities in terms of comfort and accessibility. While it's globally efficient, it struggles a little when pushed to its limits. At very high speed on hard pack, it's difficult to anchor correctly and hard to keep up the pressure. The reviewers were a bit disappointed by an overall lack of energy, especially the lack of momentum coming out of turns. However, despite its positioning, we should keep in mind that this ski was selected from among the top skis currently on the market in a particularly demanding category. Overall, it’s a good slalom type leisure ski that we recommend for intermediary to good skiers looking for comfort rather than pure performance.

Liked: Good overall performance Easy turn initiation Generally user-friendly for this category Easy to understand and quick to get to grips with Comforta...

Disliked: A flexible ski with limited speed, especially on hard pack Loses pressure in very dynamic turns Less punchy turn initiation Lacks impetus coming ...

Head Epic Joy SLR [click]
Type of ski : Women's high-end

The Epic Joy by Head has obviously put the emphasis on lightness, an important factor for ladies' skis. The ski is incredibly light underfoot. Very easy in turn initiation, happy in skid turns, it’s really easy to steer until you reach medium speeds. At full throttle, especially on hard pack, it slows down. The ski loses its stability, pressure is less consistent, and it's a lot more challenging to steer. The Epic Joy is a good early stage ski that would certainly have shined in our old "Intermediate women's cruisers" category. It will be a big hit with beginners and second stage riders who’re mainly looking for simplicity and lightness.

Liked: An extremely light ski Very accessible Generally smooth at medium speeds ...

Disliked: Performance a little wanting Lacks stability, inconsistent pressure, turn entry is trickier when we step up the pace ...

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